Airport looking for college students to serve as greeters

September 12, 2009

Indianapolis International Airport is looking for a new class of “airport ambassadors,” those helpful volunteers in the red vests who help passengers and visitors get their bearings.

In the past, many of the ambassadors have been retirees, who have the time for the minimum of one, four-hour weekly shift. Now, the Indianapolis Airport Authority is also seeking students in tourism/travel/hospitality programs, such as those at IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community College, and wants to provide them internship opportunities as airport ambassadors.

New terminal and now new twist on airport’s “ambassadors” program. (IBJ file photo)

Though positions are unpaid, there are perks, including free year-round parking at the airport and the chance for gift certificates from high-flying joints such as the Skyline Club and Shula’s Steak House.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Bilingual skills are “strongly desired” but not mandatory, said the authority.

The airport’s human resources department is taking applications, and the first training session and luncheon for ambassadors will occur toward the end of September.



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