Meet AFA's Summer Interns
Over the course of the summer, four interns are joining AFA Staff at the headquarters office in Arlington, VA. The interns are all members of Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings and are also AFA members. Ranging from Air Force ROTC cadets to newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenants, these bright individuals will be working with AFA's Executive Office, Communications, Government Relations and CyberPatriot departments to develop new programs and initiatives to further improve your Air Force Association.
In May, I earned a B.A. in Psychology and Minor in Global Cultures from Auburn University and commissioned through Air Force ROTC, Detachment 005, into the U.S. Air Force. This Fall I will report to Minot Air Force Base, Minot, ND to begin my journey as a Missile and Munitions Maintenance Officer. For the past 5 years, I have been a member of the Arnold Air Society (AAS) and credit the organization and our sister organization, Silver Wings (SW), with providing the most incredible memories, experiences, learning opportunities, and friendships of my life so far. I am grateful to AAS and SW for allowing me to intern for an organization I am passionate about. This summer at AFA HQ will be filled with great experiences and knowledge to bring back to my local AFA Chapter and through my career. It has been an adventure living in my favorite city (Especially being able to enjoy Independence Day in our nation’s capital!) and I cannot wait until I am able to continue my Air Force adventures in Minot!
This fall I'll be starting my junior year at Yale University. I'm a Mechanical Engineering and Political Science double major, and involved in Air Force ROTC on campus. After graduation, I hope to commission as a pilot. Although I am not sure yet what I would like to fly, I have recently been looking more at the F-35 and V-22 and think both of those would be great choices. Working at AFA’s headquarters has been a blast, and the part that has made my experience so far has been the people. Everyone is excited to work with us and show us the behind the scenes work that goes into making AFA run smoothly. I look forward to bringing back what I have learned here to my ROTC detachment.
This fall I will return to Samford University to begin my junior year as an Economics and Finance major and Professional Officer Candidate in the Air Force ROTC cadet wing. When I’m not studying or marching, I enjoy getting outdoors to hike or backpack with friends. After graduation, I hope to commission as an Acquisitions Officer in the U.S. Air Force. I am incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to intern at the AFA. In my time here so far, I have had wonderful supervisors that have allowed me to sit-in on numerous important meetings and have aimed to give me purposeful tasks. These experiences have helped me grow personally, professionally, and as a leader, as well as opened my eyes to all the AFA does for our Air Force. In addition, learning to live in the D.C. area has been quite the adventure!
In May 2017, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree and commissioned into the Air Force via ROTC. After the internship ends, I will be reporting to NAS Pensacola, FL and ‘suffering through the long winters’ there for Combat Systems Officer training. Outside of working for the Air Force Association, I genuinely enjoy traveling and exploring new places, which makes this adventure to DC all the more fun! I have had the unique opportunity to interact with some amazing people inside AFA HQ and at the various breakfasts that AFA hosts. I have also had the chance to witness AFA actively advocate on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon for our Airmen on a daily basis.