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Students Learn About Industry Opportunities Through NBAA Internships

July 11, 2017

The need to attract new, talented workers to the business aviation industry continues to be a concern for companies. With collegiate aviation programs focused almost exclusively on job opportunities with commercial airlines, business aviation interests have increasingly turned to internships as an effective means to attract suitable candidates to the industry.

As in past years, NBAA's 2017 summer internship program is providing young professionals with chances to explore the scope of career opportunities within the industry. College students Benjamin Ebbinghouse (pictured), Jake Kendrick, Justin Prasai and Holly Strauss are assisting NBAA staff while gaining valuable, first-hand experience working in business aviation.

Prasai, a junior at the University of Maryland, is working on a variety of projects for NBAA’s Operations Department, including the 2017 edition of the association’s Light Business Airplane Buyer’s Guide – which is slated for release at the end of the summer – and assessing Customs and Border Protection facilities serving general aviation operators.

“I've learned a lot about business aviation and the opportunities in this industry,” he said. “I used to feel restricted to working on the commercial side of aviation, but I've developed quite a taste and passion to work within business aviation, and learning the depth of this industry.”

Introducing students to business aviation careers is the primary focus of NBAA's internship program, explained Sarah Wolf, CAM, NBAA's senior manager for security and facilitation.

“Many students simply don't realize the number of potential jobs available to them within our industry,” she explained. “The summer internship program provides students with the chance to learn more about these opportunities, while NBAA benefits from their fresh perspectives on numerous aspects of our industry.”

Ebbinghouse, an aerospace/flight dispatch major who earned Part 121 dispatch certification earlier this year, learned about the NBAA internship program from one of his professors at Middle Tennessee State University.

“I applied for the internship to further my knowledge of the aviation industry, to gain useful experience about the world of aviation business and to also network and make connections that could possibly benefit me in the future,” said Ebbinghouse.

NBAA offers resources to help students looking for internships, as well as businesses wanting to start their own internship programs.

View NBAA’s student resources.

View NBAA’s internship resources.