Five Southwest Interns stand together wearing Campus Reach shirts
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Career awareness is an important part of every student’s journey. We want to inform and inspire you—parents, educators, and high school students—about careers in aviation.

College internships

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

College Interns and full-time Employees are eligible for free, unlimited space-available travel to any location where Southwest flies. All travel is subject to seat availability, so flexibility is important.

Not only do you get to have fun and enjoy your work, you get paid as well! The payment amount depends on the particular internship or position and its requirements. When applicable, Interns receive an internet and housing stipend too!


​​​​​​​Note: the Campus Reach video is pre-pandemic and does not accurately represent all features of the current internship program.
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2022 Internship Snapshot

Our 2022 internship opportunities mirror the Southwest Airlines Team’s various workplace flexibility models. Some internships are fully onsite and others a virtual or hybrid model. Please read each job description to understand that Team’s expectations.
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