Aerospace Industries Association Internships – Summer 2020

The Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) is the premier trade association representing the nation’s leading aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers, and is the authoritative voice on issues of civil and commercial space, commercial aviation, defense and security and national airspace systems. The Association was founded in 1919 by early aviation pioneers. For nearly 100 years, AIA has been the industry voice shaping the policies that matter most to our members. AIA’s expertise represents the interests of manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial systems, space systems, aircraft engines, missiles, materiel, and related components, equipment, services, and information technology.

About the AIA Summer Intern Program:

AIA’s 2019 Summer Intern Program requires a commitment of a minimum of 10 weeks, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. Interns should expect to work 33 hours per week and will receive a weekly stipend of $500.  To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to: with “ATTN: AIA Summer Intern Program” in the subject line. For additional information about AIA, please visit:

Internships posted by January 13

Application deadline: February 28

Decisions are generally made by: March 30


  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing, an advanced student or a recent graduate
  • Should have at least a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Desirable fields of education:  Public Policy, Political Science, Journalism, Business Management, Aerospace, Engineering, Design

AIA Summer Intern Program opportunities are in the following functional areas:

  • Communications
  • Corporate Events
  • Civil Aviation Policy
  • Graphic Design
  • International Affairs
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Strategy & Integration
  • Technical Operations

Some representative descriptions providing the responsibilities and qualifications of some of the positions are listed below. As a non-profit association, our internships provide exceptional access to our member organizations that are leaders in the aerospace and defense industries.

Consistent with our commitment to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly believe that diversity contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a better organization and better results. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team wherever we can, and we actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of it.

Communications Intern

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is seeking a dynamic individual to join the communications team for a fall internship. AIA represents an industry that moves, connects and inspires people and drives the American economy. We are looking for a storyteller who can help us share our story through media outreach, events, and digital content. During our centennial year in 2019, we expect to be supporting a range of high-profile events aimed at highlighting the impact of our industry and the innovations that will drive the future. We are looking for a communications or journalism major to help out in all aspects of our busy office. Duties include: writing articles for our website; drafting press releases; helping organize meetings and other event planning; conducting research; collaborating with our Membership team for member communications; and special projects. Join us for a first-hand look at modern digital advocacy!

Corporate Events Intern

The Aerospace Industries Association is seeking a forward-thinking, energetic individual with a passion for events to join the Corporate Events team and support AIA’s portfolio of events, including multi-day conferences and receptions at international air shows.  Attended by leading executives in the aerospace industry, AIA events offer insights from the nation’s top thought leaders, discussions on the latest trends and innovations, and unparalleled networking opportunities.

The Corporate Events team is looking for someone who can bring fresh perspectives to the event planning and management process; in turn, this candidate will have the opportunity to work on exciting, high-impact events in a creative and collaborative environment.  This internship is a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of event planning, including developing marketing materials, identifying latest trends, assisting with logistics, budgeting, and registration, and performing various research duties.


Applicants should be comfortable engaging externally on behalf of the association, enjoy planning and thinking creatively, and have event management experience.

Civil Aviation Policy Intern

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is seeking a Civil Aviation Policy Intern to assist our team on several exciting policy projects this summer. AIA is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the U.S. aerospace and defense industry on Capitol Hill, within the administration and internationally. We represent more than 340 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers, embodying every high-technology manufacturing segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry including commercial aviation and avionics, manned and unmanned defense systems, and space technologies and satellite communications.

Duties would include monitoring and analyzing relevant and potentially impactful regulatory and legislative issues for our members and specific Committees, Subcommittees and Working Groups. This position would also work with our communications staff to assist on messaging these issues to external parties and help craft effective ways to communicate with our internal members. Other duties may include ensuring accuracy of information on AIA’s database and coordinate relevant stakeholder meetings.

Issues that we frequently cover include: commercial aviation safety and manufacturing items, environmental issues including noise, emissions and chemical policy, unmanned aircraft systems, urban air mobility and air traffic management. The intern is tasked with supporting the Civil Aviation staff as necessary and should expect to gain valuable knowledge about civil aviation and engage with policymakers in this area.


Applicants should be strongly motivated, have excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) abilities, with a desire to work within the aerospace industry.

Applicants should also have a basic understanding of the legislative and rulemaking processes.

Graphic Design Intern

The Aerospace Industries Association is looking for a graphic design intern to help assist with print, web, and video production. This would be a great opportunity to build your portfolio, learn about the aerospace and defense industry, and make connections in the industry that could lead to future opportunities.

You will gain real-world experience and have the opportunity to learn under our creative director. Types of projects include: print ads, web banners, web design add-ons, content management systems, marketing slicks, filming and video editing, social media, and possible travel opportunities for event support.


The ideal candidate is skilled in Adobe Creative Cloud applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. Applicants should have good conceptual ideas, solid writing and good typography sense. Interactive or video (Premiere and After Effects) experience is a plus, but not required.

 International Affairs Intern

The International Affairs internship at AIA are designed to give students exposure to the broad range of activities that take place in the international aerospace and defense marketplace. Students will also be given an opportunity to interact with member companies and the U.S. Government (with an emphasis on the Departments of Defense, State and Commerce) frequently, allowing them to build critical contacts which may lead to future career opportunities in the sector.

