Southwest Airlines Campus Reach

Campus Reach. Engage, Inspire, Launch.

What is Campus Reach?

The No Limits Program has evolved to “Campus Reach!”

The Campus Reach program identifies and engages future Southwest Employees at an early age, hopefully inspiring an interest in a career in aviation! Campus Reach’s efforts include: high school internships and partnerships, a nationally-recognized college internship program, direct hiring opportunities for new college graduates, and an MBA internship to bring talented individuals into more strategic roles within the Company.

Campus Reach: Engage, Inspire, Launch

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Campus Reach gives high school students exposure to the Corporate world through high school internships, emphasizing the importance of education, and opportunities that exist beyond the diploma or degree.

Southwest has participated in several Dallas-based high school internship initiatives. With our own (soon to come!) program, we’ll make an impact outside of our hometown, in additional Southwest communities.

“Currently, there are only a few high-school students in the world who can say they’ve interned at Southwest Airlines. I am endlessly lucky to say that I am one of them,” said Jake, a student junior at Hillcrest High School in the Dallas Independent School District. “From inside of a high-school classroom, you can’t see how an office is split up into smaller teams that bounce off of and depend on one another, or how they contribute to companywide goals.”

And, we hope to see our high school interns return as college interns some day!

College interns at Southwest will not only get hands-on business experience in their particular field, they will also get to experience the famous Culture that makes Southwest Airlines home to some of the most highly sought after internships year after year.
In 2014, we had 293 Interns onboard with us from 103 different universities and 36 different states. These Interns were selected from over 14,000 resumes, so it’s definitely a competitive program!

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Here’s what others have to say about Southwest and our Internships:

  • # 3 Best College Internship Programs
    Campus Grotto, 2015
  • Top 10 Communications Internships
    The Vault, 2014
  • “One of the Coolest Internships in America”
    The Street, 2014
  • Top 6 Internship Perks, 2013
  • Featured Company
    Intern Insider, 2013

Read through our Internship FAQs

The Campus Reach MBA Internship Program launched Summer 2014. This 11 week program is held only during the summer semester, and only at Southwest headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Participants are students making progress toward an MBA or MS in Business or a related field, and will bring fresh perspectives to Southwest, and gain practical, real-world experience in concepts straight from the pages of a textbook.

MBA Internship Criteria:

  • Progress towards an MBA or MS in Business or related field
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience preferred (full-time, part-time, or internship)

Potential areas of engagement include:

  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Strategic Planning & Implementation
  • Enterprise Workforce Planning
  • Labor Relations Strategy
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Planning
  • Commercial Planning & Performance

Associate Business Analyst:

Associate Business Analysts (ABA) focus on internal and external Customer requirements, in which he/she conducts business analysis, process modeling, and redesign. From there, he/she will research and recommend alternative actions for problem resolution. In addition, our ABAs are given the opportunity to participate in systems and acceptance testing. Furthermore, ABAs engage in fiscal management and cost estimate development.

Preferred experience:

  • Majors include: Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Business, Engineering, Computer Science, or Information Systems or Related Major
  • 1 year analysis experience.
  • Prior analysis internships/capstone projects.
  • Leadership experience.

Emerging Leader Development Program (ELDP):

ELDP, or Emerging Leader Development Program, is a recruiting and development program designed to create a diverse pipeline of skilled emerging Leaders who are experienced in multiple job duties, Lead the Southwest Way, and are prepared to take on Leadership roles in a Department, Station, or Center as they become available.

ELDP is an 18-month rotational program through Southwest Operation positions, in a Leadership role. Participants in the program will receive core job training, Southwest Airlines Leadership training, and once completed, will then rotate through and work as a Leader in the various Operation positions. Participant training occurs anywhere within Southwest Airlines and is based upon need and availability of training resources.

Successful completion of this program requires the participant to attend all scheduled meetings and training, successfully meet the objectives and expectations for each rotation, and graduate from the program.  Upon successful completion of the program, participants are placed in a Leadership role at a Southwest Airlines location based upon business need.

We’re looking for candidates who will model Living the Southwest Way, demonstrate the Expectations for Leaders, and have the drive to Lead Southwest into the future!  Read more on the blog.

