The Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program gives college and post-graduate students hands-on training in public transportation careers.
Actual training programs vary with each division or agency within the N.C. Department of Transportation, 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 other 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 are also better poised to compete for jobs in the transportation field.
Participants must also complete an independent research project – or a special project – that is 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
Applicants should be graduating seniors and recent graduates at North Carolina universities and colleges who have an interest in public transportation and have a desire to work in public transportation management.
Qualified applicants must plan to graduate prior to the start of the apprenticeship.
Interested applicants must apply online through the North Carolina State Government employment website and search for
Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program.
Applicants must attach a college transcript and letter of reference to the online application. Applications without these will be considered incomplete.
Locations vary and are specified in the job posting.