DC Area Fellowship Alert: Northern Virginia Transportation Commission

Transit Fellowship with the NVTC

Want a chance to work on transit issues in one of the most innovative and dynamic multimodal regions in the country?

The NVTC is accepting applications for its first group of Transit Fellows. This fellowship is designed to provide a professional development opportunity for mid-career transportation specialists as well as college graduates and graduate students. Successful applicants will gain in-depth knowledge of transit policy, planning and funding issues as well as an understanding of the policymaking process through conducting research under the guidance of NVTC staff, collaborating with transportation experts on publications, and assisting in the execution of programs conducted by NVTC. Transit Fellows will work on specific projects which could include:

• Conducting policy and legislative research
• Compiling and reviewing current planning efforts in the region as they relate to transitways and efficient use of existing transportation infrastructure to support high capacity transit
• Writing NVTC case studies or profiles on the economic benefits of transit to business
• Use census and geographic data to research the effectiveness of transit, provide perspective and analyze transit ridership data (including, but not limited to WMATA and VRE)
• Working with NVTC to plan and present events relating to the economic benefits of transit
• Developing infographics and other graphical representations of data related to transit usage and economic benefits of transit
• Developing a web-based tool that visually demonstrates the concentration of jobs around transit nodes in Northern Virginia


Minimum and Preferred Qualifications of a Successful Candidate for the Internship:
• College graduates, graduate students or mid-career professionals;
• Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning, public administration, economics, policy or related area;
• Demonstrated interest in public transportation or transportation planning and policy development;
• Strong writing and analytical skills; and
• Ability to work in a small office/team oriented environment.


Duration of the appointment is variable with a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 6 months with an option of extension. Start and end dates can be flexible as can schedules. Priority will be given to applicants who can begin their fellowship quickly. We anticipate appointing as many as three transit fellows to complete projects no later than September 1.

Who Should Apply

Fellowships are awarded to professionals with a strong understanding of transportation policy. Graduate students and mid-career professionals are encouraged to apply.

The fellow will receive compensation consistent with compensation guidelines of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation and will be eligible for transit benefits.

To Apply
Send cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Kelley Coyner at transitfellows@nvtdc.org. The cover letter should state availability and describe the applicant’s objectives in pursuing the fellowship. Please highlight particular skills, knowledge, or interests as it relates to the project examples listed above.

Applications can also be mailed to: Kelley Coyner
Transit Fellowship Program
2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 620
Arlington, VA 22201

Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected.

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