Reminder: The only way to apply for a job at Southwest Airlines is through this site. Fees don’t fly here -- we will never ask for any form of payment for your application or training.*

*Destination 225° is a Program of Southwest airlines and there is no cost to apply; however, candidates advancing through the selection process will be responsible for all costs incurred. Read more at

La única forma de solicitar un trabajo en Southwest Airlines es a través de este sitio web. Las tarifas no vuelan aquí: nunca solicitaremos ninguna forma de pago para su solicitud o capacitación*

*Destination 225° es un programa de Southwest Airlines y no hay costo para aplicar; sin embargo, los candidatos que avancen a través del proceso de selección serán responsables de todos los costos incurridos. Lee mas.

“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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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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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!

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!

Applications for our spring 2020 internships closed September 14, 2019. Applications for our summer 2020 internships closed October 15, 2019. 

Please fill out this form to be notified of 2021 opportunities!

If you are a university career center contact, please fill out this form to be notified of future opportunities for your students. 

High school internships & resources

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 8, 2020
  • 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!  

Our summer 2020 high school internship applications window will open March 2020. Fill out this form to be notified about this opportunity. 

Southwest Airlines Professional Communications Certification
Click here to learn more about the Southwest Airlines Professional Communications certification tested for on the iCEV platform.
*While we encourage continued professional development at every stage of life, obtaining this certificate does not guarantee an interview or job with Southwest Airlines.
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! Stay tuned for 2020 Aviation Day dates and locations!

Learn more about Campus Reach