Southern Plains Transportation Center Announces

2017 Summer Internship Program
Transportation Regional Internship Program (TRIP) 

Background: As a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC), the Southern Plains Transportation Center (SPTC) is committed to strengthening the UTC program’s legacy of invaluable contributions to transportation education and workforce development by executing a comprehensive strategy of innovative programs with a strong diversity-building component that encourages K-12 students, college students or adult learners to become transportation professionals. An important element of SPTC’s workforce development effort is the Transportation Regional Internship Program (TRIP).

Participating TRIP Sponsors

Internship Focus: The 2017 TRIP is focused on summer internships for students seeking to gain valuable professional experience through working for a transportation company or a government organization/agency over a period of ten to twelve weeks. The actual project a student works on is selected based on the student’s interest, the company/agency needs, and the SPTC goals (see http://www.sptc.org for details). Since State of Good Repair and climate-adaptive freight and transportation infrastructure are SPTC’s focus, a diverse set of topics can be covered under this regional internship program, including design, construction, testing (laboratory/field), management, compliance, safety, and training.

Stipend Level: The student stipend is generally co-funded by the company/agency and the SPTC. The level of stipend per summer ($4,000 to $7,500) depends upon the location, company/agency, and other factors.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students from any academic institution in Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are considered eligible applicants. SPTC is committed to increasing the diversity of our nation’s transportation-related workforce.  Members of Region 6 underrepresented populations – Hispanic, African-American, Native-American, and Women – are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Process: Students can submit their applications directly to companies or agencies through their Career Services. A list of companies and agencies participating in the 2017 TRIP program as well as their needs can be found at the SPTC web site (http://www.sptc.org). Potential applicants are encouraged to check the web site periodically to review the updated list. A student can also submit her/his application to the SPTC Program Coordinator (leffler@ou.edu) and she will forward it to the respective company/agency.

Application Package: The application package should include the following: (1) a cover letter; (2) a copy of your resume; (3) a copy of your transcript; (4) a list of references; (5) other pertinent materials. To apply through Career Services, students should follow their requirements. To apply through the SPTC Program Coordinator, the applicants should provide the materials listed below as a single PDF file (file name example: 2017-SPTC-Internship-Leffler):

(1) A cover letter addressed to the company or agency including a short narrative on your educational background, area of interest for the internship, and what you expect to achieve from the internship (maximum two pages).  In case of multiple positions within a company, please indicate your area of preference (see www.sptc.org for list of opportunities).

(2) A copy of your resume including your contact information (address, telephone, e-mail), work experience, references, and other relevant information.

(3) A copy of your transcript (unofficial copy acceptable).

(4) A list with contact information for at least two academic or work references qualified to comment on the applicant’s ability to successfully complete an internship.

Note: A student can apply to multiple companies/agencies by submitting one application for each company/agency.

Deadline: SPTC will start receiving applications on Monday, March 27, 2017.

Important Note: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, or otherwise legally qualified to work in the United States.

More Information: For additional information, potential applicants should contact their SPTC Associate Director (for consortium member institutions) or contact SPTC Program Coordinator (cerry@ou.edu), for other institutions in Region 6.

Reporting Requirements: Each intern pursuing this program must provide the following: (a) One paragraph summary of the intern’s educational background; Two high resolution photographs of the intern: a “head shot,” and a picture showing the intern at work or a high-resolution group photograph including the intern, the supervisor, and others, if any, related to the intern’s work. One-page summary of the intern’s accomplishments in the project, highlighting the relevance of the work to the transportation industry. With intern’s consent, this narrative may be used in a press release, newsletter and p

2017 Summer Internship Program Announcement (Word)

Participating Universities

  • Langston University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • OSU - CLGT
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Texas at El Paso

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