For my link internship, I knew what branch of topics I would want to go in but I didn't know who I would do my internship with. At first I thought that I would try to reach out to some small corporate jet businesses and try to fly with them but it turned out that they all had HUGE policies that didn't allow people my age and me being in high school not able to fly along. Facing these troubles led me to contacting Highland Helicopters. Though this was a helicopter business and not a fixed wing (airplane business, it was a privately owned business and soon in the future, I plan on making my own as well and having this business as my link was a huge success. I had already knew these folks through the aviation community so this was a simple phone call then straight to a one on one meeting.
With the amount of people I have contacted for a internship, I didn't contact anyone else but highland helicopters. In the past, I attempted to set up a internship for the summer with a local or out of state aviation business ranging from a simple dude who owns a jet to SouthWest airlines. All of these options gave me a simple answer being that I needed to be a specific age and I was not old enough or I had to be out of high school. These gave me a clear picture of who I can intern with or who I cant. Of course I could have reached out even more and begged my way into it but having a perfectly good internship already to go with Highland Helicopters was a great opportunity and I took it right away.
Going into this 3 week long internship, I hope to gain a lot of knowledge in not only helicopters and how they operate, but maintaining them and how to maintain a steady business. I hope from the experience I have with them, I will be able to fly at least once and do a lot of ground work with business management and how to keep a steady business going. I hope to bring into Colorado Highland Helicopters is maybe some fixed wing pilot views as this business operates nothing but helicopters and to bring my side of view to this business. I also want to bring enthusiasm. Not saying that they don't have it already but with the owners running the business constantly, it can be a little stressful but with a little enthusiasm and a cheerful spirit, it can go along way. I want to leave a mark at their business by letting everyone know that I helped out with their business because Highland is a very well known business and having my name being spread around there would be fantastic! I want to also leave a mark there being obvious that there was something there that I added to the business as well.