Real World Experience

The Fullerton Drone Lab works with many partners to provide real world drone experience for students. Whether it’s project-based learning experiences within the various courses, an internship, or the first ever state-certified apprenticeship program for drone piloting, the Fullerton Drone Lab offers opportunities to work with actual clients in real situations. This provides greater experience for the students, which makes them more marketable to employers. 


The Fullerton Drone Lab offers the opportunity for select students to complete a state-certified drone piloting apprenticeship program.

Students may apply for the FULLY-FUNDED (tuition, books, FAA exam) program. When selected students will complete the Uncrewed Aerial Systems Certificate and obtain their FAA Part 107 certification. They will then be placed with one of our professional partners where they will complete 600 hours of paid on-the-job training with one of our partner employers.  Once complete, the state will issue a certification indicating journeyman status.

As part of the program, students my also be provided funding to purchase their first drone.

For information and to apply for the apprenticeship program contact Fullerton Drone Lab Director Jay Seidel at:


Students can gain real experience working as interns with one of our industry partners. Visual observing, assisting with flight operations, learning to troubleshoot in the field, and many other experiences can be gained during an internship. 

Students learn about current internship opportunities when they are in the program.