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Airport Operations Safety Intern

May - August 2019 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

Traveling, networking, learning, exclusive events

What I wish was different

More projects

Advice

Keep up to date on current events in the industry
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United Summer Associate

June - July 2019 • Dulles, VA

What I liked

I like how United made their interns to perform different jobs and shadow different departments

What I wish was different

There were only 2 shifts, one is from 6-2.30, second is from 10-6.30. I wish there were other schedules

Advice

Be prepared to stand for 8 hours straight
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Component Engineering Support

June - August 2018 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Lot of professional development and refinement of communication skills. Also, expanding my network and making friends.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Go in assuming you know very little and take every opportunity to learn something new
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Summer Intern

May - September 2018 • Elizabeth, NJ

What I liked

I loved the experience and the people I met and networked with.

What I wish was different

Offer some sort of travel benefits.

Advice

Always be on time.
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Network Planning Intern

June - September 2018 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

It was great! Interesting work, great team, and excellent travel benefits.

What I wish was different

One of the three projects I worked on was a little dull, but it is not coming back next year.

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask people for help- everyone is really nice and willing to!
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Structures Engineering Intern

June - September 2017 • San Francisco, CA

What I liked

Benefits

What I wish was different

More work

Advice

Do it
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financial planning & analysis intern

June - August 2017 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

Great exposure to senior leadership, great travel benefits, interesting to learn about the dynamic airline industry

What I wish was different

More learning and development opportunities

Advice

Definitely take advantage of networking and talking with people throughout the company. You get out of the internship what you put in.
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Propulsion Engineer

September - December 2017 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

United is a great company to work for especially if you have an interest in aviation. Not very technical work, but an engineering mindset allows you to excel.

What I wish was different

Wish they gave a relocation stipend prior to moving. Instead it comes with the first paycheck.

Advice

Take advantage of the flight benefits.
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Environmental Affairs Intern

June - September 2017 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

Free airfare, corporate sustainability experience, phenomenal networking opportunities, business knowledge, amazing people, can I just say everything?

What I wish was different

Had more time in the day to finish all projects. Wish I had asked more questions.

Advice

Ask questions, network whenever possible, always ask how you can help and if there is anything you can do before you leave for the day.
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Customer Service Delivery Intern

June - August 2018 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

I learned a lot about the airline industry, and got to shadow a lot of different operations that go into an airline's customer experience. My project was difficult, but it taught me a lot and I got to learn a lot of skills and the nuances of navigating a corporate job. Everyone at United really cared about me personally and professionally, and I had a lot of networking opportunities to see what other groups around the office were doing. The coolest perk of the job was that I got free flights! I flew wherever I wanted in the world every weekend. Some of my favorite trips were Amsterdam, Brussels, Edinburgh for the Fourth of July, Austin, TX, and Washington, D.C. It was also great for visiting friends and family.

What I wish was different

Advice

I would suggest networking with people at United early if you want a job with them. I got to know my department's lead Michigan recruiter early on in the process, and it helped a lot. I also recommend networking a lot once at the company. United is doing so many cool things and there are so many opportunities to learn more. I was in Customer Service Delivery (operations), but I talked to people in Cyber Security, Network Planning, Airport Safety Operations, and I even flew out to Washington, D.C. to shadow the Regulatory and Policy team to learn about government relations at the company. It's all about making your diverse interests known and having the confidence to reach out to people.
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Customer Service Delivery Intern

May - August 2018 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

I loved how United treated me like a member of the team and allowed me to participate in multiple hands-on projects throughout the summer! I was able to learn so much over the 12 short weeks I was there.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Airport Operations and Field Ops Intern

May - August 2018 • Newark, NJ

What I liked

Working in an airport is always interesting and high-energy; the airline industry is fast-pace and never runs out of problems that need solving. I was rarely bored working this job. The flying benefit also allows you and one friend to fly anywhere for free or extremely discounted domestically and internationally. There is lots of room for growth and exploration.

What I wish was different

I worked the same position two years in a row. The first year I didn't feel like I was doing projects described by the job description. I spoke up and the second year I was working on projects that were directly applicable to my major/interests and I learned a lot.

Advice

Take advantage of every opportunity, both with the job and flying benefit. United Airlines is a major company, so it has endless connections to make. Talk to everyone you meet and never be afraid to put yourself out there. Also take advantage of the flying benefit! You don't get the opportunity for free flights often.
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