RALEIGH — Experience in a chosen field is an important thing to have when looking for a job; however, getting that initial experience in the first place can be challenging. For graduate students, the N.C. Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division’s Internship Program offers the real-world experience necessary to pursue a career in the field of public transportation. Due to the recent winter weather, the application period has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.
The Public Transportation Internship Program gives graduate students the opportunity to work in the field of public transportation while completing their graduate degree. One internship is available through this year’s program with Chapel Hill Transit in Orange County. The internship involves assisting staff with maintaining stop, schedule and route data and using associated software. The intern will be exposed to various areas of transit planning and operations and learn transit technology management systems. Graduate students who are interested in public transportation and are in good standing at a college or university are encouraged to apply. Students with majors in Public Administration, Transportation, Geography and Transportation Planning are preferred.
The 12-month paid internship starts in June, with the intern working 40 hours a week for approximately 12 weeks this summer, and approximately 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
In addition to this internship, there are also nine apprenticeships available through the Public Transportation Division Apprenticeship Program. Current college seniors preparing to graduate are encouraged to apply through March 26.
To apply for the internship or one of the nine apprenticeships, interested applicants must complete a State of North Carolina Employment Application, as well as other required documents, which can be found on the NCDOT Public Transportation Division website under the “Apprenticeships and Internships” heading.
The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care.
For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.