This position will work with the International Affairs Division, focusing on trade, export and other international relations issues. The International Division at AIA is responsible for promoting domestic and international policies and practices that help American companies compete in the global marketplace and cooperate with our allies and foreign partners. AIA’s International Council works to promote free and fair trade for U.S. aerospace and national security products to enhance national and economic security. This helps maintain the vitality of the aerospace and national security industrial base and workforce.

During the internship, students will be asked to participate in and take on a variety of projects important to AIA, while availing themselves of the broader national security / aerospace and defense conversation that occurs in Washington, DC. Tasks at AIA may include, but not be limited to organizing U.S. Government-industry dialogues, developing policy positions for consideration by AIA member companies, assisting in the planning and execution of AIA events (including the 2019 Paris Air Show), and reviewing and providing feedback on Federal regulations, including commercial trade, foreign military sales, and export controls of aerospace and defense equipment.

Legislative Affairs Intern

Interested in politics, policy, and national security? The Aerospace Industries Association’s Legislative Affairs team has an exciting opportunity to develop and execute AIA’s legislative strategy for 2018 and beyond.  Duties of the Legislative and Public Policy interns include the monitoring and analysis of pending legislation and public policy initiatives, working with congressional staff on engagements, and helping synthesize the various legislative initiatives of our member companies.

The Legislative Affairs intern will attend legislative proceedings of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and other governmental organizations.  Specific responsibilities include the preparation of testimony before congressional committees, in addition to conducting research of legislative and public policy issues for the National Security, Civil Aviation and Space divisions.  Interns should expect to gain valuable knowledge about the legislative process and be provided excellent networking opportunities.


Applicants should be strongly motivated, possess a basic knowledge of the legislative process and the aerospace and defense industries, and have solid research and writing experience.

Membership Intern

The Aerospace Industries Association has an open position for an intern who could assist on a project in the Membership area.  This project is coordinated by AIA to transition the organization to a new database system, while updating the information in its database, and developing a process for maintaining the information and keep it up to date.

The project requires outreach to our Member companies, following up on that outreach, collecting data, entering it into our new system, and quality control of our new system.  The AIA assumes professional responsibility for the work being done.


We are looking for a candidate who has a strong attention to details, excellent communication skills, and is familiar with database management.   The candidate should have experience with the Microsoft suite of office products, and databases in particular.  The workflow of the project includes electronic, as well as paper-based documentation and discussion.

Strategy & Integration Intern

The Strategy and Integration division  is seeking an intern to contribute to the team’s strategic planning and research projects as AIA celebrates its centennial in 2019.  Interns will gain knowledge of the aerospace and defense industry through a mix of quantitative and creative tasks. The intern will report to Alex Wagner, VP, Strategy and Integration.

Primary Activities Include:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research about the impact of aerospace and defense industry
  • Researching and identifying potential partner organizations
  • Providing marketing and logistics support for the Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket contest

Space Policy Intern

AIA’s Space Systems Division is seeking an intern in support of a number of initiatives to recognize the Apollo 1 crew at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), celebrate industry’s contribution to the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and to help make the case for bipartisan support of NASA’s efforts to support human exploration and other space, Earth Science and technology development activities:

  • If available early enough in the summer, we would seek support for an Apollo 11 50th Anniversary event – which could happen as soon as the week of May 13, 2019.
  • AIA’s Apollo One effort will involve working to develop a comprehensive social media driven fundraising campaign to support the design, purchase and placement of an Apollo 1 memorial at ANC that will be launched in the summer of 2019 while interest and attention to Apollo is at a high level with the public and media.
  • NASA 2020 budget and Authorization support would include supporting Space Division in its legislative outreach efforts – potentially in conjunction with member companies. This position will also involve developing content to support a social media campaign that will capitalize on the interest in the Apollo 11 Moon Landing anniversary and AIA 2050 Vision campaign to argue that a strong NASA budget with bipartisan programmatic support is needed to launch a new era of human exploration of the moon, Mars and the solar system.
  • This internship opportunity will also involve supporting the Space Systems Division’s space council meetings, committees and events. Interns could expect to meet and interact with a number of AIA Member companies as we celebrate AIA’s 100th anniversary, the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and preparations for the International Astronautics Congress which will be held in Washington, DC in October 2019.
  • Washington DC is home to a number of space advocacy, technical and international organizations that host workshops, conferences and Congressional events; this internship will provide opportunities to attend and participate in them – providing an intern with opportunities to develop contacts for future internships or employment.

Technical Operations Intern 

The Aerospace Industries Association has an open position for an intern who could assist on a project in the technical operations area.  This project is coordinated by AIA for a group of experienced aerospace engineers who are responsible for the maintenance of the National Aerospace Standards (Fasteners) of the aerospace industry.

The project requires digitizing several hundred drawings, transferring text data and technical drawings into a standardized electronic template, and preparing a document for release to the NAS Committee.  The AIA assumes professional responsibility for the work being done.


We are looking for someone who is familiar with general engineering principles, such as product specifications and technical drawing skills.  The candidate should have experience with AutoCAD systems.  The workflow of the project includes electronic, virtual as well as paper-based documentation and discussion.

Equal Opportunity Employer

AIA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression or veteran status.