My first flight in a Piper Warrior set the spark that ignited my passion for aviation. I accepted the offer from Indiana State University to pursue a degree in Professional Aviation Flight Technology in the fall of 2006. After a year-and-a-half of flight training, I decided flying was not the career choice for me.
At that point, I started to focus more on the management side of aviation, and I never looked back. I graduated from Indiana State University in May 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace administration.
The day after graduation, I packed my bags and headed to Melbourne, Fla., to pursue a master’s degree in airport management and development at Florida Institute of Technology. I will graduate in December.
With the Columbus Municipal Airport being under a new administration since September 2012, an internship program was introduced by Airport Director Brian Payne. He is a huge proponent for the internships and does his absolute best to ensure his interns have the best experience possible.
As the 2013 summer airport administrative intern, I have had an invaluable experience from start to finish. I have had the distinct pleasure of attending several meetings regarding various projects the Columbus Municipal Airport is involved with or working on.
I have met several executives and business professionals throughout the community and have relished the opportunity to network with them.
I have been able to obtain a high level of exposure to experiences that cannot be taught in a classroom.
My internship primarily focused on the landside development of the airport. I was astonished to discover how many businesses reside on airport property.
The skills and knowledge obtained and the hands-on experience I’ve had will serve as a beneficial resource will be able to directly apply in my future career. I hope to go into airport administration post graduation.
The accomplishment I am the most proud of during my internship was the creation of The IntraAirpark Council. It is composed of businesses located on airport property, and it provides the stage to exchange ideas, provide feedback, meet other airport businesses and work together to create a cohesive group that genuinely cares about their business, the airport and the city of Columbus.
As I leave Columbus and head back to Florida, I will look in my rearview mirror with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye when I think about my summer spent in Columbus.
Corey Hill is the 2013 summer administrative intern for the Columbus Municipal Airport.