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Reno Tahoe Int’l Airport Internship Deadline

May 6, 2022 - May 7, 2022

The Position

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) is seeking a currently enrolled or recent college graduate to join our team for this summer as in intern!

There is one (1) internship available. The internship is full-time (up to 40 hours per week) and will be from Monday, May 30, 2022, through Friday, August 19, 2022.

The RTAA Win/Win Internship Program provides the opportunity for a current college student or recent college graduate to practice and blend their education and training with real-world application to gain invaluable airport industry knowledge and experience. Internships are designed to be an extension of the learning experience that bridges the students’ academic pursuits with post-college life.

The airport internship program is designed to provide the opportunity for a college student to practice and blend their education and training with real-world application to gain invaluable airport industry knowledge and experience. In this position, the intern will learn the importance of airport Air Service Business Development, and its role. This position will help the individual to enhance strong critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders and community partners. This position will assist in the planning, development and implementation of comprehensive air service and route development strategies.

General Program Structure:

  • The intern will be assigned to Airline Business Development (ASD) department
  • ASD will assume primary responsibility for the intern’s daily activities
  • People Operations (PO) will coordinate with the host department in the development of a work plan and learning opportunities
  • The Manager of Air Service and Cargo Business Development will serve as mentor and keep in regular contact with PO to ensure that the training plan is on track
  • The Intern will spend at least three days per week in the host department
  • The other two days each week the intern will go to a different department/division to learn about what they do to gain a broader understanding of our organization, our industry, and airports in general
  • At the end of the program, the Intern will give a presentation to the Executive Leadership Team about their experience and learnings

Scope of Internship:

  • Learn internal ASD database and external data sources
  • Learn and prepare monthly and weekly air service updates
  • Understand and monitor airline and economic data from the U.S. DOT and other related sources, including client-based tourism and economic development organizations, for domestic and international air service
  • Learn how to analyze airline passenger demand, airline capacity and other data to determine potential new opportunities
  • Analyze Business Travel Survey data
  • Review passenger demographics and core air service presentation; provide suggested changes
  • Review core cargo presentation and provide suggested changes
  • Understand Air Service Marketing Incentives and its importance
  • Job shadow assigned staff of other departments, such as, Commercial Business, Airside/Landside operations, Finance, Planning, Engineering, etc.

Expectations of the Intern:

  • Available to work the required scheduled for the duration of the internship
  • Present a positive and professional demeanor and appearance
  • Willing to ask questions and seek clarification to meet the deliverables requested of them
  • Ability to research information, synthesize its content, and apply information to the task assigned
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in both oral and written formats
  • Ability to work in the MS Office suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to identify problems, consult with appropriate staff, research circumstances, create alternatives and develop a recommended course of action to resolve the issue
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation to the Executive Leadership Team about their internship (e.g., what they did, what they learned, etc.) at the conclusion of the internship

What the internship program offers:

  • Professional Staff at the RTAA will provide subject area expertise mentorship for the duration of the internship
  • Guidance and coaching to help develop skills necessary for the successful application of academic knowledge to the business world
  • Constructive performance feedback
  • Meaningful, real-life projects and/or programs on which to work
  • Participate in, and have exposure to decision making processes

Wage: $17.50 per hour. This is a non-exempt, temporary, at-will internship.   There is no expectation or guarantee of continuing employment with the RTAA upon the completion of the internship.



Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in good academic standing OR be a recent college graduate (within last 6 months of application)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license at time of application
  • Must be able to pass a Drug Screen

Must be able to obtain an Airport Security Badge (which includes fingerprint criminal history records check and security badging test)


Selection Procedure

How to Apply:

Application Process: Applications for an RTAA Win/Win Internship are only accepted through an online process. A fully completed official online RTAA Application must be received by 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2022. For more information about this opportunity and to apply, visit:

Required Attachment: Applicant must attach a cover letter to their application, which identifies their area of study, their career path and/or objectives, and what their ideal internship would teach them and/or provide them the opportunity for exposure in an area of interest. Failure to include this will result in the applicant being disqualified from further consideration for the Internship.

Selection Process:

  • Review of Application.  After submission, the application will be reviewed to determine if it is complete and if eligibility criteria are met.
  • Interview Process.  Only eligible applicants will be considered for an interview.  The interview process will include a panel interview with members of the RTAA staff.
  • Pre-Employment Requirements. The selected candidate will be extended an offer contingent upon the successful completion/passing of a drug-screening test, a fingerprint criminal history records check, and security badging test.

