Located at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, the jet center operates the airport for the Paulding County government.
In the spring of 2012 Beth Dorsey contacted Joe Sarber, operations manager for the jet center, about a possible summer internship for her daughter, Hope Dorsey, Sarber said. Dorsey, 16, is from Powder Springs and is a junior at Hiram High School.
“I wanted this because it was a new experience that was everything aeronautics; it was knowledge that I would retain for the rest of my life and just the beginning of my career,” Dorsey said.
This year Dorsey returned and they also hired Tevyn Stevens, 16, son of Susan and Adam Byrd of Dallas. He is a junior at East Paulding High School.
It is a non-paid internship which goes through the summer break. Students work three to four days a week.
Stevens said he had to write an essay on how aviation affects his life as part of the application process. He said he wants to go into aeronautical engineering and also wants to get his pilot license.
Dorsey said she wants to earn her private pilot certifications and ultimately become an airline transport pilot for Delta Airlines.
Stevens said the internship has taught him about different types of aircrafts, engines and fuel types.
“It gives them a hands-on experience,” Sarber said.
The students get the chance to move and fuel aircrafts, help file flight plans and anything else they can assist with. They learn what it takes to make an airport run, he said.
Also they have teamed with Hawk Flight School, which operates at the airport, to let the interns ride in the back seat of a plane to see what it is like to fly a plane.
Dorsey has also been a part of the ACE/OBAP Atlanta Academy and Flight Line, both sponsored by Delta Airlines The programs teach her different skills within aviation, including flying.