Unparalleled Experience

Internship Lands Student Behind the Scenes at AirVenture.

From helping craft policy to getting a front row seat to the world’s top airshow, Aviation Business Administration student Jim Myers made the most of his summer internship at the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Myers, a sophomore, met EAA representatives during Embry-Riddle’s Spring Career Expo and nailed down an internship with the group’s Government Team.

While working in Wisconsin, he helped plan visits to the AirVenture air show by the state’s governor and other lawmakers, in addition to working on policy and tracking accidents involving experimental aircraft. The experience was invaluable, Myers said, adding that one of his key takeaways was learning to “constantly network and push yourself to make connections will have unforeseen benefits in the future.”

The perks of the summer at EAA weren’t bad either. He got to fully explore the group’s iconic aircraft museum and often went flying after work. When it came to the “World's Greatest Aviation Celebration,” which this year drew 10,000 aircraft and 642,000 people, Myers said it was “simply amazing to see every aspect of aviation all in one spot. I got to witness the whole process from planning and from start to finish.”