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UPS® FlightPath Program

Are you ready to take your career to new heights? In our UPS® FlightPath Internship, you’ll benefit from unique hands-on experiences and develop highly desirable professional skills. Our carefully crafted program will expose Future You to challenging, rewarding work in an environment that supports your professional development. And you’ll be immersed in a UPS culture that emphasizes personal integrity, quality work, knowledge sharing and a commitment to the communities in which we operate.

Option 1: UPS® FlightPath I

12 months

Ups Flightpath Intern

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Minimum of 30 Months

Ameriflight
Pilot Stage

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Interview

UPS First
Officer
Position

Ups Flightpath Intern

12 months

  • Train on a specific fleet (B747, B757/767, A300 or MD-11) in aircraft systems, cockpit flows/procedures and SIM training sessions
  • Successfully operate full motion simulator to support customer tours and flight testing purposes
  • Perform the responsibilities tasked in the airline operation department
  • Receive recommendations by UPS management team to transition to AMF
  • Acquire 500 hours total time

Ameriflight Pilot Stage

30 months

  • Pair with UPS Pilot to receive mentoring throughout time at AMF
  • A type rating from Ameriflight with an additional 1,500 hours turbine PIC for Ameriflight, with preferably at least 500 of those PIC hours in the EMB 120 aircraft or other crew type certificated aircraft
  • Receive recommendation based on overall performance at AMF by both the Chief Pilot and Director of Training
  • Pass Hogan Assessment
  • Obtain ATP license
Qualifications & Notes

Qualifications

  • Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings
  • Graduated within the previous 24 months, or currently enrolled as a junior or senior in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Notes

  • Before being hired at UPS Airlines as a pilot, candidates will be required to meet or exceed all other posted UPS First Officer requirements. The candidate will be required to successfully complete the hiring process of UPS Airlines, including, but not limited to, a pilot application, employment records review pursuant to PRIA, and the interview process and simulator evaluation.
  • Subject to change with approval from UPS and Ameriflight.
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Option 2: UPS® FlightPath II

24 months

Ameriflight Developmental Stage

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12 months

UPS Development & Mentoring Program

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Interview

UPS First
Officer
Position

Ameriflight Developmental Stage

24 months

  • Obtain ATP License
  • Flying AMF Type rated equipment and candidate is dual rated
  • One of the following:
    • Check Airman
    • Instructor
    • Management role
  • Employee in good standing; no discipline or dependability problems
  • ACP (Accelerated Captain’s Program) Mentor
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Personal/Professional Development

Verifiable activities to foster leadership abilities, expert industry skills, and personal growth. Examples include (but not limited to):

  • Graduate degree or certificate
  • Foreign language training
  • Leadership training or seminars
  • Current volunteer for charity/non-profit organization
  • Public service or public office
  • Military reserve or National Guard
  • Additional non-work-related aircraft ratings

UPS Development & Mentoring Program

12 months

  • Meet or exceed the UPS First Officer’s basic qualifications
  • Minimum 1,000 PIC hours in fixed-wing jet and/or fixed-wing multi-engine turboprop per 14 CFR 1.1
  • International experience preferred
  • Receive recommendation based on overall performance at AMF by both Chief Pilot and Director of Training
  • Mentee in UPS Mentoring Program
  • Observe UPS line operations while jumpseating on UPS aircraft
  • Complete online UPS FlightPath Development courses, including Jet Transition course
  • Pass Hogan Assessment
  • Apply for F/O at UPS
Qualifications & Notes

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1,000 hours, Turboprop Captain (obtain by end of program)
  • Bachelor’s degree or started in bachelor’s program
  • Employee in good standing; no discipline or dependability problems
  • Candidates are selected by Ameriflight internally

