The N.C. Department of Transportation's Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program gives college and post-graduate students hands-on training in public transportation careers.
Training programs vary with each division or agency within NCDOT, but in a typical fixed-route transit setting apprentices might:
- Spend time observing the general manager and the governing or advisory board as they carry out management and policy duties
- Participate in duties such as fleet maintenance and supervision, safety program development and implementation, driver supervision and dispatching, or information dissemination
With exposure to all aspects of a transit system and experience in managing public transportations, participants become equipped to compete for jobs in the transportation field.
Participants complete an independent research project – or a special project – based on the agency's needs and the apprentice's abilities. Past projects have included evaluating system routes and schedules, studying locations for a potential transit corridor, and developing staff training modules.
Who Should Apply
Graduating seniors and recent graduates of North Carolina universities and colleges who have a desire to work in public transportation management.
Qualified applicants must plan to graduate prior to the start of the apprenticeship.
Apply online by going to the North Carolina State Government employment website and searching for
Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program. A college transcript and letter of reference is required. Applications without these will be considered incomplete.
Locations vary and are specified in the job posting.