Special Opportunities

Cooperative Education/Internship

The Cooperative Education/Internship Program offers qualified undergraduate students an opportunity to gain valuable practical work experience, explore career options, develop contacts in the industry, and earn college credit. Requirements and benefits vary by degree program and by employer. Students should discuss their co-op/internship plans with their academic advisor, Career Services program manager, when applicable, the co-op/internship faculty advisor in their degree program. One upper-level open elective credit hour is awarded for every 100 clock hours of work completed, up to a maximum of six credit hours in one semester. Additional information, including eligibility requirements and current openings, is available from Career Services and on the Career Services website, DB Career Services Team Site in ERNIE, and in Handshake. Students who register for an official University co-op/internship to earn academic credit will be charged tuition for one credit hour.

Those students planning to participate in the Cooperative Education/Internship Program during the summer have the opportunity to apply for some financial help through the Co-op Assistance Award Program. Information will be emailed to students during the spring semester regarding deadlines, eligibility and application requirements.

Guidelines for co-op/internship:

  • Complete a mandatory advising session with a Career Services Program Manager and sign a Student Agreement.
  • Complete 30 college or university credit hours prior to registering for the experience through Career Services. Transfer students must have completed a total of 30 college or university credits, including 12 credit hours at ERAU.
  • Earn and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 for all ERAU course work, be degree-seeking, and be in good academic standing to register for academic credit.
  • Enrollment in ERAU courses within the past year.
  • 12 co-op/intern credit hours may be applied toward the degree program.  Department Chair or designee approval needed to apply co-op/internship hours toward specified or technical elective degree requirements.
  • On-campus experiences, virtual positions, independent research activity and special projects are not considered for co-op/intern credits.
  • International students must verify their eligibility to work in the U.S. with International Student Services BEFORE accepting a co-op or internship, and may not register for a co-op or internship after having completed their educational requirements, according to the regulations of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.. A co-op or  internship must be required in the curriculum or fulfill a required elective.

Embry-Riddle Language Institute (ERLI)

The Embry-Riddle Language Institute is an intensive English program providing English language instruction and cultural orientation to non-native speakers of English with 6 starting points per year (2 in spring; 2 in summer; and 2 in fall).  ERLI also offers special short-term programs for students who need English for specific purposes. If you desire to become more proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the English language for personal or professional reasons, or need to meet Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s language proficiency requirement, this intensive English program is for you.  Students can be granted full admission to the University pending completion of the program and/or a passing TOEFL or IELTS score, assuming they meet all other University admission requirements. ERLI students enjoy the benefits of full ERAU student status.  Other benefits of our program include field trips and social events, full access to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University facilities, and special topics courses such as Aviation Topics and Academic Topics. Concurrent enrollment in ERLI and the University is also available for eligible students. 

For more information, please contact:

Embry-Riddle Language Institute
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900
Phone:  (386) 226-7614
Email:  erli@erau.edu
Website:  http://db.erau.edu/erli

Study Abroad/Office of Global Engagement Programs 

The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) is proud to offer all our students unique and award winning academic study abroad programs, as well as, research and volunteer programs abroad.  Embry-Riddle recognizes the unquestionable benefits of international exposure in today’s increasing globalization. Embry-Riddle offers its students a wealth of opportunities to study abroad in over 50 destinations spanning five continents. Whether it’s as short as a week or a one-month summer adventure or a semester/year-long program, these programs provide students with experiences that will greatly enhance not only their academic and professional lives but also their personal lives.

Students in good academic standing from ALL degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate, from any of our campuses have the opportunity to take courses through our partner universities that will be directly applicable to and count toward their degree programs at Embry-Riddle. These exchanges may be semester or year-long and most exchange programs are available in English. Additionally, there are programs taught in the language of the host country. Qualified exchange program participants may also have the opportunity to be placed in internships with companies or research labs abroad.

Our innovative and, in many cases, one-of-a-kind summer programs are taught in English by ERAU professors and host professors throughout the world. Our summer programs are designed to enhance student learning in unique and dynamic ways through academics, experiential (hands-on) opportunities and visits to businesses and organizations only open to our students because of ERAU collaborations and partnerships. Embry-Riddle offers a variety of two to four week summer programs at half-price tuition. This reduced tuition serves as an additional incentive for students to explore other countries, cultures, languages, foods, and experiences while advancing their education and enhancing future career competitiveness. Living expenses in many of our destinations can be substantially lower than in the United States, allowing students to save even more.

