Career Opportunities, Internships, and Student Development

Over the years, Embry-Riddle has had in place one or more new-hire programs with commercial airlines. The programs were implemented and designed to provide exceptional opportunities for Embry-Riddle graduates with Aeronautical Science degrees to become, upon graduation, new-hire pilots with airlines.

These relationships depend on airline pilot hiring opportunities, which are currently on hold at most airlines. Internship opportunities continue to exist at many airlines, and these possibilities should be reviewed with Career Services personnel.

PSA Airlines Pilot Cadet Program


  • Hold a First Class Medical
  • Eligible to accept permanent employment in the U.S.
  • Successfully pass required testing and panel interview(s)

Program Requirements

  • Minimum of 30 credit hours completed at ERAU
  • Complete Commercial/Multi/Instrument at ERAU
  • Obtain a CFI (CFII & MEI preferred)
  • CGPA 2.75 & GPA in major 3.00
  • Complete FA-420
  • Flight Instruct at ERAU for a minimum of 12 months or 800 hours total time
  • Attend ExpressJet campus visits and presentations
  • Participation in an internship recommended

To apply, please contact Lauren Burmester ( in the Career Services Office.

American Eagle Airlines and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have formed an alliance, with respect to the American Eagle pilot recruitment and interviewing policy. American Eagle recognizes the quality of training ERAU provides and the airline-ready pilots the program produces.

American Eagle agrees to guarantee interviews (provided American Eagle Airlines is interviewing) to pilots who have graduated from ERAU and who meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science/Aviation
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • FAA Commercial pilot or ATP certificate with ME and Instrument ratings
  • First Class medical
  • 500 hours total flight time
  • 75 hours ME
  • 250 hours PIC
  • FA-420/FA-422; Airline Crew Flight Techniques and Analysis
  • Recommendation from the Flight Department

For additional information, contact the Career Services Office at 386-226-6054.

JetBlue and Cape Air have combined with Embry-Riddle to offer a unique opportunity that creates a path to a career with JetBlue. Once accepted into the Gateway Program, five phases are defined:

Phase 1: Education and Flight Training
Stay successfully enrolled in an AABI-accredited program at Embry-Riddle. Gain all required aviation licenses and credentials.

Phase 2: Regional Partner Internship
Spend an internship at Cape Air.

Phase 3: University Flight Instructor
After graduation, the student will work as a full-time flight instructor for at least one year at Embry-Riddle.

Phase 4: Captain at Cape Air
Join Cape Air as a pilot. You will fly the line and gain valuable Captain PIC time, outstanding basic aviation skills, and weather experience.

Phase 5: Final Interview Process — JetBlue Airways
As a candidate of the University Gateway Program, if you have successfully completed Phases 1-4 and have attained the minimum requirements for a JetBlue first officer, you will be given an opportunity to interview when pilot hiring is active. If a job offer is extended, you will be placed in a training slot as a first officer.

Contact Career Services for additional information concerning both of these promising opportunities. They will provide an overview of each of these opportunities, the qualifications required, and the benefits to be derived.

Visit Career Services for more information about student development programs, internships and career opportunities.

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