by Garrett Krosse
Throughout my flying career, I always thought of where I would end up working. What were the stages and different jobs I would have through my life that involved flying? Would it be cargo? Charter? Airline? Studying Canadian Geese migration patterns? There were endless options, and getting there to those options all depended on knowing the right people and standing out above the rest.
Over the summer of 2012, I spoke with Michael Gregory in the Career Services Office at the Prescott campus about possible internships for either the next year or next summer. The internship that stuck out in my mind was a flying-based internship in Burbank, California, for the cargo feeder Ameriflight LLC. It sounded too good to be true. From when I first started flying, I always dreamed and thought about Ameriflight…night-time, cargo, single pilot IFR, an exciting challenge and an impressive looking job for other airlines. So I applied, threw them a copy of my résumé and all the other necessary paperwork with Career Services, and then went on to enjoy the rest of my summer.
When I returned to Prescott in the Fall, I met with Michael Gregory and was informed that Ameriflight liked what they saw with my résumé and additional information provided. I was then informed that I would have a chance to speak with the people of Ameriflight when they visited the Prescott campus for the Industry/Career Expo. When the time came, Michael introduced me to the crew at Ameriflight. Just a chance to chat with them was perfect; I was able to ask them questions about working for them, what the internship would entail and the culture of the company. They asked me questions as well. I gave them a business card and was told they would ask for a phone interview soon.
The phone interview was a great success; they asked me the normal interview-type questions, and I continued to ask some more basic questions about the internship process. Ameriflight said they would let me know in the next two weeks about my status of being hired for the job. Then the email came. I was ecstatic. I could not even believe it. I was to be spending my Spring semester in Burbank, California, flying the Beech 1900 and learning the inner workings of the cargo feeder world. I still am unable to wrap my head around that fact that I have this incredible internship, and I know that I would have never gotten here without the help of Michael Gregory or the Career Services Office. I owe the foundations of my career to that man and that office.
Garrett Krosse is from the San Francisco Bay area. He is majoring in Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.