Vaughn hosted its annual fall internship fair on Thursday, November 14. More than 20 representatives attended to speak to students about the worthwhile opportunities to develop new and existing relationships with employers for potential internship and job prospects. Among the companies that attended were the Air Force Reserve, Atlas Air, NYPD, ExpressJet and Delta Air Lines.

The internship fair allowed students to meet face to face with industry representatives and expand their network of contacts. In addition, they were able to explore pre-career opportunities and strengthen their networking skills in a familiar setting.

ExpressJet, a regional affiliate of United Airlines, has a long history of launching aviation careers and developing highly skilled and sought-after aviation professionals. Pilot Recruiter Garrett Grisson and Flight Operations Recruiter Alexandra Montoya were eager to talk to students about the benefits of an internship at the company.

“An internship at ExpressJet establishes the core foundation for a potential career in maintenance, flight, or any other program whether it be with us or at another company,” stated Grisson.

“An internship with any department at ExpressJet gives a student insight into what we do,” added Montoya. “For example, in the pilot program, once a student interns they gain a mentor, which then also guarantees them an interview with the company after that internship is over.”

In addition to numerous airlines present at the fall session, many other government and national organizations were in attendance.

The NYPD Cadet Corps program provides qualified college men and women with the chance to experience the challenges and personal rewards of a career in the NYPD. The Police Cadet Program is a paid internship which offers varied work assignments and unlimited opportunities.

“Once a student completes the paid internship through the program and they’ve acquired their bachelor’s degree, which the department also provides tuition assistance for, they are guaranteed admittance to the next academy class which then launches them into a career as soon as they graduate,” said NYPD Detective Angel Galindo.

An NYPD officer has the potential to join different bureaus such as the special operations bureau of which the aviation unit is situated in. The aviation unit is an advanced air-and-sea rescue and law enforcement unit that provides tactical support to police officers on the ground. The aviation unit’s helicopters respond to calls within a 60-mile radius of New York City filling a need that arose when the U.S. Coast Guard moves its air operations out of the area.

The College will host its next internship fair in spring 2020.


Alex Montoya and Garret Grisson of ExpressJet strike a pose at the College’s fall internship fair.