Duncan Aviation’s opening of a maintenance hangar in Provo, Utah, earlier this year means the MRO provider has seen its summer avionics and maintenance internship program grow by 23 percent, to 37 interns. The paid interns are spread between Provo and Duncan’s other main facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Battle Creek, Michigan.
“Over the last two years, we’ve put a lot more focus on our internship program, and it will continue to grow with the expansion of our third full-service MRO facility in Provo,” Duncan human resource team lead Jennifer Monroe said.
Since 2017, the program has proved especially valuable in recruiting new hires at a time when the availability of maintenance and avionics technicians is tightening. Last year, Duncan made full-time job offers to 12 of its 30 interns. “I think one of the most valuable benefits of the program is that interns get the chance to experience our culture,” Duncan airframe services manager Jeremy Rangel said. “Duncan Aviation’s culture is one of our biggest selling points, and it is difficult to [convey by just] speaking to a group outside the company.”
In addition to a paycheck, eligible interns receive a $1,500 housing stipend from Duncan.