Aviation for Women

MAR-APR 2016

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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70 Aviation forWomen M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 6 W hat does an internship mean to you? If you're a student, it might mean a foot in the door. Or a (small) paycheck (fnally) coming from your chosen feld. If you're an employer, it might mean an extra set of hands to help with the workload around the offce. And hopefully it means an opportunity to mentor someone along for future success in your industry. Without a doubt, landing an internship after graduation changed my life, and really infuenced my entire career. I'll save you the more boring details, but I did not head off to college to work in aviation. I liked to write, I fgured I could make money as a journalist, and so off I went to learn about reporting and editing. Along the way I found myself at the airport—not surpris- ing, I guess, when you're attending the University of Wiscon- sin Oshkosh. I fell in love with airplanes working at the FBO to pay for journalism school, and one day I got busted study- ing my Jeppesen Private Pilot Man- ual in the journalism department's reading room. One of my profes- sors suggested I contact EAA, and just like that I had been handed the tools to blend my passion and profession. Internships come in all shapes and sizes. You might be willing to move across the country for the right gig, or even pleasantly surprised at what you can fnd in your own back- yard. And more and more companies are offering telecom- mute opportunities as well. For employers, internships are a great way to fnd future full- time employees. Not only will the company beneft from the by Kelly Nelson ; A L E A R N I N G E X P E R I E N C E Internships offer teachable moments for students and staff Internships offer a wide variety of learn- ing experiences— here's Kelly Nelson on her frst aerobatic fight after an inter- view with pilot Mike Mancuso during her internship with EAA. PHIL WESTON/COURTESY EAA

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