AFA Internships

ACTION MEMORANDUM FOR ALL AAS/SW AREA AND REGION COMMANDERS AND PRESIDENTS: FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION TO ALL MEMBERS

SUBJECT: SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY AT AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION NATIONAL; LIMITED FUNDING

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

1. The AAS/SW Executive Management Center is accepting immediate nominations for as many as five summer 2018 internships in Washington DC with the Air Force Association (AFA) at their National Headquarters.  Candidates will be screened by the Executive Directors (EDs) and competitively selected by the EDs in collaboration with Human Resources at AFA.  

2. Successful candidates will be required to live in the Washington DC metro area (Arlington) during this internship for eight weeks and will receive a small daily stipend of approximately $30/day.  These opportunities are open to all Silver Wings and Arnold Air Juniors and Seniors, including Seniors graduating this summer.  

3. These positions do not require a security clearance however recipients must submit to a criminal background investigation.  Candidates must be available in the spring/summer/fall for a minimum of two months with actual internship timing negotiable with AFA.  NOTE: THE PREFERRED DATES FOR THESE INTERNSHIPS ARE FROM 4 JUN THROUGH 27 JUL BUT FINAL DATES WILL BE ESTABLISHED BASED ON AVAILABILITY OF ALL INTERNS FOLLOWING SELECTION.  This program is open to all academic majors, though some department opportunities are better suited to specific fields of study.

4. These internships may include travel and interaction with senior leadership in industry and government.  They require impeccable dress and appearance and superior communicative skills.  

5. A successful candidate will be placed at AFA in a position best suited to their academic major, professional development objectives and AFA requirements.  NOTE: while the AFA will make every effort to match an intern to  their major or area of interest, there may be some interns placed in a department where there is simply a need.  The following are only possibilities, and candidates should be open to working across departments. 

Opportunities for students may exist within the following departments:

Communications and Development/Marketing

Experiences include outreach to potential donors, working in donor databases, annual/planned giving programs, marketing research and outreach. Communications interns will assist with projects such as development of communications plans and assisting with preparations for expansion of the Air Power Advocates Program. The intern will also gain experience with communication planning at all levels including research, execution and evaluation. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a can-do attitude. Suggested majors include public policy or communications.

CyberPatriot

After completing an internship with the CyberPatriot program, candidates can expect to have a better understanding of the overall program and the importance of reaching out to middle and high school students who are interested in cyber security. Areas of experience gained will include customer support, administrative communication, level 1 software and hardware technical support, executive writing, web layout, and marketing communication. The ideal candidate will have an interest in or will be pursuing a degree in STEM, communications or a related field. Highly motivated team players with excellent multi-tasking skills will be the most successful.

Government Relations and/or Mitchell Institute

In addition to experience with basic administrative and office tasks such as creating spreadsheets and data entry, the candidate will have the opportunity to interact with senior Air Force and Congressional leadership. Other responsibilities include research projects related to defense policy and attending meetings on Capitol Hill. The possibility exists to see his or her completed report published in a small AFA or future Mitchell publication. Ideal candidates will be pursuing a degree in political science, history or a related field or have interest in these areas with strongest consideration given to junior or senior level students. Applicant should be a self-starter with ability to excel while working independently.

Member Relations/Airmen & Family Programs

Candidates will participate in the rewarding experience of working with the heart of AFA, our members, airmen and their families. Possible areas of responsibility include development and support of activities, data entry and analysis related to outreach, membership development and retention, and participation in events. Experience gained includes administrative support, outreach, communications, development and networking. The successful intern should have a cheerful and positive attitude, superb phone etiquette, and excellent writing skills.

Other

Other internship opportunities within the AFA National organization, including the executive office may also be available as the summer intern period approaches.

6.  SELECTION PROCESS

The Executive Directors may or may not forward all nomination packages based on the submission and following a phone interview and discussion with the applicable Detachment Commander and/or reference provided by the candidate.  

The following will be used to further evaluate individuals:

• MANDATORY: Availability during the spring/summer/fall of 2018 for a minimum of eight weeks (prefer 4 Jun to 27 Jul for all candidates)

• MANDATORY: Availability in the Washington DC Metro Area; candidate must plan on limited funding with this program

• MANDATORY:  Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher

• MANDATORY:  Successful completion of a criminal background check

Candidates will self nominate by sending the following information to mgmt.center@arnold-air.org NOT LATER THAN 19 FEBRUARY 2018 at midnightPacific Time.  SUBMISSIONS MUST BE IN THE FORM OF AN E-MAIL WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN THE BODY AND NOT AS AN ATTACHMENT.  THE ONLY AUTHORIZED ATTACHMENT IS THE UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT.  Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances.

• FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS

• NAME OF COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, FIELD(S) OF STUDY AND GPA

• NAME OF CHAPTER OR SQUADRON AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS HELD, IF ANY

• NAME, RANK, PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS OF AFFILIATED DETACHMENT COMMANDER

• NAME, TITLE, PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS OF ONE REFERENCE WHO  MAY VOUCH FOR ACADEMIC RECORD AND PERSONAL RELIABILITY

• A STATEMENT PROVIDING THE DATES OF AVAILABILITY DURING THE SPRING/SUMMER/FALL PERIOD (SPECIFICS WILL BE WORKED OUT WHEN SELECTED BUT THE DESIRED AVAILABLE DATES ARE 4 JUN THROUGH 27 JULY)

• A COPY OF AN UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT ATTACHED TO THE NOMINATING E-MAIL (THIS IS THE ONLY ATTACHMENT AUTHORIZED)

• A 300 WORD OR LESS SUMMARY DESCRIBING WHY THE CANDIDATE WOULD LIKE TO SELECTED FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY

7. These are highly prestigious internships; recipients will carry the reputation of AAS/SW forward with the Air Force Association, a critical strategic partner.  All highly motivated eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. 

//SIGNED//DPW//19 JAN 2018//