Co-op Assistance Award Winners

The Co-op Assistance Award Program provides financial awards to a few deserving students each summer who participate in the University’s Co-op/Internship Program.  The Program helps students minimize their financial concern by helping them defray some additional expenses that would be incurred during the work term and allowing the students to get the maximum benefit from a great co-op or internship opportunity.  The Award Program which has been in existence since summer 2003 with $16,500 awarded to 60 students is funded by employers, alumni and the Career Services team .  Congratulations to the 13 Daytona Beach students who received a Co-op Award for the summer

Jeremy Asomaning – Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

The Boeing Company, Everett, WA; Structures Airframe Intern


Jacob Clinard – Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis, IN; Design Engineer Summer Intern


Samantha DeMarco – Master of Science in Engineering Physics/Space Physics

U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM; Research Scientist Intern


Davin Fonseka – Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management Science

Cape Air, Hyannis, MA; A&P Maintenance Intern


Zorororashe Gandiya – Master of Business Administration

Lufthansa Technik Component Services, Miramar, FL; Intern


Amy George – Bachelor of Science in Human Factors Psychology

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ft Worth, TX; Technical Intern


Zachary Goff – Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, MD; Systems Engineering Intern


Kristia Harris – Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Teledyne Oil & Gas, Daytona Beach, FL; New Product Development Intern


Shizhen Huang – Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Orlando, FL; Apprenticeship Program


Calvin Pereira – Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance Science

Cape Air, Hyannis, MA; A&P Maintenance Intern


Carl Phelps – Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science

Grimmster, Port Orange, FL; Engineering Intern


Jay Rowland – Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Cessna Aircraft Company (Textron Aviation), Wichita, KS; Engineering Product Support Engineer


Michelle Sinagra – Master of Science in Human Factors & Systems

Express Employment Professionals/Embraer Executive Jets, Melbourne, FL; Designer Intern


Below are some highlights of gratitude from the award winners:

“I just really appreciate the help that I have gotten from Career Services!”

“I would like to thank you and the entire Career Services office for this award. I truly appreciate the support and please know that it will be very helpful while I am going through my internship…”

“I’d like to thank you and the other members of career services for this award! It is greatly appreciated and will be very helpful for my internship. Thanks again!”

“I want to say an even bigger thank you for awarding me the Co-Op/Intern Assistance Award! I am so excited. This will definitely help with the costs of setting up at the company for the summer. Please extend my thanks to Brian and the rest of the Career Services Staff.”

“This is great news!”




Intern Spotlight: Fabio An

FabioFabio An is a current Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering student and completed his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, FL campus.  He is an active student on campus where he works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and is a leader with the Brazilian Student Association.  Understanding the importance of experience, Fabio worked for a full year with US Airways as an Engineering Co-op.

How did you obtain your internships with US Airways?

I found this opportunity on the Embry-Riddle EagleHire Network website. I had applied for the position through the website and was contacted by US Airways within two weeks to schedule an interview.

What were some of your responsibilities?

Fabio and wheelsAt US Airways I worked directly with three engineers: avionics, propulsion, and structural engineer. I was very fortunate to have obtained this position as I was able to gather experience from almost every aspect of the airline maintenance engineering. Working with the structural engineer, my main responsibilities were to provide repair instructions to the mechanics and ensure, mathematically, that those repairs followed FAA regulations. While working with the propulsion engineer, my main duties involved investigating the root cause for engines components failures and premature engine removals. Lastly, with the avionics engineer, I worked on projects ranging from avionics software updates to assisting in the implementation of Service Bulletins fleet wide.

What advice do you have for students interested in obtaining an internship?

Fabio with planeExtensively use the help of Career Services to ensure your resume is properly formatted and with the correct information on it. Additionally, I recommend doing mock up interviews; never be afraid to say you don’t know the answer for a specific question. I also recommend sending a signed thank you letter after the interview is done.  After I was accepted at US Airways, I asked my supervisor if he had received the letter I sent and to my surprise, out of the 40 candidates, I was the only one to have sent a thank you letter, I was told the letter was not the main reason for hiring me, but he said he was pleased to have received it.