Here’s what we look for in strong candidates:

  • The desire to Live and Work the Southwest Way
    • Living the Southwest Way means having a Warrior Spirit, a Servant’s Heart, and a Fun-LUVing Attitude! For  students, a Warrior Spirit means having a strong GPA, some work experience, involvement in clubs and organizations, and Leadership experience.  A Servant’s Heart is displayed through your involvement in volunteer work and community events, and in putting others before yourself.  A Fun-LUVing attitude means not taking yourself too seriously, and having FUN even when you’re working hard
  • Commitment to Customer Service and Hospitality
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-motivation and energetic personality
  • Team-oriented quality
  • Flexibility to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well alone or with others

College Internship Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be fulltime college students as defined by your university (or taking the last of your required classes to graduate) to be eligible for our internships. Most of the positions also require that students are classified at a minimum of junior level (60+ hours), although some positions also allow sophomores to apply. Recent college graduates are eligible only for the semester immediately following graduation. (May graduates are eligible for Summer Internships).

All applicants must apply online during the application period, which is usually six months before the start of the internship, or up to six weeks before you graduate for those interested in full time opportunities upon graduation. A resume is all you need to apply, but you may be contacted for additional information in the future.


MBA Internships

Internship Semester

Internship Dates

Approximate Application Period


June 6 - Aug. 18

Apply Oct. 5 - 18


College Internships

Internship Semester

Internship Dates

Approximate Application Period


Jan. 25 - May 6

Apply Aug. 17 - Sept. 21


May 16 - Aug. 5

Apply Oct. 26 - Nov. 16


Sept. 6 - Dec. 9

Apply Feb. 22 - Mar. 21

High School Internships

Internship Semester

Internship Dates

Approximate Application Period


June 13 - Aug. 5

Apply TBD - Spring 2016

Direct College Hires

Start Date

Posting Dates


Sept. 25 - Oct. 1


Sept. 25 - Oct. 1


Sept. 25 - Oct. 1


Please check our Job Listings for more information as dates can change.

We’re fortunate to receive hundreds of amazing applications, so the resume review process typically takes four-six weeks from the time the application period closes. Then, we can begin conducting interviews. We’ll reach out to you by phone or email for each position you apply for. We appreciate your patience while we make our selections.

Come Fly With Me  
College and MBA Interns, and full-time Employees, are eligible for free, unlimited space-available travel to any domestic location to which Southwest flies. All travel is subject to seat availability, so flexibility is important.
Have FUN, Get Paid  
Not only do you get to have FUN and enjoy your work, you get paid as well! The payment amount will depend on the particular internship or position and its requirements.
Career Development
All High School Interns, College Interns, MBA Interns, and Full Time Employees have the unique opportunity to attend Career Development classes and events during the work day that will help you develop the skills that you need in order to succeed in the professional world. Events include:

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator- Interns learn about psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
  • Career Day-This workshop prepares Interns for applying and interviewing for fulltime positions.
  • Days in the Field-Take a closer look at other departments around our Headquarters to explore career opportunities outside your assigned internship area.

Love Where You Work
If you’re not already excited about what Southwest Airlines has to offer, we’ve got a couple more reasons. We have a casual dress code, and we host a variety of FUN Culture activities that allow you to mix and mingle with other Southwest Warriors. 

Wellness, Financial Rewards, Company Culture, Community Outreach, Employee Engagement and Travel, Training and Development, Communication Connections, Health

Resume Tips: Our application system accepts resumes in PDF and Word format.

Visit our Career Site FAQs for a list of supported web browsers before you apply.

Tips on perfecting your resume for Southwest Internships:

  • Keep it to one page when possible.
  • Limit information from high school and don’t include excessive information that’s not current or relevant.
  • Be sure to highlight your strengths and skills, and give specific examples of when you’ve used them.
  • Show experience or relevant coursework on your resume so that it’s in line with the position for which you’re applying.


Interview Tips:

Are you nervous about your phone interview or in-person interview? Relax and read over these tips from our recruiters:

  • Save a copy of the job description when you apply, and review it before the interview.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.  Come to the interview prepared.
  • Be concise with your answers and avoid rambling. Don't be afraid of silence while the recruiter is writing some notes.
  • Be yourself, don’t be afraid to let your personality show.
  • Do your research. Be knowledgeable about Southwest and the position for which you're applying.
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