Internships, YPT National Chapter (DC)

DC Internship Alert (Paid!): USDOT/Federal Transit Administration Community Planner

The Federal Transit Administration is seeking support on a broad range of activities to provide technical assistance to transit agencies, MPOs, state DOTs, and local communities to ensure safe, efficient public transportation and encourage transit-supportive land use.

Public transportation is fundamental to the health and vitality of urban, suburban, and rural communities across our country.  It provides a unique opportunity to address multiple national priorities in one place: it creates affordable connections for workers to jobs, reduces energy consumption and congestion, enables more efficient land use, and helps us protect the human and natural environment.

The FTA Office of Planning and Environment supports these efforts through its regulations and guidance, grant programs, and technical assistance activities that serve public transportation providers, transportation planning practitioners, and the community development field.

TIMEFRAME: Start date as soon as possible, end date not to exceed September 30, 2012.  No relocation paid.  Must be a currently enrolled student.  Compensation, based on experience, is likely in the GS-7 range

ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE: Development and posting of web-based educational and training materials related to transportation planning and transit-oriented development; development of materials that support linking land use and comprehensive planning with transportation project development and environmental review; Reviewing grantee reports on topics such as innovative public involvement processes; Organizing logistics and follow up for meetings, webinars, and conference sessions. The specifics will depend on the candidate’s skills and interests.


  • Interest in the inter-agency Partnership for Sustainable Community and strong interest in integrating sustainability and livability into federal programs, policies, and technical assistance work;
  • University course work in planning, or a related field and/or experience in the Federal Transit Administration, public transportation or transportation planning;
  • Knowledge of real estate development, public-private partnerships, local planning issues, public involvement preferred;
  • Knowledge of federal transportation policy; metropolitan and statewide transportation and federal-aid programs (FHWA and or FTA programs) preferred;
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work and problem-solve in a highly independent environment;
  • Ability to meet and track multiple deadlines;
  • Ability to use ArcGIS is a plus

TO APPLY: Email a short cover letter; resume, and unofficial transcript to Paula Booth at by COB on Friday, June 22.


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