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Occupational Safety Programs Intern Summer 2023

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We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.
Job Description:
Occupational Safety Programs Intern Summer 2023  
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Southwest Airlines promises to provide Employees with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. We entrust our Interns to make an impact on their Team in real-time projects, work toward Company initiatives, and achieve our Purpose of connecting People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel, all while having fun and developing yourself as a future professional.    
Get Ready for an Awesome Summer:   
  • Join Southwest as a Summer 2023 Intern, with a 12-week internship lasting from May 23rd to August 11th .
  • Workplace flexibility depends on the Team – we expect the Intern’s schedule of onsite/remote work to mirror that of their Team. The majority of roles will allow for occasional remote work.  
  • Dedicate 40 hours each week to your internship responsibilities and tasks.  
  • Receive hourly pay and a one-time $1,000 stipend on your first paycheck.  
  • Receive free, unlimited space available travel privileges for yourself (taxes and fees may apply on international travel)  
Team Overview 
The Safety Programs Team is responsible for the oversight and maintenance of the Company’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program, in accordance with OSHA regulations and industry best practices. Team members work with all Operating groups, from Flight Operations to Ground Operations, to create, update and maintain safety programs as regulations change, or new equipment or procedures are introduced into the operation.   

The Safety & Security Department works to foster and support a Safety and Security Culture that identifies risks to the operation and workplace, and proactively deals with these issues before they become injuries, accidents or incidents. 
The Occupational Safety Programs Intern will regularly interact with various Safety & Security teams including Environmental, Hazardous Materials, Safety Investigations, Internal Evaluation Program, Workers Compensation and Safety Communications. 
Duties & Responsibilities: 
Some of the projects and tasks that the Intern may assist with include, but are not limited to:  
  • Writing Safety programs that align with applicable regulations and standards (OSHA, NFPA, FDA etc.) 
  • Researching regulations and interpretations and applying them to the Southwest programs, policies and procedures 
  • Creating Safety and Security-related communication pieces to be distributed companywide 
  • Performing gap analyses between current programs and new or updated regulations or standards 
  • Researching and gathering information for regulatory requirements 
  • Supporting a wide variety of Safety and Security programs; including, hearing conservation, respiratory protection, fall protection, fire safety, electrical safety, chemical management, communicable disease, hot work, industrial hygiene, lockout/tagout and Hazardous Materials programs 
  • Interfacing with all other departments and working groups on various projects and issues 
  • Other projects and tasks as assigned 
Basic Qualifications: 
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent education required.   
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.  
  • You must have a valid U.S. Social Security Number to complete the full hiring process.    
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.  
  • Progressing towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a major in Occupational Safety, Safety Sciences, Aviation Safety, Human Factors, Industrial Hygiene, Emergency Response or related field required 
  • Minimum Sophomore status. May not have an undergraduate graduation date of May 2023 or prior, unless already enrolled in a full time graduate degree program at time of application.  
  • To be eligible must be currently enrolled as a full time student as defined by your university at the time of application.  
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application. 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:  
  • Related Safety experience or knowledge preferred (i.e. previous internship or work experience) 
  • Experience with or knowledge of aviation operations preferred 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint required 
  • Technical writing skills or experience preferred 
  • Participation in industry related organizations and clubs preferred 
  • Must meet confidentiality expectations as to confidential, proprietary, and sensitive company information 
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to details required 
  • Familiarity with government regulations preferred 
  • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines 
  • Ability to work well with others as part of a Team 
  • Must be able to lift and/or move items of 25 pounds and/or more on a periodic basis. 
  • Must be able to climb, bend, kneel, crawl and stoop on a periodic basis. 
  • Ability to Travel as needed. 
  Time Commitment and Pay:  
  •  Required: Full time 40hrs a week 
  • Must maintain a consistent weekly schedule during normal business hours at a max of 8hrs per day  
  • Workplace flexibility depends on the Team – we expect the Intern’s schedule of onsite/remote work to mirror that of their Team. The majority of roles will allow for occasional remote work.   
  • Program Dates: May 23rd – August 11th  
  • $22 per hour + $1,000 stipend paid one time on first paycheck 
Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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