Paid internships are available at all three of Duncan Aviation’s full-service facilities – in Battle Creek, Michigan; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Provo, Utah. The company plans to welcome 33 student interns in the summer of 2021. The programme is designed to give students insight into the company and the possible careers they could embark on in business aviation service and support.
The internships, listed on the company’s career page, are being offered in the Airframe, Engine, Install and Interior production departments.
Each internship is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experiences in production and learn how to apply what they have learned in technical school to the real world.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Duncan Aviation continued to work closely with several technical schools, welcoming 14 interns during the summer of 2020.
“Our internship programme is a paid opportunity in which students get to experience a new location for the summer and network with others in the industry,” said Jennifer Monroe, senior talent acquisition specialist. “It plays a critical role in the recruitment and development of future Duncan Aviation technicians. One of the most valuable benefits of the programme is once interns get the chance to experience Duncan Aviation’s culture, they are sold on the company and want to stay. We have had many long-term hires result from this programme.”
The company added that interns are treated like any other new hire. They participate in a two-day orientation class to gain a solid understanding of the company and culture. They are placed on teams, paired with a mentor, and given actual projects to work on.
Through their pairing with experienced technicians, interns have a chance to build relationships and learn at a deeper level, expanding on what they’ve learned in the classroom. In addition, they are held to the same standards and expectations as full-time team members.