Questions about the RTAA Win/Win Internship Program, the application process, eligibility criteria, and/or selection process, and the physical demands of the internship or requests for a reasonable accommodation, should be addressed to the RTAA People Operations Office at (775) 328-6450 or


Our Values

THRIVE is the acronym for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority’s values that were developed by our employees and adopted, supported and modeled by our Executive Leadership Team and our CEO.  The value each letter represents is described below:
Teamwork for Results. Teamwork is the foundation of any successful organization. In the working world, teamwork means we need to be able to trust one another in order to perform at the highest level and achieve the greatest results – regardless of what we are working on. This means that everyone on the team is empowered to do their best work, knowing that support is there when needed and also that they have the autonomy to use their best judgment in any given situation.

Teamwork for Results means:

  • When partnerships are formed to complete a task or project, all parties are committed to the success of the whole.
  • We are successful by communicating and trusting each other.
  • At all times, we know what’s important and what we are working toward.
  • Knowing the goal, we keep our eyes on the prize and measure our progress continually.
  • Individual actions are considered in light of how they support the whole.
  • Working hard and having fun can be achieved simultaneously.

Honesty & Integrity are the first cousins of Trust. When we operate from a position of honesty and integrity, all of our interactions are more effective because we are working on an even playing field. We trust that our words and actions are spoken and performed with good intentions for the individual as well as the organization. When we do the right things for the right reasons, everyone benefits.

Honesty and Integrity thrive in an environment where:

  • We keep our promises and our actions are guided by honesty and fairness.
  • It is up to each and every person to do the right thing, even when no one is watching.
  • All employees are enabled to communicate their opinions and ideas honestly and directly.
  • We all take ownership of the things for which we are responsible.

Respect & Recognition are both given and received. In a respectful environment, communication is open and courteous regardless of the subject matter or circumstance because every person who works here is of critical importance to the mission. We also recognize and celebrate the good things we do, both individually and as a team.

In this environment:

  • It’s a two-way street: recognition and appreciation are given freely at all levels.
  • We pay attention to the good that we do, and speak up to offer praise.
  • Everyone’s viewpoint matters; we ask for and listen to feedback in order to continually improve.
  • We value the contribution of each individual.
  • We seek to understand other viewpoints before arriving at decisions.

We all have the capacity to Inspire & Innovate. With our respective talents and passions, every time we interact with another person each individual can start the ripple effect that moves through the organization, igniting each of us with the remembrance that we do important work, and we impact the lives of our co-workers and our community on a daily basis. With this in mind, we recognize that we are all actively participating in the success of the organization, and we freely share breakthroughs and great ideas.

In order to inspire & innovate, we keep in mind that:

  • Innovation happens at all levels: we all have the capacity to come up with the next great thing.
  • There’s almost always room for improvement. “The way we have always done it” may not be the best or most efficient way to move forward.
  • Making a commitment to behave with pride and loyalty regardless of the task at hand is always the best option.
  • Our individual actions, however small, impact the morale of our team, our division, our department, and our organization.
  • Everyone has great ideas, and it’s up to each of us to make sure we tell someone when we come up with something that will benefit the organization.
  • Failure is the occasional outcome of good intentions. We will use failures to learn.

Versatility in an organization our size, agility is key. While clear direction is important, so too is the ability to be flexible in the way we approach tasks, challenges, and opportunities. There is rarely only one way to do something, and we may need to explore various options in order to achieve the greatest success.

Our versatility means that we:

  • Utilize both internal and external resources.
  • Adapt to changing conditions in order to remain successful.
  • Recognize that the place we hold in our region is an important one, and therefore we are able to balance the needs of the organization with the needs of the greater community.
  • Find the “win-win” ensures that we can shift our focus as needed.

Enthusiasm for Excellence. A positive attitude can really take you places. By choosing to bring an enthusiasm for excellence to every task we undertake, we recognize the value of our work and our relationships as well as the importance of being the best at what we do.

Enthusiasm for Excellence generates:

  • A deep appreciation for the team that we have created at the RTAA.
  • A collaborative environment, where each person’s contribution truly matters.
  • A spirit of continuous improvement where we all recognize that our best efforts lie in the next opportunity.
  • An appreciation for diversity of thought to help us all to generate new ideas and better ways of doing things.
  • A commitment to setting the bar high and to creating standards that others in our industry want to duplicate.


May 6, 2022
May 6, 2022
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