Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups
Turning a unique summer work experience into a career with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Help make the U.S. home to the safest, most efficient and convenient transportation system in the world. The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) internship program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and law students like you to get hands-on experience in public service while learning more about transportation challenges and advancements in the U.S.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, this program is a critical part of the agency's employee recruitment efforts. Build your network, develop skills and learn about open positions. And if you love your internship experience, consider applying at USAjobs.gov to pursue a career.
Students from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. STIPDG 2023 will be held in-person at Department of Transportation offices in Washington, D.C. and across the country. If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about this program, please contact email@example.com.
My exposure to the endless career opportunities in transportation with the Federal Highway Administration all started with STIPDG!Tracy Duval
Summer 2011 STIPDG Intern
Now Working at the Federal Highway Administration
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.
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.
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.
Housing and Living
STIPDG 2023 will be held in-person at Department of Transportation offices in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Housing for eligible students is arranged in proximity to work sites, both in Washington, D.C. and in regional locations across the United States. Housing accommodations for both graduate and undergraduate students can, and typically do, require shared-living arrangements. Every effort is made to arrange housing near essential amenities like grocery stores, public transit and medical facilities.
You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. TWC does not grant credit, but can support you administratively in documenting your work or performance if needed. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution prior to starting the program.
Dates and Deadlines
- Summer 2023 application opens: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
- Summer 2023 application deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
- Final candidate selection: February–April 2023
- Internship start date: Monday, June 5, 2023 (housing move-in on preceding weekend)
- Internship end date: Friday, August 11, 2023 (housing move-out on following weekend)
How to Apply
The 2023 application deadline has passed. If you are eligible to participate in STIPDG in Summer 2024, we welcome your application once the portal re-opens this fall. Please fill out TWC’s Federal Program Interest Form and indicate “Department of Transportation (STIPDG)” as your Primary Program of Interest to be notified when the Summer 2024 application opens.
If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I'm a senior and will graduate in the Spring. Can I still participate?
You may participate only if you've applied to graduate school for the upcoming Fall Semester and can provide proof of enrollment (not just proof of application) if you receive a STIPDG offer.
What are the admission requirements for Law Students?
Law students must be entering their second or third year of law school in the Fall Semester following the summer of the program.
I have been a STIPDG intern before. Am I eligible to participate again?
Yes, you may apply again so long as you still meet the eligibility requirements. Please note that previous participation does not mean you'll get preferential treatment in the selection process.
If selected, when will I be notified?
Selections will begin in late February. All applicants will be notified of their status in writing via email no later than May 1st. If you are selected to participate, you'll have a set number of business days to reply by e-mail to the offer before the offer is extended to other qualified applicants.
How is my internship placement determined?
Assignment is based on numerous factors, the most important being the applicant's major, preference for a particular U.S. DOT Operating Administration and interest area and geographic preference, to an extent. STIPDG program officials and mentors attempt to match these preferences with available assignments based upon further consideration of the applicant's skills, background (like courses taken in a particular area of study), and interests. Submitting complete, accurate and detailed Application Documents will ensure the review and rating of your application.
May I choose to secure my own housing and have the STIPDG program reimburse me for my housing costs?
You may secure your own housing. However, you will not be reimbursed nor provided a housing allowance by TWC, U.S. DOT, FHWA, or sponsoring offices.
Is transportation provided to my assignment location?
If you live more than 50 miles (one-way) from your assigned location, we'll provide you with transportation from your home to the assignment location the weekend prior to the start of the program. Should you choose to drive to your assignment location, we'll reimburse travel costs for your privately-owned vehicle.
Daily commuting expenses will be your responsibility. Public transportation is the preferred method of daily commuting. We will always consider easy access to public transportation prior to assigning your housing accommodations.