Houston Airports is proud to continue their partnership with the City of Houston’s Hire Houston Youth program that places students ages 16-24 in real-world jobs all around the city. The students gain real-world experience and what it means to work in a corporate environment. By investing in the workforce of the future through its intern program, Houston Airports introduces students to the exciting world of aviation and air travel while giving them the opportunity to be part of hands-on projects that develop the job skills they need.
This year Houston Airports welcomed 29 interns ranging from high-school students to recent college graduates. Houston Airports was also pleased to welcome returning interns, like Felicia Black enjoying her fourth year with the airport system. She’s studying computer engineering at Prairie View A&M University and is working as an intern with Supply Chain Management.
She said that she “believes the staff truly encourages an atmosphere of aviation as an innovative business.”
The interns come from a variety of different backgrounds; the schools range from Texas Southern University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to Strake Jesuit College Preparatory High School, Ross Shaw Sterling Aviation Early College High School (better known as Sterling Aviation High School), and everything in between.
The Houston Airports Aviation Club is also an integral part of the internship program.
“Each year we pick five outstanding Sterling Aviation High School students for part of our eight-week paid internship program,” said Harry Singh, the aviation club program manager and Houston Airports Community Outreach.
Sterling Aviation High School Principal Sabrina Cuby-King said that she was thrilled with the support from Houston Airports and looked forward to working together to motivate, empower and challenge the students for many years to come.
“The Aviation Club provides the opportunity to plant the seed and teaches students that if opportunity does not knock, build a door,” said Houston Airports’ Chief Human Resources Officer Harleen Hines Smith. “It’s a unique opportunity to develop their professional skill set.”
For more information on the program, visit hirehoustonyouth.org.