To earn his bachelor of science degree in aviation logistics from the University of North Texas, Carlos Nascimento must define—and write about—10 objectives pertinent to his three-month paid internship at Addison Airport. His internship started May 28, and in the first week of June he was still working on those objectives. Already exposed to innumerable aspects of airport operations and management, he’s been eagerly “drinking from a fire hose…I just love all the movement and activity on the airport that keep it working.”
As a youngster, he traveled often with his father, Joaquim, a pastor who started his service as a missionary. said Carlos. In the process, he fell “in love not only with travel but with everything that makes an airport work.” It wasn’t until “I was driving down 635 one day and saw the University of North Texas billboard announcing that its new aviation logistics program was about to take flight” that he discovered the portal to his airport passion. Now 35 years old, he’d completed many of his general education classes at Brookhaven Community College and held several long-term, full-time positions, but none of them offered the future he saw in aviation.
Itemizing the many benefits of the UNT aviation logistics program, frequent interaction with industry professionals in the DFW metroplex took several different forms. One of the first students to enroll in the program, Carlos helped form a campus chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. Addison Airport Director Joel Jenkinson is the chapter’s AAAE liaison. “That’s how I learned about the internship here,” and how it gives students practical hands-on application of everything they have learned in their classes.
“The internship at Addison Airport is highly sought after because there are so many things going on here,” said Carlos. The construction on Taxiway Alpha and the Kaboom Town festival were on the top of his list. His most surprising discovery to date is the business side of airport operations, such as real estate leases and tenant relations. “The management team here his fantastic,” he said, and they eagerly share their knowledge and answer his questions. With his eyes wide open and focused, he’s making the most of every opportunity to learn more about airport management. If all goes according the schedule, Carlos will graduate on August 10, and he’s looking for an airport position, “here if possible.”