The Washington Center 2023 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

Deadline: 31 December 2022.

The Washington Center 2023 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) is your unique opportunity to get hands-on public service experience while discovering challenges and innovation in U.S. transportation infrastructure. Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate or law school student, you will help make the U.S. home to the safest, most efficient and most convenient transportation system in the world.

This program is a critical part of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) efforts to increase diverse representation in its workforce. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Through an internship at DOT, you will build your professional network, develop vital skills and learn about exciting opportunities.

STIPDG seeks undergraduate, graduate, and law students for a fulfilling 10-week summer internship. You’ll get a chance to build your network, develop new skills, and learn about open positions at DOT. This program is a critical part of DOT efforts to increase diverse representation in its workforce. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Components

During this 10-week program, you will intern five days per week at the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the exception of some optional program opportunities such as field trips throughout the summer. Your internship placement may be at the Washington, D.C. DOT headquarters, or in one of several regional locations across the United States. Daily tasks will vary depending on your background, your skills and the office in which you’re working. STIPDG internship work is substantive and may include projects in data analysis, data management, research, article and report writing, presentation preparation and delivery, policy analysis and stakeholder outreach. Each intern is supervised and supported by a DOT mentor, and professional development workshops are provided by DOT and The Washington Center.

The Washington Center STIPDG staff will walk participants through the Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) 2023 application process, with a focus on eligibility and getting your required application documents polished and ready to submit. Get tips on topics like writing an informative resume, crafting a pertinent writing sample, lining up a Letter of Recommendation, and defining your sub-agency preferences. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask general or specific questions about applying.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be U.S. Citizen (dual-citizens are also eligible)
  • Be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program of study at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (visit ed.gov/accreditation to verify your school and/or program of study), 3.0 GPA or higher desired.
  • Be a junior or senior for the upcoming fall semester if you are an undergraduate student. Undergraduate applicants from Junior, Tribal, or Community Colleges must have completed their first year.
  • Be enrolled in the upcoming fall semester if you are a graduate student.
  • Law applicants must be entering their second or third year of law school in the upcoming Fall Semester.
  • 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. There will be no exceptions.
  • Former STIPDG interns may apply but will not necessarily receive preferential consideration.
  • If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to go through a background investigation to determine suitability to work for U.S. DOT. You will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and a Participant Agreement.

Program Benefits

Compensation includes a $4,000 stipend for undergraduate students, or a $5,000 stipend for graduate and law school students. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program and, only if held in-person, fully-furnished housing (if needed) and roundtrip travel to your assignment location (if your permanent residence is more than 50 miles away). You will be responsible for living expenses and local transportation.

Application Documents – The Washington Center 2023 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

You need to submit the following documents along with your application:

  • Official Transcript/Grade Report/Report: Submit your most recent reflecting your cumulative GPA. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but should clearly display your first name, last name and school logo.
  • Letter of Recommendation: This should be a substantive letter in support of your academic or professional qualifications from a department chair, professor, advisor, mentor or employer. It should not come from a family member or friend. You must enter the recommender’s email address directly into the online application so they can submit their letter directly to TWC; please ensure you have their up-to-date email address. Please inform your recommender that their letter must be received no later than the application deadline for your application to be considered. TWC cannot accept Letters of Recommendation that are submitted by applicants.
  • Resumé: Submit a resumé reflecting work experience, volunteerism, awards, leadership and extra-curricular activities; if possible, highlight the type of transportation experience you are seeking.
  • Writing Sample
    • Undergraduate Students: Submit an essay (one-page, double-spaced, minimum 12-point font) focused on your transportation interests and how participation in STIPDG will enhance your educational and career plans and goals. Do not submit an essay written for a class or on another topic.
    • Graduate Students: Submit an essay (two-pages maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font) focused on your transportation interests and how participation in STIPDG will enhance your educational and career plans and goals. Do not submit an essay written for a class or on another topic.
    • Law Students: Submit a legal writing sample (five-pages maximum). Please choose an excerpt of a longer piece if you do not already have a short legal writing sample.

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