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
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
CEC Infrastructure Solutions
KSA Engineers, Inc.
Poe & Associates, Inc.
S. E. Huey Company
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.
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 (email@example.com), 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
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