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 Government.

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 Internship program could be a great fit for you.

Funded by the FAA and administered by The Washington Center, this is a unique opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students like you, to get hands-on experience with the Federal Government while learning more about the aspects of the nation’s greatest aerospace system in the world. Students attending a Minority Serving Institution are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Spring Semester Program is 15 weeks long and will tentatively run from January 27th–April 8th, 2020.


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

This is a fully-funded program sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program, roundtrip travel to your assignment location (if your permanent residence is more than 50 miles away), as well as a local transportation stipend. You will be responsible for living expenses. However, you will receive a stipend to help alleviate these expenses. 

Spring Semester Stipend

  • Round-trip airfare to and from internship location
  • Full-time students: $9,705 stipend for undergraduate students or $12,051 for graduate students if participating for 15 weeks
  • Part-time students: $16/hour for undergraduate students or $20/hour for graduate students
  • Stipend for local transportation: $600 for full-time students, adjusted for hours for part-time students
  • Housing is not provided - interns are expected to use their stipend for any housing-related expenses

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

View the application instructions here, and submit an application here. Summer semester applications are due no later than April 10, 2020.

Apply Now

If you have any application related questions please reach out to Lina Padilla, FAA Program Advisor, at faa@twc.edu or (202) 238-7737.