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Youth Jobs

As one of the largest agencies of the City and County of Denver and one of the largest airports in the world, Denver International Airport is committed to providing a variety of experiences for students to explore aviation careers. Every year since its opening in 1995, the airport has grown, yet at 21 years old, it is only half of its potential size. Today, Denver International Airport serves more than 53 million passengers and has approximately 35,000 employees among many different employers. It is our hope that the region's youth will find the airport to be an exciting and rewarding place to work today and in the future.

College Internships

DEN has 22 summer-only internships available for 2017. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 24. Internship opportunities are posted at www.denvergov.org/jobs., and on this site (choose the filter titled "City of Denver Dept. of Aviation" in the left column).

Denver International Airport offers paid internships for college students during the school year and for the summer only. The hourly rate is $15.88 per hour and parking or a bus pass is provided.

We seek to provide an excellent learning opportunity and a way to gain professional experience in the nation’s 5th busiest airport. The internships are in a variety of areas within the city’s airport management structure, including the executive office, engineering, airfield operations, security, art, environmental services, finance, safety, technologies, marketing and other areas that may arise.

Meet the Interns

Planning Your Aviation Career

When you think about aviation careers, the first thing that usually comes to mind is being a pilot. Being a pilot is a great career and the opportunities continue to grow, particularly with the pending retirement of many commercial airline pilots.  Pilots need airplanes, airports, air traffic controllers, mechanics, meteorologists, engineers, safety inspectors and thousands of others to ensure that he or she can fly an airplane safely from one place to another.

The aviation universe is vast and there are many separate, yet connecting worlds within the field of aviation. You can enter the world of commercial aviation with large airlines and airports or you might prefer general aviation with smaller airports and privately owned business jets. Maybe you want to design and build airplanes or airports. Maybe you like the day-to-day management of an airport or airline where every day is new and different. Maybe you would like to own a business that supports an airport or airline. Maybe you would like to plan airports, ensure the safety of flying and control the airspace through a federal government career.

Denver International Airport (DEN) is owned by the City and County of Denver, so the jobs in airport management here are local government jobs.  While it is owned by the city, Denver International Airport, like all airports, also is governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). The air traffic controllers, the airport planners and others work for the FAA and provide policy and regulatory oversight, so these are federal government jobs. A sample of the government jobs and the websites where you can search for openings are listed below.

Sample Aviation Government Jobs

City and County of Denver, Department of Aviation

  • Chief Operating Offer
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Architect
  • Engineer
  • Planner
  • Accountant/Financial Analyst
  • Security Clerk
  • Contract or Project Manager
  • Customer Service Agent
  • Public Information Officer
  • Emergency Responder (fire, police, paramedic)
  • Public Art Manager
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Plumber, Electrician, Carpenter
  • Graphic Designer
  • Technical Maintenance Supervisor

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (www.usajobs.gov or www.faa.gov )

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Airport Planner
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Transportation Industry Analyst
  • Technical Operations Specialist

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) (www.usajobs.gov or www.tsa.gov)

  • Federal Security Director
  • Transportation Security Officer (TSO or Screener)
  • TSA Supervisor
  • Customer Relations Manager
  • Federal Air Marshall

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (www.usajobs.gov or www.ntsb.gov)

  • Aviation Accident Investigator
  • Human Performance Investigator

Airline Jobs

For jobs with any of the airlines that serve Denver International Airport, please go to specific airline websites for their opening – such as www.united.com or www.southwest.com or www.flyfrontier.com.

  • Pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer
  • Flight Attendant or Flight Instructor
  • Baggage Handler
  • Reservation Sales Agent
  • Aviation Meteorologist
  • Station Manager
  • Airframe Mechanic
  • Aircraft Fuel Operator
  • Passenger Service Agent
  • Crew Schedule Coordinator
  • Aviation Attorney
  • Ramp Tower Manager
  • Airline Cabin Cleaner

Business Jobs

Visit our Job Search page or the state-sponsored jobs site at www.connectingcolorado.com.

Retail Concessions

  • Owner/Partner
  • Salesperson
  • Manager/Asst. Manager
  • Cashier
  • Warehouse Supervisor
  • Stockperson
  • Merchandiser
  • Hair Stylist or Manicurist

Restaurants

  • Owner/Partner
  • Food Server/Waitperson
  • Chef
  • Hostess
  • Dishwasher
  • Bartender
  • Kitchen Manager

Other Business Jobs

  • Custodiam
  • Security Officer
  • Shuttle Bus Driver
  • Deicing Truck Driver
  • Cargo Handlers
  • Car Rental Agents/Manager
  • Taxi Driver
  • Dispatcher
  • Window Washer
  • Advertising Salesperson

Community Resources

While attending school to prepare for an aviation career, there are many organizations that offer opportunities to learn more and experience aviation outside of school. These organization have information on their websites or may offer Saturday and after-school programs that allow you to meet others interested in aviation and obtain experience in the field.

Local Aviation Education and Training Resources

Colorado has numerous excellent education and training resources, both public and private, which will help you enter the field of aviation and aerospace. For example, Metropolitan State University of Denver is one of the top ranked aviation schools in the United States and the University of Colorado at Boulder produces more astronauts than any other school in the country. Colorado State University was recently named the “Greenest University in the United States” and has many outstanding programs related to environmental sustainability.

Aviation Scholarship Opportunities

Paying for college is expensive today and scholarships can help you get the education you need to pursue your career in aviation. Here is a list of organizations that support aviation related education.