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.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic fields, 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.  

Students attending a Minority Serving Institution are strongly encouraged to apply.


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

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • 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 a currently enrolled as a full-time graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited U.S. college or university, with a graduation date after the internship ends.
  • 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
  • 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.

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:

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

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.

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 to Lina Padilla, FAA Program Advisor, at faa@twc.edu or (202) 238-7737.