Daytona Beach Students…Apply for the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award

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Apply for the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award

Daytona Beach students can apply for a Career Services-sponsored Co-op/Internship A$$istance Award (up to $500) to help defray some expenses they may incur when they go on a Co-op or Internship experience during the summer semester. Money could be used for gasoline to travel to the industry site, for professional clothes to wear at work, to help pay rent, to pay for lodging if they non-rev to Paris, or even to dine at Chick-Fil-A.

Companies, alumni, and ERAU staff members have made tax deductible donations to the Co-op/Internship A$$istance Program in order for Career Services to offer several deserving Co-op/Intern students a little extra money for expenses during the summer Co-op/Intern semester. Their generosity has helped to minimize a student’s financial concern, relieving a little bit of the financial burden and therefore allowing a student to get the maximum benefit from the practical work experience. The Program began in 2003 and will continue each summer semester, as long as funding is available. Last summer, 10 students were each awarded $100-$400.

At the time of application, candidates must comply with University Co-op/Intern policy and be registered in EagleHire Network with an approved resume uploaded.  They must have already had a mandatory advising session to verify co-op/intern eligibility including GPA and credit hour requirements. Applicants must have signed a Student Agreement and be degree-seeking DB students enrolled full-time in the current and past semester in order to be considered.

ESSAY (one page max/double spaced); answer ALL of the following:
-If you are awarded co-op assistance, explain how this financial award (up to $500) would benefit you.
-How important has financial assistance been in your pursuit to complete your education?
-Are there situations or circumstances that are challenging or hardships that you have had to overcome?

Submissions of Resume, Transcript, and Essay are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.

Email documents to:

A committee of Career Services staff members will select the Award recipients. Recipients will be awarded a Co-op/Internship A$$istance monetary Award for Summer 2014, provided the recipient has been selected by a company/organization for a Summer 2014 Co-op/Internship AND completed a  Co-op/Intern contract to register for university credit. This contract must be completed with Career Services by Friday, May 2, 2014 in order to receive the Award.

Contact Sally Richards for information.  To make an online tax deductible contribution to the Program, go to this link:

Spotlight on the Co-op Assistance Award Program Winners

The Co-op Assistance Award Program provides financial awards to a few deserving students each summer who participate in the University’s Co-op/Internship Program.  The Program helps students minimize their financial concern by helping them defray some additional expenses that would be incurred during the work term and allowing the students to get the maximum benefit from a great co-op or internship opportunity.  The Award Program funded by employers, alumni and the Career Services team has been in existence since summer 2003 with $13,550 awarded to 46 students.  Congratulations to the 10 Daytona Beach students who received a Co-op Award during the summer 2013.

Award_Albano_Justin_Software_Engineering_sum_2013Justin Albano, Software Engineering
Harris Corp, Melbourne, FL; Software Technician
Justin was presented with the opportunity to work with this team to build a cloud network for the collection and parsing of FAA flight and weather data.  He was tasked with two major responsibilities:
automating the installation and scaling of the distributed cache software for the cloud network under development and applying this distributed cache to an adapter component in the cloud network.
“I feel I have learned a great deal in the way of technical knowledge. I feel that I have gained even more experience in the non-technical aspects. It is these skills that will, in the end, mean the difference between an average engineer and a successful engineer.”

Award_Gondaliya_Ravi_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Ravi Gondaliya, Aerospace Engineering
Spirit Airlines, Miramar, FL; Technical Operations Department Co-op
Ravi did two rotations of an Engineering Co-op with Spirit Airlines. He worked as a Fleet Specialist in the Technical Operations Department.  Fleet Specialists have expertise in a variety of diverse aircraft sciences like Structures/ Interiors, Avionics, Systems and Powerplant engineering.  He was assigned tasks from the engineers working in all of the above fields of engineering. “The main thing about airline engineering is that every day is filled with excitement because one never knows which part of an airplane will need maintenance.”  He learned about new airplane components, new regulatory compliance policy and new internal Spirit documentation contents.

