We’re often asked if Campus Reach Interns are ever hired for full-time employment after their internship. Our answer: we love hiring Interns! The Campus Reach Program has built a talent acquisition pipeline here at Southwest, so you will see many of our former Interns roaming the hallways as full-time Southwest Employees.
Jake Garbelotti interned twice in the Technical Operations Department, in Fall 2013 and Summer 2014. He is now a Material Planner I in Technical Operations. Read on for more.
Year/semester of internship: Fall 2013, Summer 2014
Department/Team and current job title: Tech Ops Supply Chain—Material Planning (Material Planner I)
Years at Southwest: 2.5 full-time
Favorite Southwest city: Orlando because it’s the theme park capital of the world and I love visiting all of my friends from my college town!
Most memorable Southwest moment/event: Adopting a local elementary school and donating flights to the school’s soccer team. We organized a special send off for the kids that included special escorts, Southwest goodie bags, meeting the Flight Crew, and visiting the cockpit! Also winning the best Halloween skit and Chili Cook-Off (showmanship) two years in a row!
First ever job: Bagging groceries at an H-E-B Grocery Store
Proudest Southwest moment: Being chosen to lead Supply Chain Management in the 737 MAX Project and being a part of the first MAX delivery flight from Seattle to Dallas!
Words to live by: Don’t let any moment pass you by. You should always make your goals and desires happen when you can because nothing is guaranteed tomorrow. Focus on what makes you, and others around you, happy!
Reasons other people should intern at Southwest: As an Intern at Southwest, you get the best of both worlds—professional development and Fun-LUVing Culture. Where else do you get to work in a professional environment, learn how to adapt to high-stress situations, be trusted contributing to projects, all the while partaking in fun events and traveling around North America? At Southwest, you are treated as equal—both professionally and personally as part of the Family.
Ultimate Travel Tip: Pick the window seat with two windows in the row—it makes for awesome views, picture opportunities (#WingletWednesdays), and more shoulder room for sleeping!