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The JetBlue University Gateway Program Partnering with Cape Air

The University Gateway Program is designed to provide a planned pathway with structured education, training and experience that will enhance the skills of young aviators – all with the goal of becoming successful first officers for JetBlue.   The program provides undergraduate pilots the opportunity to work as interns at Cape Air or JetBlue. Upon graduation, they gain valuable experience as university flight instructors. After completing that commitment, they join Cape Air as captains.  This program is a unique career pathway giving students the opportunity to obtain the skills and experience necessary to eventually become a pilot for JetBlue.

View the the Careers in Aviation video posted by ISTAT featuring JetBlue First Officer Shanti Merriman. Shanti was one of the first graduates of the Cape Air-JetBlue University Gateway Program.

There are a number of steps that a student must complete in order to be eligible for a final interview at JetBlue.

These steps include:

  • Interview with Cape Air and JetBlue as an undergraduate at our Partner Universities
  • An industry internship
  • Graduate from an AABI accredited program
  • Flight instruction at the University
  • Flying as a Captain at Cape Air for approximately 2-3 years

We currently partner with the following Universities for the Gateway Program:

  • Bridgewater State University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona and Prescott Campus
  • University of North Dakota
  • Jacksonville University
  • Auburn University
  • Inter-American University

For more information, email [email protected] or look for us on campus, or visit your career services coordinator for more information. Or, check out JetBlue's site,, for further detail on the Gateway program.

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Cape Cod & the Islands

Cape Cod was where it all started for Cape Air, and we still have our roots planted in Hyannis with our corporate headquarters. We're proud to serve the beautiful Cape & Islands year-round.


Our wings cover the best of the Northeast, with daily, year-round flights from our hub in Boston to VT, NH, ME and NY.


Our hub at St. Louis serves Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.


If time is money, save both. Our fast flights across Eastern Montana from our hub in Billings will get you to your destination in a fraction of the time it takes to drive. Later Lonesome Road!


With up to 100 flights a day in Puerto Rico, the USVI and the BVI, you have the flexibility to fly when you want to, and easily connect with major carriers.


Our "first flight of the day" is always from our hub in Guam. Operating as United Express, we serve the islands of Guam, Rota and Saipan. To book Micronesia flights, visit

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