The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit foundation association dedicated to promoting the full participation of minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (M/W/DBEs) in airport contracting and the inclusion of minorities and women in employment and education. We have two primary goals: to eliminate the barriers to minority and women participation in the airport industry and to capitalize on the opportunities available in this multi-billion dollar industry.
AMAC is one of the largest airport/business trade associations that effectively participates in advocacy, outreach, education and other activities on behalf of its members. Its mission is to foster and promote equal opportunity for minorities, women and disadvantaged businesses to participate in aviation-related business, contracting and employment opportunities, while supporting the mission of airports. In 1997, the AMAC Board of Directors established the Foundation not-for-profit organization, to offer charitable, literary and educational programs to benefit future aviation professionals and the general public. AMAC has four programs dedicated to advocacy, outreach, and education. These programs are the Scholarship Program, Internship Program, Mentorship Program, and Project L.I.F.T.
Airport Minority Advisory Council Scholarship Program’s goals are to develop educational programs and information designed to substantially increase the nationwide pool of future aviation professionals, particularly minorities and women, and to contribute to the public’s understanding of the aviation industry. The Foundation accomplishes its mission by offering scholarships; conducting educational forums, seminars, and research; and educating the general public on air transportation, airports, airport operations and facilities management.
Through its Scholarship Program, AMAC emphasizes education and outreach to full-time college students interested in pursuing aviation careers. In conjunction with the Annual Conference, a silent auction and a golf tournament are held to raise money for the AMAC Scholarship Fund. The generous contributions of airports, businesses, and individuals have enabled the foundation to sponsor college students to participate in the Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference and to award over $200,000 annuals in scholarships. These scholarship awards and educational programs provide unique opportunities for college students to network with aviation professionals from around the country and to learn about the aviation industry’s important role in the economic growth of our communities. As a result, they have a better understanding of the broad range of careers and business opportunities available at airports, with airlines, in the federal government, and in the private sector all associated with this exciting industry.
Airport Minority Advisory Council Internship Program offers summer internships to students lasting up to 16 weeks. The internships are held with AMAC Members such as airports, concessionaires, etc. The Internship program is an opportunity to get hands-on experience with an employer in your professional field of interest. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and are typically completed as part of college coursework. While your college or university will have specific requirements for what you should experience during the intern process, AMAC helps to establish your own personal and professional objectives for what you want to take away from the experience.
Internship Program Opportunities
AMAC Mentorship Program Is currently focused on career level professions. More individuals are actively pursuing mentoring to advance their careers. AMAC has created a Mentorship Program that is rewarding to all people involved, personally and professionally. It's an opportunity to develop communication skills, expand your viewpoints, and consider new ways of approaching situations. And both mentors and mentees, as partners, can advance their careers in the process.
Our trusted mentors can help mentees with the following:
- Gain valuable advice – Mentors can offer valuable insight into what it takes to get ahead. They can be your guide and "sounding board" for ideas, helping you decide on the best course of action in difficult situations. You may learn shortcuts that help you work more effectively and avoid "reinventing the wheel."
- Develop your knowledge and skills – They can help you identify the skills and expertise you need to succeed. They may teach you what you need to know, or advise you on where to go for the information you need.
- Improve your communication skills – Just like your mentor, you may also learn to communicate more effectively, which can further help you at work.
- Learn new perspectives – Again, you can learn new ways of thinking from your mentor, just as your mentor can learn from you.
- Build your network – Your mentor can offer an opportunity to expand your existing network of personal and professional contacts.
- Advance your career – A mentor helps you stay focused and on track in your career through advice, skills development, networking, and so on.
Project L.I.F.T. (Leaders Inspiring Future Talent) is a forum-style mentoring session held for students interested in fields related to aviation and aviation-related business. The objective of the forum is to expose students to potential careers, educational paths to success, and provide professional mentors to further the student academic development.
Call to Action
AMAC attracts supportive individuals, aviation entities, businesses, philanthropic organizations and others to join in our efforts will help AMAC create and expand educational programs and continue to promote the development of our next generation of aviation leaders, join us in our efforts now!