Summer Internship Program

photo of three Port Authority trainees under the George Washington Bridge

About the Program

The Port Authority's Summer Internship Program offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to work side by side with knowledgeable and experienced experts in their field. As an intern with the Port Authority, you will be challenged by hands-on work assignments related to your major, and through your work you will develop skills that will help you in almost any career, such as how to write effectively and how to work well as part of a team. During your 10- to 12-week summer experience, you will have a variety of opportunities to interact with senior management, as well as with other interns, to broaden your understanding of agency operations. Additionally, Port Authority interns receive an hourly compensation that is based on their field of study and level of education. Interns with outstanding performance have moved into full-time positions with our Engineering/Architecture Trainee, Leadership Fellows or Accountant Trainee programs upon graduation.

Internship Description

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey conceives, builds, operates, and maintains America's busiest airports, bridges and tunnels, marine terminals, bus terminals, and the PATH interstate rapid-transit system. The diversity of our businesses creates a variety of opportunities for students to gain exposure to the work of a first-class public agency.

Our Summer Internship Program offers the following management, engineering and architecture internship opportunities for students:

Management Internships - typically available within the following departments:

  • Audit
  • Aviation
  • Capital Programs
  • Comptroller's
  • Environmental Policy
  • Govt. & Community Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Management & Budget
  • Marketing
  • Media Relations
  • Operations Services
  • PATH
  • Planning
  • Port Commerce
  • Public Safety
  • Procurement
  • Real Estate
  • Technology Services
  • Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals
  • World Trade Center Redevelopment

Port Authority management interns have supported their departments with critical projects such as analyzing regional demand data for our airports, conducting job analysis and interview assessments, reviewing and analyzing our annual budget, working on sustainability initiatives, designing marketing communications, and developing operations plans for retail development.

Engineering and Architecture Internships are available for students in the following disciplines:

  • Architecture
  • Civil
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Materials Management
  • Mechanical
  • Structural
  • Traffic

Interns will assist experienced engineers with planning, design, construction management and supervision, materials testing and inspection, and information technology management for projects at various Port Authority facilities. Assignments are project-driven and task-oriented; your work will directly contribute to the Engineering Department's commitment to excellence in engineering and architecture by delivering timely, cost-effective services.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Port Authority seeks interns who are talented and driven and who have a genuine interest in contributing to the success of the New York/New Jersey region. We welcome applications from current graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of majors such as accounting, architecture, aviation management, business administration, computer science, construction management, economics, engineering, finance, human resources, industrial engineering, law/criminal justice, marketing, public administration, materials management, public and government affairs, and urban studies/planning. Successful candidates will be self-starters with excellent communication, research and applicable technical skills.

The Selection Process

The selection process for the Summer Internship Program is typically a two-part process. The first-round interview is conducted by the hiring department, and the second-round interview is with the Human Resources Department. First-round interviews will begin in late February and the process will continue until offers are made to selected candidates in mid-April.

Join us!

The application period for the 2014 Management and Engineering & Architecture Summer Internship Programs will open on December 16, 2013 and close on February 3, 2014. A resume and brief statement of interest will be required for all applicants.

All applications must be submitted via our on-line application system. Please apply to the internship program in which you are interested in by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Management Summer Internship Program

Engineering & Architecture Summer Internship Program

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