Skip to content

About the AIA Intern Program

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has been that voice since 1919. Our work as an advocate and convener is essential to shaping policy, shedding light on the industry’s impact, and empowering its future. One way we invest in the future of our industry is through our Internship Program, which gives young people an opportunity to explore their career options and gain valuable skills that prepare them to enter the workforce.

AIA’s 2022 Intern Program requires a commitment of a minimum of 10 weeks, and a maximum of 12 weeks. Interns should expect to work 33 hours per week and will receive a weekly stipend of $500.

How to Apply

When you’re ready to apply, please submit your resume and cover letter via email, with “ATTN: AIA Fall Intern Program” in the subject line. If your application meets the eligibility requirements, a representative from AIA will contact you.

Deadlines and Timing

  • Internships are posted by: August 1st
  • Application deadline: September 16th
  • Decisions are generally made by: September 30th

Eligibility

  • 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

Types of Internships

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. We are looking for a communications or journalism major to help in all aspects of our busy office. Duties include writing articles for our website; drafting press releases; developing content for our social channels; helping organize meetings and other event planning; conducting research; brainstorming content for CES (January 2023), SXSW (March 2023); collaborating with our Membership team for member communications; and special projects.

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.

Qualifications:

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. 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 civil and 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 aircraft/propulsion systems design, manufacturing, maintenance, and repair; environmental issues: including sustainability, sustainable aviation fuels, noise, emissions and chemical policy; unmanned aircraft systems, advanced air mobility and air traffic management, and spectrum. The intern is tasked with supporting the Civil Aviation staff as necessary and should expect to gain valuable knowledge about the commercial industry and policy making.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be highly 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 regulatory processes

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), allowing them to build contacts which may lead to future career opportunities in the sector. This position will work with the International Affairs Division, focusing on commercial and defense and export controls.

During the internship, students will be asked to take on a variety of projects important to AIA and the division, 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, assisting division staff with day-to-day operations, assisting in organizing U.S. Government-industry dialogues, developing policy positions for consideration by AIA member companies, consolidating input on Federal regulations, including commercial trade, foreign military sales, and export controls of aerospace and defense equipment.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will come with superior writing and organizational skills and have a basic background in either international affairs or international business. Applicants should have a broad understanding of international trade, economic policy, and/or foreign affairs. Research experience is valued

Legislative Affairs Intern

Interested in politics, policy, aviation, space and national security? The Aerospace Industries Association’s Legislative Affairs team has an exciting opportunity to develop and execute AIA’s legislative strategy for 2022 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.

Qualifications:

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/Business Development intern

Interested in gaining real-world experience related to lead generation and pipeline management? The Aerospace Industries Association has an open position for an intern to work closely with the Membership team on reactivating membership conversations with previous members, researching targeted companies to determine eligibility for membership, and tracking lead progress through the acquisition pipeline.

This work requires outreach to prospective members, following up, and reporting results. Data entry will also be required. The AIA assumes professional responsibility for the data entry work being done.

Qualifications:

We are looking for a candidate who has a desire for real-world experience in a fast-paced environment. The candidate should be personable, have strong attention to details, excellent communication skills, and be familiar with database entry. The candidate should have experience with the Microsoft suite of office products

National Security Policy Intern

Interested in national security and defense acquisition policy? Looking for an opportunity to work near Capitol Hill? The Aerospace Industries Association’s National Security Policy division is offering an opportunity to gain experience and learn from leading government and industry experts about national security strategy and budgets, acquisition policy, cybersecurity, industrial base policy, and more.  Your tasks at AIA will include preparing and reviewing documents, organizing logistics for U.S. Government-industry dialogues, assisting in the development of policy positions for consideration by AIA member companies, and assisting in the planning and execution of AIA events. This position reports to the Manager, Acquisition Policy. Interns should expect to gain valuable knowledge about defense and acquisition policy and will be provided excellent networking opportunities.

Qualifications:

Applicants should be strongly motivated self-starters with demonstrated interest in defense and/or acquisition policy.

Standards Intern

The Standards team at the Aerospace Industries Association is seeking a driven intern to assist with the review and editing of National Aerospace Standards (NAS) documents. A significant portion of the NAS library contains standardized parts and process specifications for components that are used in commercial and military aircraft, spacecraft, shipbuilding, and heavy machinery. The candidate will work with subject matter experts from aerospace manufacturers, government liaisons, and defense contractors to improve these standards and specifications.

This internship is a unique opportunity that will provide experience in reviewing part documents, editing engineering drawings, and writing technical requirements. Throughout the internship period, the candidate will learn the fundamentals of component design and development in a practical environment, with support from a dedicated team of engineers and standards experts.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with core engineering principles
  • Experience with AutoCAD (or similar CAD software)
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external teams
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite

Equal Opportunity

AIA is proud to be 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. Consistent with these policies, 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.

Explore Related Content

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1700
Arlington, VA 22209-3928
703.358.1000