How to Apply

Application Process

All students must apply online during the application period, which is usually six months before the start of the internship. A resume is all that is needed at the time you apply, but you may be contacted for additional information in the future.

What happens after you apply? We receive thousands of resumes each semester, so please be patient while we make our decision. If you are selected from the resume review, a Recruiter will contact you for a phone interview. The next step is an interview at our Headquarters in Dallas. For this interview you will need your college transcripts, your "Why Southwest" essay, and two letters of recommendation. After an in-person interview, you will hear back if you were selected for the internship or not within two to three weeks. The whole selection process can take several months from the time you apply, but all applicants will be contacted either via phone or email once decisions have been made.

Application Deadline

Undergraduate Interns:
Spring 2016 - August 17th - September 14th
Summer 2016 - October 26th - November 16th
Fall 2016 - February 22nd - March 21st

MBA Interns:
Summer 2016 - November 2nd - November 23rd (Approx)


Luke Stone
2702 Love Field Drive
Dallas, TX 75235


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. Graduate students who are fulltime (as designated by your school) are also eligible for most of the internships, but please check the specific job descriptions for requirements.

Recent college graduates are eligible only for the semester immediately following graduation. (May graduates are eligible for Summer Internships; August graduates are eligible for Fall Internships; December graduates are eligible for Spring Internships.) If you have already graduated and are no longer eligible for our internships, please check for fulltime opportunities.

Here are a couple of things we look for in our candidates:
A Warrior Spirit, a Servant's Heart, and a Fun-LUVing Attitude!
Commitment to Customer Service
Excellent communication skills
Sense of humor
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

Living the Southwest Way means having a Warrior Spirit, a Servant's Heart, and a Fun-LUVing Attitude! For a college student, a Warrior Spirit means having a strong GPA, prior work experience, involvement in clubs and organizations related to your major, 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!

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