Training the Next Generation of Leaders: Willard Internship Program

Willard Airport launched an airport management intern position last fall.  After an extensive application process, Tingting He was selected for the position.  Tingting earned her bachelor of science degree in aviation management in 2021 from Auburn University.  She just graduated in May with her master’s degree from the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois.

Before coming to Willard Airport, Tingting worked as a flight dispatcher at Auburn University Airport.  She was also a flight coordinator for FedEx’s Air Operations division.

At Willard Airport, the internship introduced Tinging to the many facets of managing and operating a Commercial Service Airport. The Airport Management Intern position is assigned work and job shadowing by the Executive Director and is immersed in a variety of projects relating directly to airport administration, business operations, terminal operations, airfield operations, and security.

Tingting did an excellent job at Willard, helping to move projects forward, producing research and data to support business plans and ideas, and going above and beyond on assignments all over the airport.

Tingting has now accepted the position of Operations Specialist II at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport, in Alabama.  She just began working in her new position last month.  She is sure to meet with success.

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