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Future you takes flight.

Are you ready to take your career to new heights? In our UPS Flight Operations 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 Flight Path I

12 months

Ups Flight Operations Intern

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30 months

Ameriflight
Pilot Stage

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Interview

UPS First
Officer
Position

UPS Flight Operations 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 Flight Path 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.

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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 Flight Operations 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.

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.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE PRESENT AS A UPS FLIGHTPATH INTERN?

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. 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.

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 yearlong, full-time opportunity. This position is offered in the spring, summer, and fall semesters, but start times are flexible.

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.

*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.

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.

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

• Ideally have experience in Microsoft Office, strong teamwork skills, and ability to work in fast-pace environment while managing multiple responsibilities

• 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

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

The UPS® FlightPath I provides aviation professionals opportunities to cultivate their careers. 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.

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.

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, 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).

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. Interns are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities and social events that make a difference around the globe.

Candidates for the internship must hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Multi-Engine and Instrument ratings. In addition, candidates should have graduated within the previous 24 months, or be currently enrolled as junior or senior in an undergraduate or graduate program.

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.