From 5 to 150, Inside Wichita's Largest High School Internship Program
By Emily Younger-Barnwell
One-hundred and fifty students converged on Wichita’s Textron Aviation this summer eager to learn about a wide variety of engaging career fields.
With opportunities in Interior Engineering, Communications, IT, Distribution, Customer Support, Marketing, Human Resources, Sales Operations, Supply Chain and Textron eAviation to name a few, it’s no wonder the long-time aerospace company is home to the city’s largest high school internship program.
Michele Gifford, the human resources director at Textron Aviation, emphasized the popularity of the program after starting with just five interns in 2017.
“In 2023, we had nearly 500 students apply. We interviewed just over 400 for the 150 positions,” explained Gifford.
Interns are not merely volunteers. They are paid and hired as Textron Aviation employees. Each candidate must apply, interview and go through the complete onboarding process.