Spring and winter breaks bring even more opportunities to globalize. The Office of Global Engagement, in collaboration with various colleges and offices on campus, often offers academic and volunteer abroad programs during these breaks. 

Our newest initiative, Domestic Away, offers specific opportunities to students through college departments who have identified a domestic program, organization or location that will provide long term benefits for their students. The Domestic Away programs will focus on a specific aspect to help enhance student learning by taking them to a learning location stateside.

For information on financial aid for our global programs, please contact ERNIE Central.

Please visit our website here for more information or to contact us.

INCREASE YOUR EMPLOYMENT POTENTIAL, be an ERAU Eagle Abroad! Take the road less traveled and let your journey begin! #GoGlobal

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

This program is named in honor of the African-American mission specialist, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, who died in the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle disaster, and is funded by a U.S. Department of Education TRiO grant. This prestigious program offers academic enrichment opportunities and other support services to eligible underrepresented and low income/first generation undergraduate students who are interested in exploring graduate degree opportunities, which may lead to a Ph.D. Among its many attributes, the program provides mentoring, academic and career counseling, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) preparation, a research methodology and statistics workshop, funded research opportunities, and cultural/social activities. Acceptance into the program is selective and is based on a special application process. Eligible transfer students are also welcome to apply. For more information, contact:

McNair Scholars Program
(386) 226-6149

Strategic Languages: Russian and Arabic

Students on the Daytona Beach campus can enroll in up to four semesters of two strategic languages, Russian and Arabic. As a result of a consortium partnership with Stetson University, Stetson faculty deliver Russian language classes to ERAU and Stetson students. Stetson students receive face-to-face instruction, and ERAU students simultaneously participate via a telepresence classroom on the DB campus. To enhance the learning environment, a native Russian speaker serves as a teaching assistant in the telepresence classroom, and the Stetson instructor travels to the ERAU campus once a week to conduct a face-to-face laboratory tutorials. An ERAU faculty member delivers Arabic language classes using the same strategies, except in reverse. ERAU students receive face-to face instruction, and Stetson students simultaneously participate via a telepresence classroom on the Stetson campus. The same enhancements of a native Arabic speaker and weekly laboratory hours are in place at Stetson. ERAU student can elect a minor in Arabic Studies, comprising a minimum of three language classes and two upper-level courses in Arabic culture and/or history.

ERAU students who are interested in enrolling in strategic languages can gather more information about the courses by contacting:

Humanities and Communication Department
Dr. Donna Barbie or Dr. Emad Hamdeh
(386) 226-6668

Aviation Maintenance Science

Airframe and Powerplant Technician


The maintenance technical track courses, which are part of the Baccalaureate and Associate of Science in Aviation Maintenance Science (AMS) degree programs, as well as a minor course of study, provides the student the necessary training to successfully attain the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) mechanic’s certification.  This technical track consist of a carefully selected blend of theory and practical applications that can be completed in 16 months and is only offered at the Daytona Beach Campus.

Students perform airframe repairs and the overhaul of engines and their accessories, including those used in Embry-Riddle’s pilot training fleet.  The facilities, equipment, curriculum, and instructional faculty are fully credentialed and approved under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 147. Embry-Riddle holds an Air Agency Certificate No. NX4T404M and an FAA Repair Station Certificate No. NX42404M.

Avionics Line Maintenance


The Avionics Line Maintenance minor provides the student the necessary training to successfully obtain the Federal Communication Commission’s General Radiotelephone Operator’s License as well as advanced avionics training using current industry standards and procedures.  Students learn basic wiring and electronic concepts, system installations, and advanced avionics line maintenance troubleshooting techniques.  This minor course of study is available to students in a Baccalaureate degree that have met the pre-requisite requirements.  The pre-requisite requirements are met by completing the AMS Airframe technical track or by possessing an A&P certificate.   

Sources of Information

For general academic and admissions information regarding the Aviation Maintenance Science programs:

Aviation Maintenance Science Dept.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
1 Aerospace Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 226-7617 - or - (877) 904-3746
(386) 226-6778 (fax)