Unique Internship Provides Firsthand Look at Airline Operations

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Steve Paduchak, Training Analyst & Internship Program Coordinator

Are you looking for an internship that provides extensive, behind-the-scenes exposure to all facets of an airline operation?  Look no further than the GoJet Airlines internship program.  This unique program exposes college students to all of the people and departments it takes to keep an airline flying.  Data Training Analyst Steve Paduchak, himself a former GoJet intern, now coordinates the internship program, and works hard to ensure that each participant has a quality experience.

Steve participated in the GoJet internship program during the summer of 2014, when  he was an Aviation Management student at Jacksonville University.  Steve says that his desire to have a more well-rounded understanding of aviation is what led him to apply for the program.  “Going into the internship, I  had been previously exposed to airport operations, like runway inspections, and the management side of the industry,” he explained.  “However, I wanted to also be exposed to other aspects of the aviation industry, including airline, and air traffic management.”

Steven says that one of his biggest takeaways from the experience was a new appreciation for the amount of departmental collaboration that goes into running an airline.  “The internship really opened my eyes to what airline management entails, right down to just how many different people are involved in just one flight operation,” he remarked.  “From pilots and flight attendants, to mechanics, schedulers and dispatchers, everyone has a role to play in the success of each flight.”

After he completed his degree, Steve was offered a full-time position as a Flight Operations Training Analyst.  Shortly thereafter, he jumped at the opportunity to again be involved in the internship program, this time as the Program Coordinator.  “I’m very passionate about both pursuing opportunities, and providing opportunities that could benefit others,” says Steve.  “I had a great experience a few years ago, and taking over the internship program was the perfect opportunity for me to pay it forward.”

Steve stresses that the biggest advantage of the program is the varied exposure it provides, regardless of what aviation program a student may be studying.  “Whether you’re a pilot, flight operations, dispatch, or management student, you’re going to see the entire operation as an intern.”

In addition to receiving travel benefits through United Airlines, GoJet interns also receive a weekly stipend of $100 to help with expenses.  And as Steve’s experience shows, an internship at GoJet could very well lead to a full-time position after graduation.

To learn more about the GoJet Airlines internship program, please contact Steve at steven.paduchak@gojetairlines.com.