“Working at Southwest isn’t just something you should do for your  résumé – it’s something you should do for yourself.”
Ethan Avanzino, Former Multimedia Developer Intern
Campus Reach
The Campus Reach program identifies and engages future Southwest Employees at an
early age, hopefully inspiring an interest in a career in aviation.

Opportunities for new grads

Join the Southwest Family full time as a recent college graduate!

Associate Business Analyst​​​​​​​ 
Our Associate Business Analysts (ABAs) are individuals with a Heart for People and Technology who demonstrate a passion for helping our business Customers solve their most difficult technical challenges. Serving as a liaison between Technology and the business, our ABAs conduct business analysis, perform process modeling and redesign, and recommend alternative actions for problems while focusing on internal and external Customer requirements. ABAs help Southwest Airlines keep costs low by making data-driven decisions, all while implementing the tools and technologies that allow our business Customers the ability to maintain our world-famous Customer Service. We are looking for entry-level professionals who are bold and have a desire to work with Teams across disciplines to help us achieve our Vision of becoming the world’s most loved, most flown and most profitable airline.

Qualifications:
  • One year work experience as an Analyst or relevant college coursework preferred
  • Demonstrated Leadership and initiative preferred
  • Strong analytical skills (able to complete business analysis, process modeling, and redesign) preferred
  • Ability to solve problems creatively preferred

Majors:
  • Business
  • MIS
  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Other related degrees
Associate Software Engineer
Our Associate Software Engineers (ASWEs) have the opportunity to support exciting projects across the Technology Department. Our ASWEs develop, analyze, test, document and implement applications used by nearly 60,000 Employees and over 132 million Customers every year. We’re looking for Software Engineers who bring new and innovative ideas with a Heart for connecting People to what’s most important in their lives using technology. Our ASWEs play an integral role in helping Southwest Airlines operate a reliable operation and provide world class Hospitality. We are looking for entry-level professionals who find solving technical challenges fun and want to work with a Team to deliver the next generation of technical solutions to the aviation industry.

Qualifications:
  • One year work experience as a Software Engineer, Developer, Architect, or relevant college coursework preferred
  • At least one Software Engineering internship preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership and initiative preferred
  • Strong organizational skills preferred
  • Ability to solve problems creatively preferred

Majors: 
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Other related degrees

Applications for our ABA and ASWE roles are currently closed. Please click here if you would like to be notified when applications re-open.
College internships

College Interns at Southwest will not only gain business experience in their particular field, but they will also experience the famous Culture that makes Southwest Airlines home to some of the country’s most highly sought-after internships year after year. 

College Interns and full-time Employees are eligible for free, unlimited space-available travel to any location to which Southwest flies. All travel is subject to seat availability, so flexibility is important.
Have fun, get paid
Not only do you get to have FUN and enjoy your work, you get paid as well! The payment amount will depend on the particular internship or position and its requirements.
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Career development
All high school Interns, college Interns, and full-time Employees have the unique opportunity to attend career development classes and events during the work day that will help develop the skills needed to succeed in the professional world. Events include:
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - Interns learn about psychological   preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
  • Professional Development Day - This workshop prepares Interns for  applying and interviewing for full-time positions.
  • Days in the Field - Take a closer look at other departments around our Headquarters to explore career opportunities outside your assigned internship area.
  • Servant’s Heart and Fun LUV-ing Events  - Two of Southwest’s Core Values, these events will provide Interns a chance to give back and connect with their Intern class
College internship eligibility requirements
Applicants must be full- time college students as defined by your university (or taking the last of your required classes to graduate) to be eligible for our internships. Most of the positions also require that students are classified at a minimum of junior level (60+ hours), although some positions also allow sophomores to apply. Recent college graduates are eligible only for the semester immediately following graduation. (May graduates are eligible for Summer internships). Please read our FAQ for more information!

In 2018, we had 380 Interns onboard from 107 universities and 34 states. These Interns were selected from more than 44,079 resumes, so it’s definitely a competitive program!
Our applications for summer 2019 internships are currently closed. Please check back in the fall to apply for our spring 2020 and summer 2020 internship programs!

You may also sign up here to be notified when applications open again. 
High school internships
Aviation Days

This day-long camp was designed as an opportunity to educate and inspire 3rd – 8th grade students about the aviation industry. This hands-on event is sure to excite youth about the potential careers in our industry! In case you miss this year's sign-up window, please stay tuned for future Aviation Days!

High school internships

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Campus Reach now offers an eight-week High School Internship Program in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Baltimore, Orlando, Nashville, and St. Louis during the summer. Our hands-on program provides high school students with exposure to the corporate world and emphasizes the importance of education and opportunities beyond a diploma or degree.

High School Internship criteria
  • Must be available to work part-time (20-30 hours/week) in the city for which you are applying (Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Baltimore, Orlando, Nashville, or St. Louis)
  • Must be currently enrolled in high school as a sophomore or junior level student 
  • Must be at least 16 years of age as of June 10, 2019
  • Must be able to provide transportation to/from the internship
  • 2.75 or above cumulative GPA (preferred)
  • Classroom experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work on a team and individually
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities preferred
  • Quick learner, self-motivated, respectful, courteous, and able to work in a fast-paced environment

Stay tuned as we announce new cities for upcoming years!  

We love that you’re interested in pursuing a high school internship with us! To get started, please be prepared to provide responses on the following: Courses taken/GPA, Leadership/extracurricular activities, prior job experience, and reason for applying.


Our 2019 summer internship application window is now closed - please check back next March for 2020 opportunities!
Aviation Days
This day-long camp was designed as an opportunity to educate and inspire 3rd – 8th grade students about the aviation industry. This hands-on event is sure to excite youth about the potential careers in our industry! In case you miss this year's sign-up window, please stay tuned for future Aviation Days! 

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