United States Department of Transportation 2018 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups

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Application Deadline: January 19, 2018.

Internship Period: June 4th – August 10th, 2018

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and skills that will complement your academic pursuits. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate tomorrow’s leaders, strengthen their understanding of the transportation industry and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

The STIPDG is a paid internship program open to all qualified candidates without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is accepting applications for the STIPDG Internship Program. Funded by the FHWA’s Office of Innovative Program Delivery’s On-the-Job Training Supportive Services Program, the objective of the STIPDG is to provide college/university students with hands-on experience and on-the-job training while working on current transportation-related topics and issues. The STIPDG is open to all qualified applicants but is designed to provide qualified women, persons with disabilities, and members of diverse groups with summer opportunities in transportation where these groups have been under-represented.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  2. Applicants must be currently enrolled in degree-granting programs of study at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (visit to verify your school and/or program of study).
  3. Undergraduate applicants must be juniors or seniors for the upcoming Fall Semester. Undergraduate applicants from Junior, Tribal, or Community Colleges must have completed their first year.
  4. Graduate applicants must be enrolled in the upcoming Fall Semester.
  5. Law applicants must be entering their second or third year of law school in the upcoming Fall Semester.
  6. Applicants who are scheduled to graduate during the Spring or Summer Semesters of this academic year are not eligible for consideration for the STIPDG unless: (1) they have been accepted for graduate school enrollment; (2) they have been accepted for enrollment at an institution of higher education; or (3) their acceptance is pending. In all instances, the applicant must submit with their completed application, all required documentation (with the school’s logo) reflecting their status. There will be no exceptions.
  7. Former STIPDG interns may apply but will not necessarily receive preferential consideration.
  8. Applicants will be evaluated based on the “completeness” of the application and the Required Documents listed below. Priority will be given to those with GPA’s of 3.0 or better (for the Major and/or Cumulative).
  9. Applicants must be available and able to participate through the duration of the 10-week program.
  10. Applicants must submit a completed application, to the webpage listed above, no later than January 19, 2018.
  11. Upon acceptance into the program, participants are required to go through a background investigation to determine suitability to work for U.S. DOT. Participants will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and a Participant Agreement.


To receive consideration and review, applicants must complete and submit all required information and documents as listed below to the online application. Refer any questions or inquiries regarding your application to the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) at (202) 238-7900 or

  1. The STIPDG Application – (; fully address the information requested.
  2. Copy of Your Transcript/Grade Record/Report – submit your most recent reflecting your Cumulative GPA. Priority will be given to Applicants with GPA’s of 3.0 or better. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but should clearly display the applicant’s first and last name, and school logo.
  3. One Reference – print the form contained within the online application, have it completed by a department chair, professor, advisor, or employer to include comments, if possible and submit it with your application.
  4. Your Resume – submit one reflecting work experience, volunteerism, awards, leadership, and extra-curricular activities; preferable supporting the type of transportation experience you are seeking.
  5. A Writing Sample – Undergraduate Students: submit a typed essay, one-page, double-spaced, minimum 12-point type, on your transportation interests, describing how your participation in the STIPDG will enhance your educational and career plans and goals.
    Graduate Students: submit a writing sample (not to exceed 2 pages) representing your educational and career plans and goals.
    Law Students: submit a legal writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages).

Application documents can also be mailed to:

STIPDG Internship Program
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
1333 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the STIPDG Internship 2018

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