Notes

  • This outline represents a 36-month path with required benchmarks, from Ameriflight entry into program to interview with UPS Airlines. Existing Ameriflight employees may receive credit for months of employment and achieved benchmarks, including:
    • A pilot employee with 20 months of service already holding an ATP, type rating, and a check airman letter may be allowed to complete the program in 18 months
    • A BE-99 rated pilot with 30 months of service, service as an instructor pilot, and an associate degree may begin the program at the 12-month mark
  • Before being hired at UPS Airlines as a pilot, candidates will be required to meet or exceed all other posted UPS First Officer requirements. The candidate will be required to successfully complete the hiring process of UPS Airlines, including, but not limited to, a pilot application, employment records review pursuant to PRIA, and the interview process and simulator evaluation.
  • Subject to change with approval from UPS and Ameriflight.
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UPS
Airlines
fast facts

  • Daily network of 500 aircraft that reach nearly 700 destinations in over 220 countries
  • One of the world’s largest, safest and most on-time airlines
  • A pioneer in developing aviation technologies to enhance the safety and efficiency of the aviation industry

Benefits & Compensation

  • Wage

    UPS offers competitive pay calculated on the credit hours and flight experience completed at the time of hire. Interns will be allowed 2 paid discretionary days per semester.

  • Travel

    Interns who qualify under the TSA background check will have the opportunity to use UPS jumpseat privileges for UPS business travel.

  • 401(K) Plan

    UPS interns are eligible to participate in the UPS 401(k) Savings Plan. UPS will contribute 50% of up to 6% of eligible pay to their UPS Savings Plan.

  • Employee Discounts

    Enjoy discounts with an approved list of companies in different cities around the country.

A REFLECTION FROM A FLIGHTPATH INTERN

FROM FLIGHTPATH INTERN TO AMERIFLIGHT PILOT

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You'll work with world-class technology and learn all aspects of flight operations. With nine UPS simulators in Louisville alone, you'll have ample SIM training opportunities. UPS is a major sponsor of Women in Aviation, and the opportunities here are sky-high. This A300 full motion simulator will put what you learn to the test. Community events like this United Way golf scramble enable interns to have fun while giving back. Interns get to represent UPS at major aviation industry events like Oshkosh. Interns gain hands-on experience with the latest tools and systems. Following completion of the internship, interns will fly for Ameriflight on their way to becoming UPS pilots.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s the inside scoop on your most pressing questions.

What is UPS® FlightPath 1 All About?

UPS® FlightPath I is intended to offer participants outlined paths to gain Part 135 flying experience at Ameriflight and accumulate the flight experience needed to proceed to UPS Airlines, a Part 121 certificated air carrier.

By participating in Path I, UPS FlightPath Interns can take advantage of the unique hands-on experiences and develop highly desirable professional skills, all while working at a Part 121 cargo airline. UPS interns not only gain knowledge in their particular field, they also experience the culture that makes UPS home to some of the most sought after internship programs in the country. Interns gain experience in a business environment while UPS benefits from exposure to their diverse perspectives. Participants gain a multitude of skills that can transform them into accomplished pilots and aviation professionals while simultaneously impacting the airline’s operation. In the internship program, one will be engaged in challenging work in a supportive environment that assists in career development as a potential full-time aviation professional.

UPS believes in relationship building in a culture that supports community service and sharing knowledge. In addition to increasing skills and knowledge, interns are exposed to a UPS culture that emphasizes personal integrity, quality work, knowledge sharing and a commitment to the communities in which its employees live and operate. Through volunteer activities and sponsorship of social events, UPSers collectively make a difference around the globe and encourage interns to join in this rewarding experience.

Individuals who successfully complete the internship program and are identified by UPS as eligible will work at Ameriflight as a pilot. Under the program, UPS actively mentors participating Ameriflight pilots. These pilots are encouraged to participate in UPS functions and learn from UPS Airlines’ flight-qualified management and chief pilots.

The program affords UPS flight interns an opportunity to qualify for employment with Ameriflight and UPS Airlines, respectively, upon completion of outlined experience, training and hiring requirements. Ameriflight and UPS may offer employment to eligible pilots subject to their hiring needs, hiring standards and the program requirements.

Do I Qualify for Flightpath 1?

