FAA Minority Serving Institutions Intern Program

FAA Minority Serving Institutions Intern Program

Harness your passion for aviation or aerospace through a hands-on experience with the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) serves as the guiding force in ensuring air transport systems are safe, efficient and reliable worldwide. If you have an interest in the fields of aviation and aerospace, the FAA MSI Intern program could be a great fit for you.

This paid internship program gives you meaningful work experience and a unique opportunity to chart your career path. The FAA has locations throughout the nation, including its Washington, D.C., headquarters, and employs a wide array of technical, industrial and business professionals.  

The MSI Internship Program is open to all eligible undergraduate and graduate college students from all types of cultural backgrounds and a variety of academic fields. An important focus of the program is providing opportunities to eligible students from groups that have been underrepresented in Aviation, Aeronautics and STEM such as: African-Americans, Asian Americans and other Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Persons with Disabilities, Student Veterans and Women. 

Due to COVID-19 considerations, the 2021 iteration of the program will be virtual. Interns will engage in remote work as directed by mentors and program guidelines.


To be eligible to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen. Dual citizens (those holding citizenship with more than one country) are not eligible for the program.
  • Be able to work a full-time schedule (~40 hours a week) or part-time (20 hours minimum) for the duration of the program.
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university. 
  • Must have completed one year of college credits (i.e., minimum of 2nd year standing for undergraduates at the time of application)
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a confirmed interest in FAA and the scope of work presented in the internship job description.

Preferred majors include:

  • Aviation (Aviation Management, Aeronautical Science, Aeronautical Engineering)
  • Business Administration
  • Communications (Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media)
  • Computer Science/Computer Information Systems
  • Cyber Security
  • Engineering (General, Electrical, Mechanical, Aerodynamics, Aerospace, Computer)
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Studies
  • Law
  • Management Information Systems
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Space Studies
  • Systems Engineering
  • Web Design/Development

Program Components

During this 10-week Summer and 15-week Fall and Spring program, you will intern up to five days per week at the Federal Aviation Administration either in Washington, D.C. or in regional offices across the country.

You will gain professional experience in Aviation and Aerospace facilities nationwide, spanning a variety of career fields such as aviation research, flight standards and operations, computer science, engineering (aerospace, computer, civil, electronics, electrical, and mechanical), finance, business, legal, and other aviation and transportation studies. The assignments you work on will be matched with your skills, knowledge, and abilities, allowing you to obtain career-related professional experience where support is needed to Lines of Business (LOB) offices in the FAA headquarters, regional offices, and/or centers.

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Program Benefits

As an intern at the FAA, you will get hands-on, practical experience, mentorship and guidance at the organization dedicated to providing the American public with the safest, most efficient and environmentally responsible aviation systems and airspace possible. FAA interns get:

  • Stipend ($16/hour for undergraduates; $20/hour for graduate students)
  • Round-trip airfare to your assignment location
  • A rich, fulfilling experience that includes orientations, workshops, field trips, mentoring and coaching

Full-time (40 hours/week) or part-time (20 hours/week) internships are available, depending on the location and FAA needs.

Housing and Living

The Federal Aviation Administration does not provide housing for interns. However, suggestions for affordable housing in the internship area can be provided per your request.

Academic Credit

You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. TWC does not grant credit. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution prior to starting the program.

Dates and Deadlines

Application Priority Consideration Deadline: March 25, 2021 
Final Application Deadline: April 2, 2021
Final Candidate Selection: March- April, 2021 
Program Dates: June 7, 2021- August 13, 2021 

How to Apply

Express your interest in the FAA Minority Serving Institutions Intern Program using this form:

Program Interest Form

Upon submission of a completed interest form, your resume will be considered for referral to a variety of intern positions within the FAA based on availability in a given term (Fall, Spring and Summer). Before a referral is made, we'll contact you to confirm your availability, eligibility and interest in being referred for a position.

If you have any application related questions please reach out the FAA Program Advisor at faa@twc.edu.