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Influencing Younger Generations

Internships can be a crucial factor in determining career paths because they open doors to opportunities students didn’t know they had. We as leaders are able to discover the promise and potential that these young adults possess. Our ATO interns at headquarters this year are no exception; many of them are demonstrating the skills they learned in school and applying them to the FAA office to which they were assigned. This, in turn, benefits us as well because we obtain a fresh perspective on concepts we’ve been working with for years.

I was pleased to learn how excited the interns are this summer about exploring a government workplace while also gaining experience they can take with them when it’s time to enter the workforce. The interns have already learned a lot about air traffic control and toured a few FAA facilities to learn more about the National Airspace System.

We’re glad to have a returning intern from last summer’s program, Elizabeth Healy, a computer science junior at Cornell University. She says she has gotten exposure to cybersecurity, government policy and system acquisition while working for Technical Operations.

Preparing for the NAS Engineering Architecture Review and developing standard operating procedures for the Think Spec Review Process in the Program Management Organization has enhanced the significance of good communication skills for Michael Ribich, a mechanical engineering senior at Virginia Tech.

Justine Koehler, a conflict analysis and resolution graduate student at George Mason University, says  she has been developing efficient ways to encapsulate lessons learned in contingency reports in order to better convey information.

Janai Ewings, a graphic design graduating senior at Morgan State University, says her position in Air Traffic Services under the Deputy Vice President includes creating a KSN site, assisting in meeting material organization, and learning a lot about business acumen.

Andrew Azir, a business information technology senior at Virginia Tech, says interning for Technical Operations and running analytics for the ATO teaches him about the unbelievable impact that integrating people of different backgrounds has on the FAA community.

Celia Geiser, an economics and foreign affairs senior at the University of Virginia, says her internship in Safety and Technical Training has given her the opportunity to work on a variety of projects such as assisting in scriptwriting for tutorial videos and learning about the classifications of various safety hazards.

I also want to thank ATO intern Iliyah Coles, an English student at Princeton University, who has been enhancing our legislative communication and helped me draft this message this week.

I’m hopeful that these students and the rest of the interns dispersed throughout the ATO will be involved in the organization for many years to come. After all, they are the future leaders! Please take the time to greet them and discuss with them the immense opportunities we have here at the FAA.

Thanks everyone!

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