Internships are key to building and gaining valuable work experience as a student and can help set a strong foundation for future careers.
Internships are becoming increasingly popular and with record numbers of students attending university, the experience of an internship can help set individuals apart from their peers in what is now a very competitive pool of graduates looking for their first working position.
This week, our International Business Development Intern, Chloe Jarman shares her journey so far with Aileron and also shares her tips to fellow students looking for an internship programme.
How did you find the Aileron Internship opportunity?
The search for an internship is really important, There are so many amazing opportunities out there, you really need to take advantage of them!
I found networking vital and I would encourage you to keep connecting with people because you’ll be surprised what doors can open for you. In my case, a friend recommended me to look at the internship at this start-up company that her friend co-owned.
The Aileron Internship title stated,
“Aileron is looking for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit a self-motivated and creative individual to call the shots as an acting CEO. You’ll have decision making and business steering powers working closely alongside our Director team as part of our three month Internship.”
This is exactly what I was looking for. Something that I could really get stuck into and not just simply be the ‘coffee girl’. I wanted to have the freedom to be innovative and what better way to do that than to work in a startup company.
What was your first day like?
Well I work remotely so my first day was in my own house. The team welcomed me to their group chat on slack, and shared with me all their content and projects that they wanted me to contribute to.
A week later we all attended the Aeroexpo where the company was exhibiting. The show gave me a great feel about the company and the product. This was a great chance for me to meet all the team, who were extremely welcoming and answered any questions that I had.
What are you doing at Aileron?
Well, this changes on a weekly basis. But at this current time i’m reaching out to potential contacts promoting the resellers program.
This program is mainly aimed at pilot schools who receive a commission when they sell one of our logbooks to one of their customers. It’s a tricky job, as response rates can sometimes make you downhearted but you have to keep pushing forward. All it takes is for one person to show interest and then ‘Hey presto’.
Alongside this, I came up with the idea of contacting Universities and seeing if they would be interested in promoting the same program or even buying the logbooks as a gift for their graduating aviation students
What have you learnt so far?
I’m extremely grateful to the team at Aileron for giving me this opportunity and I am excited to learn more throughout this role.
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