Gulfstream representatives spent an hour with Hull students on Apr. 20 for the final Business Connection of the semester, spending the time touting its internship and co-op work programs.
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. invented the first purpose-built business aircraft, which first flew in 1958. Today, more than 2,900 aircraft are in service around the world. Headquartered in Savannah, the company is a subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Generally, internships with the company are for the summer, but there are openings in the spring and fall.
“Co-op positions are what we like to push at Gulfstream. It is like an internship, but you have multiple rotations,” said Amanda Donahue, Master Production Schedule Analyst. “You will work in different parts of the business. You might do a rotation through planning, a rotation through materials, you might work with the freight team on the freight budget.”
Donahue said students that complete the rotations will know before their last semester of college whether they have a full-time job offer, returning to work for Gulfstream after graduation.
Rachel Yarbrough, a buyer for the company, was a college co-op employee for two years and then received a full-time job after graduating from Georgia Southern University. She said because of the nature of co-ops involving employment stints over a few semesters, the company seeks out freshman and sophomore students so they have time to complete it.
Yarbrough said Gulfstream is beginning its relationship with the Hull College in order have students from Augusta University take advantage of the internship and co-op programs.
The Business Connection Series was born from innovation during the pandemic’s lockdown, when the college’s Business Showcase Series had to be presented virtually. When the Showcase series returned to in-person events, the College added virtual business interactions as the Connection Series, which has advantages such as inviting guests who do not have to commute to Augusta and not limiting the number of student attendees due to room capacity.