Award_Huang_Shizhen_Computer_Engineering_sum_2013Shizhen Huang, Computer Engineering
Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAVAIR), Orlando, FL; Naval Research Engineering Intern
Shizhen was introduced to the Concept Develop Integrate Laboratory (CDIL), which mainly developed prototype trainers that focus on military communication systems. CDIL is currently developing projects that involve communications and interactive interfaces, collaborating with Lockheed Martin 3D Animation. As a summer intern, Shizhen worked alongside the CDIL team members in HCOT prototype development. When first introduced to HCOT (Helicopter Control Officer Trainer), he wasn’t familiar with systems, therefore  had many things to learn and many questions that needed to be answered.  His responsibilities at the beginning of the internship were mainly to maintain the HCOT computers and to configure the hardware. This included System Configuration, HCOT system testing, and HCOT system troubleshooting.

Denean Kelson, Aerospace Engineering
Dassault Falcon Jet, Little Rock, AR; Engineering Intern/Design
Denean worked on multiple projects to learn about engineering error including an analysis of rework for the engineering department.  She presented her findings to the Vice President of Engineering at DFJ. Her analysis resulted in an enhancement to the process of charging rework.  She also worked on a project to correct engineering error and the processes involved. This included times when engineers made mistakes or builders found improvements to the design.  Communicating with other departments within the facility and to the facility in France were required.

Award_Mullary_Glenn_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Glenn Mullary, Aerospace Engineering
Eagle Flight Research Center, Daytona Beach, FL; Engineering Intern
Glenn spent the internship testing the feasibility of an electrical-aircraft motor. The motor was designed, mounted, tested, and went through vigorous verification processes. At the end of the internship, the findings concluded that a fully electrical-aircraft motor was not a viable option to use in the aviation industry at this time.

Award_Porter_Brian_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Brian Porter, Aerospace Engineering
GE Aviation, Lynn MA; Engineering Co-op
Brian was assigned to Configurations Design within the Lynn PIC (Product Integration Center) Group. In the PIC, engineers worked with fuel, air, and oil exterior systems along with owning the components that coordinated these systems.  Specifically, the Configurations Design Group dealt with the routing and delivery methods incorporated into the systems to keep the engine running smoothly.  These systems ranged from cooling the engine core to supplying fuel to the spray bars, all of which were crucial for operation.  Responsibilities of his group included properly mounting and designing these delivery systems to withstand in-flight conditions in addition to a lifelong supporting role to ensure their overall function.  These responsibilities stretched over a number of engine lines such as T700 helicopter engines, F414 fighter engines, to NPI (New Product Integration) engines that GE was developing.  He gained an abundance of skills in GE’s engineering 3D design software programs, spending a lot of time learning how to properly design in Unigraphics and 3D Visual Mockup in which he would transfer models to check interfaces and complete trade studies.

Award_Quintero_Nathalie_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Nathalie Quintero, Aerospace Engineering
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Seattle, WA; Engineering Intern
Nathalie worked as an Engineering intern in the Configurations group which was part of Payloads/Interiors Engineering organization,  the largest engineering group within the Boeing Commercial Airplanes organization.  The team worked from the initial stage of an airplane order all the way through the airplane building process.  Her group was responsible for the interior configuration of the 747, 767 and 777 series of commercial jetliners. She realized communication was key to engineering.   She communicated with other Boeing teams across different commodities such as Customer Engineering, Price and Offerability, LOPA designers, Galleys, Seat Engineering, Lavatories and interior décor to verify and testify that the documents to be handed back to the airline customers were correct.

Award_Shi_Fengyi_Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Fengyi Shi, Aerospace Engineering
Zodiac Aerospace, Gainesville, TX, and Tianjin, China; Manufacturing Engineering Co-op
After working a semester as a manufacturing engineer co-op in TX, Fengyi was sent to China with Zodiac Aerospace to a brand new facility that just opened in Tianjin, China. This new factory would produce aircraft seats for several China airlines. He was in charge of a group of 9 people and taught seat assembly training for the operators of the China facility. He gave them blueprint reading training, assembly training and basic English training based on lessons he had learned in the U.S. and assisted in communications between China and the U.S. facilities.

Award_Smelsky_Aaron_MS Aerospace_Engineering_sum_2013Aaron Smelsky, M.S. Aerospace Engineering
Dassault Falcon Jet, Teterboro, NJ; Engineering Co-op
Working as a Sales Engineering Intern taught Aaron about professionalism in the work place and what to expect in industry. His group’s main function was completing Work Requests the sales team received from clients and companies all over the world. The various requests were for aircraft performance calculations such as takeoff and landing capabilities from specific airports or Dassault’s aircraft and some competitors.  The sales team relied on the sales engineering staff to produce high quality professional work to back up their figures in order to sell aircraft.