  • Currently hold Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings
  • Graduated within the previous 24 months, or currently enrolled as junior or senior in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National of the U.S., an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or an alien authorized to work in the U.S. for this employer
  • Ideally have experience in Microsoft Office, strong teamwork skills, and ability to work in fast-pace environment while managing multiple responsibilities

When are applications open?

Application opportunities open intermittently throughout the year as positions become available. The application window is open for only a few weeks for any given opening(s).

Qualified candidates should sign up for job alerts to receive email notifications when a position opens. Simply provide your contact information, type “FlightPath” in the job category, and select a location (Louisville or Anchorage) to be notified when there is an opening.

Note, when the application window opens, there is no distinction on the application for which department-specific position is available. The one exception is the Anchorage-based internship as this requires a separate application. Otherwise, the candidate will be evaluated for the best fit amongst the available positions in Louisville if applying for a Louisville-based position.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE PRESENT AS A UPS® FLIGHTPATH INTERN?

The hours are primarily Monday through Friday, 0800 – 1700 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) with occasional evenings and nights. Eleven of the 12 intern positions are located in Louisville, Kentucky (SDF), and the 12th is located in Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). The Anchorage intern will split responsibilities between the B747 office and the Chief Pilot’s office.

The UPS FlightPath internship position is a year-long, full-time opportunity. This position is offered intermittently throughout the year, and start times may be flexible.

*NOTE: When applying for the internship, the candidate is applying to be in the overall program, NOT to fill a specific position. The candidate will be evaluated for the best fit amongst the available positions in Louisville. Candidates for the Anchorage-based internship must specifically apply for it when it becomes available.

Shared Responsibilities

While each intern will have unique responsibilities within their assignment, all interns will share the following responsibilities and activities:

  • Conduct Business Development tours of the Flight Training Center for current and prospective customers, including full motion simulator sessions.
  • Attend career fairs, conferences, tours, and volunteer events.
  • Assist Flight Operations during peak season and on an as needed basis.

Click on each position below to learn more.

Chief Pilot’s Office

One intern is assigned to the Chief Pilot’s office in the Air Service Center in Louisville.

Fleet Management

Four interns are assigned to the training office of their respective fleets, with the A300, B757/767 and MD-11 offices located in the Flight Training Center in Louisville and the B747 office in Anchorage.

Flight Operations Technical & Safety (FOTAS)

Two interns are assigned to the Flight Operations Technical and Safety office in the Air Service Center in Louisville.

Program Development

Two interns are assigned to the Program Development office in the Flight Training Center in Louisville.

Quality Assurance

Two interns are assigned to the Flight Standards Quality Assurance office in the Flight Training Center in Louisville.

Airline Safety

One intern is assigned to the Airline Safety Event Reporting (ASAP) team and Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) Program offices in the Flight Training Center in Louisville.

What can I expect in fleet training?

Each intern is trained on a specific UPS fleet: the B747, B757/B767, A300 or MD-11. The training includes aircraft systems, cockpit flows/procedures, and simulator training sessions. Once training is complete, interns are assessed and then authorized to operate the full-motion simulators for their fleet and in support of customer tours and flight testing purposes.

Interns participate in the first phase of the training footprint that crewmembers complete on the way to becoming qualified on an aircraft. This gives interns a preview of UPS’s rigorous training environment and provides the opportunity to train alongside UPS pilots. By training in a specific fleet, interns will learn more about the UPS Flight Training Center as well as gain firsthand knowledge and experience on what it takes to be an airline pilot. With the exception of Fleet Management interns who train on the fleet of their respective offices, interns may train on any fleet (B747, B757/767, A300 or MD-11), but may be limited by class schedules and availability.

Interns will complete the knowledge phase of the training footprint, learning about aircraft systems and taking the exam at the end of the phase. The length of the class varies by fleet, but takes approximately 2-3 weeks to accomplish. Interns may progress further in the training footprint if they wish, and participate in the procedures phase of training. This includes using the interactive touchscreen displays representative of the aircraft cockpit to learn about functionality as well as flows and procedures.

