Posted April 22, 2011
Princess Young, a senior at Idaho State University, will enjoy a summer in Dallas, Texas, as she serves in the "No Limits" Southwest Airlines internship program.
Young applied for the Southwest internship in December and will be working full-time as a human resources intern this summer at Southwest's corporate headquarters. More than 19,000 students applied for the summer internship program and more than 300 applied for the human resources position.
"It is a very competitive program," said Young of the application process. "With internship opportunities like this, you have to constantly be aware of the deadlines. I wanted to apply a year ago but had missed the deadline so I made sure not to miss it this year."
Young is a business management major with an emphasis in human resources as well as a minor in vocal music. She is currently the editor-in-chief of ISU's student newspaper, The Bengal, and wants to promote students' involvement in applying for internships.
"The ISU Career Center is very helpful. They have a number of internship opportunities there,” said Young.
The Career Center, which is located on the third floor of the Museum Building, caters to students who are searching for job and professional prospects.
"There is always someone there to help and they offer really great services," she said.
Young applied for five jobs within Southwest and more than 25 internship openings all over the country.
"The earlier you start looking and applying, the more opportunities you give yourself,” she said.
As a human resources intern, Young will be functioning as a liaison between Southwest and their new interns. She will also be a part of event planning, employee relations and hiring new interns for the fall program.
"I'm very excited to work with Southwest," said Young. "It's a great company and has a very distinguished intern program. I am looking forward to the many opportunities that await me this summer."