Internship Gives Student Pilots a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Airline Operations

Full motion simulator time and a provisional letter of employment before you even finish your flight training?  It sounds too good to be true, but that’s exactly what the GoJet Airlines Wingman program offers.  This semester-long internship identifies promising pilots while they’re still in flight school and gives them a behind the scenes look at what to expect when they land their first commercial airline job.

The Wingman internship includes a two-day visit to GoJet’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis, where participants have the opportunity to talk with new pilots who are actually in systems training, as well as sit in on a new hire class to get a feel for what their training will be like.  Students are also exposed to the departments within our Ops Center that they’ll interact with when flying the line, including Dispatch, Crew Scheduling and Maintenance Control.  Best of all, the Wingman interns have the opportunity to fly in a full-motion CRJ simulator.

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Wingman interns are also eligible for limited jumpseat privileges on GoJet, giving them the rare opportunity to observe a commercial flight from the flight deck.  “Definitely the most valuable experience that I’ve had as part of the Wingman Program has been jumpseating on a revenue flight from St. Louis to Chicago,” said Adam Bos, an aviation student at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a current Wingman intern. “Watching a professional crew operate was an impressive and rewarding experience.”

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Even after finishing an aviation degree or flight school, most student pilots still must build a significant amount of flight time before they’re eligible to apply with a commercial airline.  However, once they earn their hours, Wingman participants are spared the stress of looking for a job, as they receive a provisional offer of employment upon completion of their internship.  They also receive early access to GoJet training materials, which means that can they start studying for our training program while they’re still earning their hours, increasing their chances of success.

If you’re an ambitious student pilot who wants to get a head start on your commercial aviation career, get in touch with one of our pilot recruiters. For contact information, complete program eligibility requirements and a current list of affiliate schools, please click here.