From the Classroom to Atlas, Intern Gains Real Life Experience in Aviation​

Attracting, preparing, building and empowering the next-gen talent pipeline for Atlas is the ultimate investment in company-wide growth and innovation. According to Boeing’s Pilot and Technician Outlook for 2022-2041, there is a need for 602,000 new pilots and 610,000 new maintenance technicians over the next 20 years.

Julia Cabrera in front of Atlas 747 aircraft N863GT.

The Company’s Internship Program is one of several early career pipeline initiatives designed to build deep and lasting campus relationships and to attract and retain talent aligned with both our near and long-term hiring needs.

“Interns are an important part of our talent strategy,” said Leisa Spears Snyder, Director of Workforce Development. “High school internships require Atlas Air team members to be engaged in the students’ learning plan and outcomes. Hiring mangers working with high school interns are committed to student experience and provide feedback throughout by ensuring projects are closely supervised.”

Julia Cabrera, a 2023 graduate of Rye High School in New York, recently finished a four-week internship at Atlas, where she had the opportunity to work with colleagues in Ground Ops, Systems and Development, Tech Ops/Engineering, Human Resources and Learning and Development. The program was designed to showcase the diversity of roles and career opportunities available

Julia and her manager LaVerne Bowman.

within the aviation industry.

“Our team was thrilled to have Julia spend part of her internship with us,” said LaVerne Bowman, Senior Manager Ground Ops Systems and Development. “I had the pleasure of watching her give a presentation about her experience with all the Atlas Air teams, and it was impressive. Her insights and observations demonstrated that she had gained a great deal of knowledge and skills during her time with us. This initiative was rewarding because it allowed us to contribute to the development of the next generation of professionals.”

When asked about the highlights of her experience, Julia said the “field trip” to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was one of the top ones.

Julia gets an inside look at cargo on the plane.

“Visiting JFK and observing the real-world applications of the work of my Atlas colleagues was really exciting,” said Julia. “Everyone was so welcoming and more than happy to teach me about their roles!”

Julia will attend Purdue University (a school Atlas has partnered with as part of our University Pipeline Program) in the fall, where she will study engineering.

“Fresh minds fuel innovation,” said Leisa. “In addition to new perspectives, the younger generation brings an understanding and interest in emerging technologies, which can help businesses stay ahead of the curve. We do extraordinary things at Atlas Air that requires extraordinary talent. Investing in internships and student experiences ensures we are competitive and capturing top talent.”