27 Jun 2019

US hosts college intern event to promote air force careers

The US hosted a 12-week paid intern programme to encourage college students to consider air force careers.

The Air Force’s Personnel Center hosted its first of four 2019 Premier College Intern Program symposiums in San Antonio, May 29-31 with more than 60 interns attending to explore air force careers options. The 12-week paid intern program is designed to attract full-time college students who are seeking a career in Air Force Civilian Service.

Additional PCIP symposiums were held earlier in June at Hill AFB, Utah and Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. During panel discussions at the centre, career field team experts spoke to the importance of networking and collaborating with one another in order to accomplish the Air Force mission.

Kristina Whitfield, AFPC PCIP program manager said: “We wanted these men and women to experience something different than the typical PowerPoint briefings.”

“Our workforce culture is changing and for some of these interns, this is their first job. The talent we’re seeing is incredible and these symposiums highlight how important it is for our interns to learn their jobs, build relationships and prepare themselves for an Air Force career.”

The symposium focused on three themes:

  • My Air Force, which explained the Air Force’s history and mission. In this portion of the symposium, interns toured Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, met with active duty Airmen and had an opportunity to see what happens behind the scenes in various units.
  • My Fit, which focused on how interns fit into their organisation. In this portion, guest speakers discussed the Air Force structure, explained career field-specific information and participated in mentor-focused luncheons.
  • My Career, which explained what an Air Force career looks like. In this portion, interns learned about career development, what happens after they complete their internship, mobility agreements and benefits and entitlements.

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