Internship programme launched at New York’s Westchester County Airport


A new paid internship programme at Westchester County Airport was announced at last month’s National Business Aviation Association Regional Forum.

Announced by Avports, the managing operator of Westchester for the county, the paid college internship is being run in partnership with Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and Westchester County. It is aimed at giving students real-world experience in airport administration, operations and airline services while interacting with Fortune 500 aviation departments, commercial airlines, fixed based operators and private pilots.

“Announcing this internship at the most respected and well-attended forum of this type in the nation is important to Westchester County and to Avports,” said Francisco Tejada, Westchester’s airport manager. “The partnership with Vaughn will prove to be a vast pipeline of emerging talent for airports like Westchester and others throughout the region and nation as we hope to draw young aviation professionals with fresh perspectives as they begin their careers.”

The announcement followed an address by NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen before a crowd of about 3,000. Locally, on any given day, the airport is the workplace for some 1,400 employees, and Avports is currently looking to fill 60 positions. Across the US The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that in 2024, there are nearly 17,000 job openings for airline and commercial pilots.

Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo, president of Vaughn College, said: “We are excited to see our long-term relationship with Avports and Westchester County Airport continue to grow with this Vaughn dedicated internship programme. Our alumni work in airports across the metropolitan region, including Westchester Airport, and beyond and that success comes with close industry partners like Avports that understand the importance of developing a talent pipeline.”

Avports’ CEO Jorge Roberts added: “There are so many opportunities that exist in aviation, and if you are willing to work, learn, and have a positive attitude, you will succeed. Personally, I have grown to the level where I am because others saw my potential, and that has driven me to give back so others can achieve similar career success. It’s also why, as a member of the Vaughn College President’s Advisory Committee, I’m so proud to see this internship partnership take off.”


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