It is an exciting time to be a public health student with interest in transportation due to the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). This new transportation authorization was a transformational change to how transportation needs are to be addressed in this country, including strong emphasis on addressing issues relating to equity and environmental impact of transportation systems. It created several new grant programs, including ones that go straight to communities to address transportation safety programs and another to address historical inequities caused by transportation projects  (just to name a couple).

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.