RALEIGH - 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 current college seniors and graduate students, the N.C. Department of Transportation Public Transportation Division's Apprenticeship and Internship programs offer the real-world experience necessary to pursue a career in the field of public transportation. Due to recent winter weather, the application period has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.
The Public Transportation Internship Program gives graduate students the opportunity to work in the field of public transportation while completing their graduate degree. One internship is available through this year's program with Chapel Hill Transit in Orange County. More information on the 12-month paid internship can be found here.
The Public Transportation Apprenticeship Program gives current college seniors the opportunity to work in the field of public transportation management upon receiving their undergraduate degree. A total of nine apprenticeships are available in Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Fayetteville, the Triangle and Wilmington. More information on the 12-month paid apprenticeships can be found here.
To apply for the internship or one of the nine 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 Public Transportation Division 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.