How do I build flight time/remain current during my internship?

In order to progress to Ameriflight following the conclusion of the internship, interns must receive recommendation from the UPS management team and meet Ameriflight’s minimum flight time requirements. Interns must have accumulated at least 500 hours of total flight time, in addition to other categorical hour requirements as outlined by Ameriflight. Most interns are Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) and instruct at local airports to build their time. While other interns have accumulated hours through aircraft ownership or club rentals, it is recommended a candidate possess a CFI certificate prior to beginning the internship as this is generally the fastest option to build hours.

The internship is a full-time job, 40 hours per week. It is the responsibility of the candidate to build their flight time outside of the internship. UPS is not responsible in funding nor providing flight hours, aircraft, or a flying job/flight students to interns. Supervisors understand building flight time is a critical component of the program and provide flexibility in one’s schedule to be able to successfully build the necessary flight time to qualify for the next step in the program.

What is the next step upon completion of the 12-month internship?

After successful completion of the internship program, candidates who receive a recommendation from their management team, and have at least 500 hours of total flight time (in addition to other categorical hour requirements outlined by Ameriflight), become eligible to move forward with Ameriflight. At Ameriflight, the largest Part 135 cargo airline in the nation, candidates receive additional training and exposure to the cargo world while accumulating valuable experience. Candidates also are paired with a UPS pilot to mentor them during their time at Ameriflight. After flying with Ameriflight for a minimum of 30 months after Operational Experience (OE), and successfully meeting the requirements set forth by UPS, interns are guaranteed an interview for a position as a First Officer at UPS Airlines (if hiring).

At Ameriflight, candidates may experience varying progression tracks while building the flight experience required to be able to interview with UPS Airlines. The track will greatly depend on how many hours the candidate comes to Ameriflight with as well as the company’s needs. Interns joining Ameriflight will initially either become an Embraer Brasilia First Officer or join the Accelerated Captain Program (ACP) at the discretion of the company. Once the candidate qualifies for an upgrade, they will become a Beechcraft 99 Captain, with the opportunity to potentially transition to larger aircraft in Ameriflight’s fleet or take on leadership roles at the company.

Ameriflight is an entirely separate entity from UPS and has the sole authority in deciding a candidate’s track. While candidates who have completed their internship assignment will remain in contact with UPS as they progress through the program, they are solely Ameriflight employees and no longer UPS employees. UPS does not assume responsibility for continued progression through the program during the time the candidate is an Ameriflight employee. As a result, the amount of time it takes to build flight experience to qualify for a First Officer interview with UPS may vary.

Does UPS provide housing and relocation assistance?

UPS does not offer housing and relocation assistance. In addition, candidates assume full responsibility in housing and relocation costs for the duration of their intern assignment. Note, if applying for the Anchorage-based position, the cost of living is significantly higher than Louisville. UPS does not offer an adjustment in pay to interns that reflects variations in cost of living.

I applied and didn’t hear back. What next?

If selected to move forward in the application process, you will receive a phone call for a pre-interview screening and invited for an interview. If you don’t hear back, don’t be discouraged! You are still eligible to reapply for future openings in the internship. When positions are completely filled, applications are occasionally held under consideration for future opening(s).

I have 500+ hours. Am I still eligible for Path I? Can I just go directly to Ameriflight?

Yes, you are still eligible for Path I and are encouraged to apply. However, you still must complete all of the program requirements, including the yearlong UPS internship. Path I does not offer the option to go directly to Ameriflight. You can elect to apply for a pilot position at Ameriflight (if hiring), but then become ineligible for Path I. Once at Ameriflight, you may still qualify for the FlightPath program through Path II, but must be selected by Ameriflight upon meeting qualifications.

Where can I find out more information about Path II?

Additional information about Path II can be found at Ameriflight’s website: https://w3.ameriflight.com/ups-flightpathii

Interested in Learning More?

Contact us via email: FlightPath@ups.com

Religious Accommodation Questions

If you still have questions after reviewing the FAQ’s, please contact us at hrcompliance@ups.com.