Aerospace Industries Association Internships – Summer 2021

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 over 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 2021 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 19

Application deadline: February 28

Decisions are generally made by: March 31


  • 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
  • Civil Aviation Policy
  • Graphic Design
  • International Affairs
  • Membership
  • Strategy Initiatives

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 spring/summer internship. AIA represents an industry that makes it possible to move goods and people around the world, helps secure our nation, supports space exploration, and inspires the next generation. Our industry has shaped the world around us for over 100 years, from the first flight through the skies to the Space Age and daily life today, with GPS and unmanned aerial vehicles.

We are looking for a communications or journalism major to help us share our industry’s story across a variety of platforms. Duties include: media monitoring; drafting social media content and articles for our website; helping organize meetings and other event planning; conducting research; and special projects. Join us for a first-hand look at modern digital advocacy!

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.

Work of the Civil Aviation Division includes: commercial aviation safety and manufacturing items, environmental issues including noise, emissions and chemical policy, unmanned aircraft systems, urban air mobility and air traffic management, and collaboration with other aviation stakeholders on areas such as COVID-19 recovery. 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, and social media.


  • 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 is designed to give students exposure to the broad range of activities in the international aerospace and defense marketplace. Students will 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 take on a variety of projects important to AIA, while availing themselves of the broader national security / aerospace and defense dialogue 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, , and reviewing and providing feedback on Federal regulations, including commercial trade, foreign military sales, and export controls of aerospace and defense equipment.

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.

Strategic Initiatives Intern

The Strategic Initiatives division is seeking an intern to contribute to the team’s non-traditional outreach and engagement opportunities, as well as current and future talent initiatives, including diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.  We’re looking for a bold thinker to work on a mix of qualitative and creative tasks that will ultimately excite the workforce and the public about the innovation happening throughout the aerospace and defense industry—from AI to advanced air mobility to commercial space tourism.

Primary Activities Include:

  • Researching and identifying potential partner organizations, and outreach and engagement opportunities—both traditional and non-traditional
  • Assist in conceptualizing and planning AIA’s footprint at CES (January 2022) and SXSW (March 2022)
  • Supporting the Director of Workforce with planning and execution of workforce council and committee meetings and events
  • Providing marketing and logistics support for the American Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket contest

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.