With the summer drawing to a close, we’ll soon be saying goodbye to three talented young interns who have been contributing to the operation in big ways. Aviation students Morgan Hunlen, Jade Lubinski, and Alex Dupre all took full advantage of the opportunity to move their studies beyond the classroom, and will have an abundance of new knowledge when they leave.
Morgan, a recent Aeronautical Sciences graduate from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, says that she didn’t know what to expect going into the internship, but she found herself hard at work less than a week in. Over the course of the summer, she was immersed in a wide variety of projects, including auditing crew files and approach plates, preparing materials for new hire classes, and assisting with an ambitious project to completely revamp GoJet’s current PowerPoint-based training for new hire pilots into modern and interactive computer-based learning programs.
“I’ve learned a lot, and have done things that I wouldn’t have imagined I would be doing,” says Morgan. “Everything I do feels like a contribution to the company. Even if it’s filing documents, you know that it’s all valid work, and that everything has to be done.”
Morgan said that one of the things that stood out to her the most during her time at GoJet was the company’s commitment to diversity. “I’m looking for a diverse and accepting workplace where I can succeed while being myself,” she remarked, “and I get that feeling of community with GoJet.”
Jade, a sophomore at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, decided to intern with GoJet because she liked the idea of working for a regional airline first, before jumping in with one of the major airlines. She describes her internship as “eye-opening,” and has been impressed by the exposure she’s had to different areas of the airline. “This internship has shown me how so many different departments operate, and I don’t think that I would have had such a well-rounded an experience with a different company,” she said.
Jade spent the majority of her summer with our Flight Operations team and provided major assistance to the Flight Ops Training Coordinator and the St. Louis Base Manager. Jade’s projects this summer included auditing the pilot seniority list, challenging delay codes, administering the Pilot Referral & Mentor programs, and planning a crew appreciation breakfast.
Alex, who is going into his senior year at Jacksonville University, spent his summer working in Records, and compared the atmosphere at GoJet to that of a family-type business. “With each project assigned to me, I learned a lot, and I feel like I’m contributing as much to GoJet as if I were a full-time employee,” he said.
One of Alex’s biggest project this summer was helping write a manual for new hires in Crew Records. He also helped with pilot audits, shadowed different departments, and sat in on Flight Ops meetings.
All three interns agree that the opportunity to be a part of an airline is an experience that just can’t be duplicated in a classroom.
“There are just some things that you can’t teach in a classroom; you have to actually be there. I get to be there with GoJet,” Jade remarked. She went on to say, “You don’t really get to see how an airline operates while you’re in school. Classes are great for the technical side of piloting, like maneuvers and planning, but as an intern, you get to see how the process actually works. This helps you understand what your life will be like.”
Alex found that there’s no substitute for the hands-on experience that a quality internship can provide. “I honestly feel that I’ve learned more in a few weeks as an intern than I have in some of my classes,” he admitted. Morgan agrees. “My classes were helpful,” she says, “but GoJet’s environment builds on what I’ve learned. I now know that I don’t just have a foot in the door, but a more well-rounded experience, that isn’t necessarily laser-focused.”
All three interns recommend this program for any aviation student looking for a meaningful professional experience to complement their education.
“Interning with GoJet will increase your knowledge of the airline industry,” says Jade. “Most larger company internships just focus on either pilots or Flight Ops. But here, you get to move around the whole company, all the while working alongside different people.”
“Interning for a regional airline is the way to go, in my opinion,” Alex added. “You’ll be able to do more things that you want to do, spend more time in different departments, do more hands-on work, build stronger relationships with co-workers, and most importantly, have fun.”
Morgan stressed that one of the biggest benefits of the internship is that it gives students the opportunity to make a real impact. “I am grateful that I’ve been able to participate in so many assignments that were not just busy work, but essential to the smooth operation of the airline as a whole,” she said. ” I definitely feel like I’ve been given a real and substantial opportunity at GoJet to not only broaden my horizons but live up to the standards expected of every great employee here, and it’s been nothing but an amazing experience.”
It’s never to early to start thinking about next year! If you’re an aviation student and would like to be considered for next year’s program, contact Steve Paduchak at Steven.Paduchak@gojetairlines.com.