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Flight Operations Intern

There’s never been a more exciting time to join United Airlines. We’re on a path towards becoming the best airline in the history of aviation. Our shared purpose – Connecting People, Uniting the World – is about more than getting people from one place to another. It also means that as a global company that operates in hundreds of locations around the world with millions of customers and tens of thousands of employees, we have a unique responsibility to uplift and provide opportunities in the places where we work, live and fly, and we can only do that with a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. And we’re growing – in the years ahead, we’ll hire tens of thousands of people across every area of the airline. Our careers include competitive benefits package aimed at keeping you happy, healthy and well-traveled. From employee-run "Business Resource Group" communities to world-class benefits like parental leave, 401k and privileges like space available travel, United is truly a one-of-a-kind place to work. Are you ready to travel the world?

Get ready for a career at the leading edge of the airline industry! Our Flight Operations team works hard to connect people and unite the world safely, reliably and efficiently every single day. From industry leadership and pioneering technologies to next-level training — our Flight Ops team hires, trains, qualifies and supports the best pilots in the industry. The moments we share in the air and on the ground with our customers and our colleagues make United a special place to work and a great way to fly, together.

Key Responsibilities:

  • United Airlines Flight Operations Intern Program (FOIP) is designed to give enrolled students insight and exposure into the operation of a global airline for 16 weeks. The FOIP combines a student’s academic and career interests with valuable work experience in the commercial air carrier environment.

Locations: Chicago, IL/ Denver, CO/ Houston, TX/ Los Angeles, CA/ Newark, NJ/ San Francisco, CA/ Washington, DC/Orlando, FL

Start and end dates: September 9, 2024 - December 20, 2024

During the internship the student will be assigned a mentor to work with who is responsible for monitoring their progress throughout the semester. The mentor will be responsible for assigning tasks, special projects and directing the intern on a daily basis. There may also be opportunities to travel to other cities within our network on business trips and off-site visits

  • Support Flight Operations business processes in and staff in Chief Pilot Offices, at the Flight Training Center, and or at the Corporate Support Center, as directed.

United values diverse experiences, perspectives, and we encourage everyone who meets the minimum qualifications to apply. While having the “desired” qualifications make for a stronger candidate, we encourage applicants who may not feel they check ALL of those boxes! We are always looking for individuals who will bring something new to the table!

Qualifications - External

What’s needed to succeed (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • FAA Instrument rating
  • FAA Medical (First, Second, or Third class required
  • Valid (Not Expired) Passport required for international travel
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Must be willing to relocate and secure housing in assigned location
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S for any employer without sponsorship or future sponsorship for a full/part time position
  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualifications
  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position

What will help you propel from the pack (Preferred Qualifications):

  • FAA Commercial Certificate highly preferred
  • FAA Multi-Engine Rating

United Airlines is an equal opportunity employer. United Airlines recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, veteran status and other protected status as required by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions. Please contact to request accommodation.

Posted through 06/30/2024

The starting monthly rate for this position is $17.50/hour dependent on job-related, non-discriminatory factors such as experience, education level, and skills. This range is based on a temporary full-time schedule.

*For interns in the following stations please use the following hourly rates: 


Hourly Rate

SFO - $20.72

LAX - $18.78

LGA - $18.00

JFK - $18.00

EWR - $18.00


Bonus eligible: No


At United, we offer a competitive compensation package, with benefits including: medical, dental, vision, life, accident and disability, commuter, and flight privileges.

Salary and benefits information is being included in this job posting in accordance with Colorado state law.