# What can I be allowed to do as a engineering/ maintenance intern at a european airline?

I am just about to (hopefully) embark on a short internship at the maintenance department of a medium-sized european airline (i.e. under EASA framework).

While the internship has been pushed towards being practical, one thing that bothers me is that I am absolutely clueless what I could be allowed to do (and I'd like to know so I could negotiate to get the most of the time with the carrier).

For instance:

• Would I be allowed to handle anything flight-wise with supervision? Could I be allowed to interact with the aircraft or only watch and observe?
• Would I be allowed to even loosen a bolt on a wheel, or do you legally need maintenance certification for that?
• It would probably be helpful to specify what sort of engineering (i.e. are you a mechanical engineer, electrical, software, aerospace, etc.?) Sep 29 '15 at 21:01
• @reirab aerospace engineer; pretty inexperienced (BSc student). Sep 29 '15 at 21:04
• Sounds like a great opportunity for you, and sounds like a great question to ask those who are about to hire you for the position. I'd like to help you the most while learning the most for me, what will I be allowed to do and what will I be expected to do? seems like a good interview question. Sep 30 '15 at 13:21
• Maybe @Thunderstrike could follow up with a description of the kinds of task she was allowed to perform? Jan 16 '19 at 17:44