Experience in a chosen field is an important thing to have when looking for a job; however, getting that initial experience in the first place can be challenging. For graduate students, the N.C. Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division's
Internship Program offers the real-world experience necessary to pursue a career in the field of public transportation. One internship is available through this year's Public Transportation Internship Program with the Polk County Transportation Authority in Columbus. The internship involves work in planning and scheduling for the system, as well as developing training materials. Applications are currently being accepted through March 8. Graduate students who are interested in public transportation and are in good standing at a college or university in North Carolina are eligible to apply.The 12-month internship starts in June, with the intern working 40 hours a week for approximately 12 weeks this summer, and approximately 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. In addition to this internship, there are also seven apprenticeships available through the Public Transportation Division Apprenticeship Program. Current college seniors are encouraged to apply through March 1. More information about the Apprenticeship Program is available here.To apply for the internship or one of the seven apprenticeships, interested applicants must complete a State of North Carolina Employment Application, as well as other required documents, which can be found on the NCDOT-PTD business partner website under the "Apprenticeships and Internships" heading.The NCDOT Public Transportation Division awards grant funds to local public transportation systems. These grants enable systems to provide people in all 100 counties access to education, job opportunities and health care.For more information on grant programs through the Public Transportation Division of NCDOT, as well as transit systems that serve the public throughout the state, visit www.ncdot.gov/nctransit.