Internship Program

Internship Program 

The Florida Airports Council awards Internship Grants to member airports to help provide work experience for students interested in pursuing careers in airport management and to provide a talented workforce for Florida's airports. Grants are awarded to airports that demonstrate a willingness and desire to employ and supervise an Intern.  To date, the program has supported 45 airports with internships, awarding $481,865 to 132 students, and it has helped student chapters devoted to aviation training throughout the state.  

Application Process

  • Submit a complete application by US Mail or electronic mail.
  • Attach a statement from the top executive at your organization or copy of board approval to accept grant funds, agree to execute the Internship Grant Agreement and agree to meet all the requirements under this program.

Application Evaluation Process

 As applications are received, they will be reviewed to ensure they meet the set criteria. Airports that meet the criteria will be placed on a continuing list that will be maintained by FAC staff.  Internships will be awarded in order of approval on an annual basis in accordance with the number of internship opportunities approved by the Board of Directors. Ten Internship Grants will be awarded for 2021.  Airports are eligible to reapply for their next internship after having fulfilled all the requirements of their previous internship. 


Applications must be received in sufficient time to complete an internship and return closing documents to FAC by June 30, 2022.  Applications will be accepted by mail or email. *Please note all 10 internships have been awarded for the 2021/22 Internship Application period.


 Click the links below for additional information.

 Internship Application Open Letter 

 2021/22 FAC Internship Application

 Example of Exhibit A - Blank Grant Agreement 



2021-2022 Internship Recipients

Greater Orlando International Airport

Kissimmee Gateway Airport

Lee County Port Authority - Received 3 Grants

Melbourne Orlando International Airport - Received 2 Grants

Punta Gorda Airport

St. Pete International Airport

Valkaria Airport


How to Develop a Successful Internship Program 


2019-2020 Internship Recipients

Lee County Port Authority

Kissimmee Gateway Airport

Punta Gorda Airport

Martin County Airport - Witham Field

Tampa International Airport

Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Lakeland Linder International Airport


"The internship program that we offered this summer was very successful. The experience and knowledge that the intern gained will help him improve upon his airport management skills." - Gainesville Regional Airport

"I am very thankful to the airport staff for giving me this opportunity to grow and learn.  I have learned an endless amount of information.  The hands on experience has given me a broader understanding of airport management and the time and effort it takes to maintain a safe and secure environment.  I was very fortunate to work with a staff that was very knowledgeable and helpful whenever I had questions.  Through the Internship at Lakeland Airport I was fortunate to be hired on as a part-time Op­erations Specialist. I am looking forward to continuing my training as an Airport Operations Specialist and expanding my knowledge of Airport Management." - Karissa Strickland, Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Intern 2015.

"We look forward to continuing our internship program and our partnership with the Florida Airports Council Education Foundation. This worthy program provides far more benefits than many realize!" Lisa Leblanc - Senior Manager, Terminal and Emergency Operations, Internship 2015.



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