Award_Worsham_Elizabeth_Mechanical_Engineering_photoElizabeth Worsham, Mechanical Engineering
Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis, IN; Engineering Co-op
Elizabeth worked her first co-op rotation as a member of the Repair Engineering group in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Because of the diversity of Repair Engineering, she was able to work on many different engine models, including the AE Series, 501K series, and the Rolls-Royce LiftFan, and work with various Customer Facing Business Units (CFBUs). “My greatest value to the company was that I was able to save them approximately $50,000 in Technical Variances alone.”  Elizabeth completed 18 assignments during her rotation and had several more that were in progress when she left.  She had the opportunity to contribute to both short and long-term projects for various CFBUs, and her work on projects such as the AFRL liftng projects and the feasibility study will have an impact on future results.

Internship Resources

By Sandi Ohman

thCA5BNMPOWhile it is extremely cold right now, even here in Florida, the summer is quickly approaching.  As students contemplate their summer plans, for some, an internship opportunity is high on the list. Many though don’t know how to start the search process for identifying internships.  Below is a list of resources to use to find internship opportunities:

  1. The Career Services Office (CSO) – The CSO at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) advertises internships through the career management system, EagleHire Network.  This is an excellent resource to consider for internship opportunities.  CSO partners with employers to advertise opportunities through EagleHire Network.  These companies are interested in ERAU students, so it is a good place to start the internship search.
  2. Company Websites –  Many large companies have well-established internship programs and choose to advertise internship opportunities on their company websites. Make sure to follow all application requirements and provide requested documents, since this shows the employer the applicant can follow directions.
  3. The Internet – Search engines such as Google,,, are good internet resources to search for internships.  Another resource is CareerShift.  This is an employment research tool for students and alumni to use when researching opportunities.  The Career Services Office has purchased the required membership needed to use CareerShift.  The log-in page can be found embedded in the home page of the student/alumni part of EagleHire Network.  Make sure to follow account creation/log-in instructions located in the CareerShift box.  There are also numerous internet resources listed on the Useful Links page of the Career Services website.
  4. Faculty – Faculty are excellent resources in the internship search.  Many have worked in industry, and they have contacts and companies contact them about open positions.
  5. Network(ing)Quintiessential Careers recently wrote in their blog that networking is one of the best ways to find out about opportunities.  So, let others know of your interest to find an internship in a specific field.  Also, LinkedIn is another networking source.  LinkedIn is a professional social networking internet resource.  Users can search for alumni that work at the company they are interested in, search for internships advertised through LinkedIn, or other contacts in the company.
  6. Career Fair/Recruiting Events – In 2014 the Daytona Beach Career Services Office will be hosting Career Week 360°.  This will be a week full of career-related topics and opportunities.  On Tuesday, March 4 and Wednesday, March 5, there will be an Employer Recruiting Showcase.  This is a smaller event than the Industry/Career Expo, but it is an opportunity for companies to recruit for internships and full-time opportunities.   Another opportunity to meet recruiters is company visits.  There are numerous companies that will come to campus to recruit, interview and hold information sessions.  These are good opportunities to interact with employers and learn about internship opportunities.  Check the EagleHire Network calendar for dates.
  7. Letters of Interest – Letter of Interest/Inquiry can be used to reach out to companies to find out about internship opportunities or programs.
  8. Previous Student Internship Papers – When students participate in an internship for credit, writing a paper about the experience at the end of the term is part of the requirements. Those papers are posted in the Daytona Beach Career Services Blackboard organization.  This is a good way to read what other students experienced on their internship and also find out where other students from different degrees went on an internship.

Students should use the above resources to research and find internship opportunities.  When applying for internships, make sure to customize resumes (and cover letters if requested) to positions, follow application requirements and submit complete quality applications.  This will increase the chances of obtaining an internship and gaining the experience towards a future career.

Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services.  Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

What Can I Do On My Internship?

By Sally Richards

72962_10152434783425716_7754667_nWoo-hoo!  You’ve landed an internship where you know you will learn valuable skills to help make you more marketable to the corporate world or other organizations.  Now, what in the world will your daily routine actually look like?

Your daily routine will depend on whether the company you will be doing your internship with is in the aviation, aerospace, or another industry and whether their focus is service, manufacturing and technology, space exploration or product research and development.

Routine or no routine?  Depending on the nature of the business you will work in, your position may be anything but routine and may include responsibilities or activities outside the box.  The requirements of a department or company will determine how varied your work and workload are.  You may be working on single projects as assigned during the semester.  Some may be for a short duration, so you will be tasked with completing multiple projects.  Others will take much longer where you may be working on one major project throughout the semester.

Previous interns have had a myriad of amazing experiences. You could too.
Just imagine!  You could participate in Co-op or Internship where you….

  • On the cutting edge working alongside seasoned engineers for future Falcon 9 launches
  • Dance…on a video made with interns about the JSC Co-op Program…Gangnam style
  • Take-off on an airline charity flight as a mentor for an organization like, “Wish for Kids”
  • Stand on top of Mt. Washington at an altitude of 6,288 feet and run weather data measurements
  • Research and test biomedical exercise equipment for use by NASA astronauts
  • Solve engineering problems and apply appropriate solutions for a general aviation aircraft manufacturer
  • Support an up and coming car manufacturer in creating tests for a bench vehicle in hardware and software. Wire up data acquisition system to controllers on the vehicle for testing.
  • Play in a golf tournament with some executives from the Ivory Tower
  • Work with the powerplant team as well as technicians in the shop and work the entire project from initiation and development to actual prototype in a fuel manifold project
  • Lunch with the CEO of a major U.S. airline
  • Work with Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) agency and its investigations
  • Attend design reviews with other team members
  • Fly a major commercial airline simulator and potentially earn 14 hours of 777 sim time for your logbook
  • Serve as the flight test engineer for some of the development flights, as well as for the entirety of certification flight process as a new avionics system is being addressed on a Seneca V
  • Instrumental in data collection of all reported accidents and incidents reported by pilots
  • Assist with work on the replica of Curiosity Rover in the “Mars Yard”
  • Fly on an initial flight on the first of a new aircraft series across the pond
  • Assist in designing military tank simulators and weaponry simulators for the U.S. Military
  • Certified to fly right seat in a commuter airlines operation
  • Try on a prototype astronaut suit or ride the vomit comet
  • Help design, build, test, and work as dragster crew for a motorsports company while adhering to safety regulations
  • Work with the Chief of Flight Test for a major helicopter manufacturer
  • Work in wind tunnel testing with a major engine manufacturer
  • Make significant suggestions during the evaluation process of a contamination issue
  • Have a bio written on you for a newsletter published by a major commercial airline manufacturer
  • Travel with department team to other company sites
  • Improve procedures to increase productivity and work quality for Flight Data Analyses and for implementing AQP
  • Write company policies for safety and severe weather
  • Prepare analytical reports
  • Remake the store interfaces on android considering android guidelines
  • Observe and subsequently test your expertise at a firing range for law enforcement agency
  • Assist in setting up a manufacturing production line in China
  • Develop better communication skills with team members
  • Assist as a safety specialist in different workshops
  • Enhance your presentation skills and interaction with other professionals in the field during briefings
  • Research repairs, read manuals, and navigate information systems while understanding manufacturers’ aircraft drawings for a major airline

Previous interns have remarked that their co-ops/internships were the “best experiences ever!” Daytona Beach students, via Blackboard, can read the final co-op/intern papers that each intern writes at the end of a semester of practical work experience to learn their peers’ perception of a company culture and the responsibilities, duties, advantages and disadvantages.  This will give you some foresight about the culture, people and processes used by a company even before you start an internship.

Your initiative, motivation and good attitude can open up doors and windows for you.  With your internship, you’ve begun your journey towards a successful career.

Sally Richards has 30 years of experience in higher education with a proven track record in Career Services. Sally started her career with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aeronautical Engineering Department.  Currently as the Career Services Cooperative Education/Internship Program Manager, she manages and facilitates operations of the Co-op/Intern Program for the team of Program Managers and ensures adherence of Co-op policies and procedures while overseeing conflict resolution for co-op situations. Her credentials include aviation/airline industry experience in flight recruiting, maintenance planning and passenger service with two major airlines and one regional carrier, as well as studies at Kent State University in Ohio.

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