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Internships & Career Development

Student Internship Opportunities

Intern at Fehr & Peers

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Fehr & Peers interns take on similar tasks and responsibilities as a full-time entry-level staff. Internships are available in all of our offices for the semester, summer, or year. Interns must be at a junior or senior-level pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in transportation, civil or electrical engineering; urban and regional planning; or related major. Coursework and/or extracurricular activities in transportation are highly desirable.

Intern at Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

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Internships at MTC provide students with the opportunity to gain professional work experience in transportation planning, finance and operational projects. Internships are all located in Oakland, California, and are generally full-time from June through September (if available, Internships may be extended on a part-time basis through December). The internship may be in the following sections: Legislation and Public Affairs, Planning, Programming and Allocations, Traveler Coordination and Information, Highway and Arterial Operations, and Bridge Oversight and Operations.

To qualify for an MTC internship, students must be enrolled at least part-time in a four-year undergraduate or graduate level curriculum. Individuals who have already graduated may be considered up to six (6) months post-graduation. MTC prefers students in the fields of: Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, City and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Studies, and Public Finance. Other closely related fields will be considered.

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Each year MTC sponsors a High School Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to introduce high school students (in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade) to career opportunities in the field of transportation, to show them how public transportation agencies play an overall part in the community, county, and regional transportation operations, and to provide MTC’s transportation partners (such as traffic engineers at city and county public works departments or planners at transit agencies) with assistance. The program was conceived of by MTC’s Minority Citizens Advisory Committee to encourage young people who might not otherwise consider a career in transportation to do so. Students of all races and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Intern at Caltrans

College Students Click here for student assistant openings!

If you are attending an accredited school, the California Department of Transportation can offer you a challenging and rewarding paid job. This job will enhance your skills, provide career development and provide an opportunity to preview our Department for permanent employment after you graduate from college.

Student Assistants are assigned work in various areas such as Project Development, Construction, Planning, Programming, Right of Way, Maintenance, New Technology and Research, Human Resources, Accounting, Equipment Services, and Legal.

Student Assistants have an opportunity to work with Caltrans staff in any of our 12 District Offices located in Eureka, Redding, Marysville, Oakland, Stockton, Fresno, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Bishop, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Diego, and Caltrans’ Headquarters located in Sacramento.

For more information, contact Student Assistant Program.

CTF Supports Transportation Career Development

The California Transportation Foundation is pleased to support transportation career development.  Since it’s founding in 1988, the CTF Career Development Program has supported career days, technical scholastic competitions, mentoring opportunities and conference attendance.  CTF also supports programs which encourage K – 12 students to develop interests in technical subjects that will lead them into transportation-related careers and also college undergraduates to achieve degrees that equip them for professional transportation-related positions.


Career Days

CTF has responded to requests to help fund co-sponsoring group participation in Career Days. Often, a Caltrans organizational unit adopts a school in order to encourage student interest in technical transportation careers.  CTF helps to fund the activity.

Career Days

Academic Competitions

CTF recently supported Middle School participation in the USDOT’s Transportation Futures Program.


Mentoring Programs

The Foundation’s premier Mentoring Program is its annual Transportation Education Symposium. CTF also supports the Student Engineering Mentoring Program sponsored by Caltrans Division of Engineering Services.


Conference Travel per diem Grant Program

CTF has established a Conference Travel per diem Grant Program to help California transportation agency employees achieve enhanced levels of participation in national organizations. The intent is to support junior level people, with their organization’s approval, who are committee members or who have been asked to present transportation papers at annual meetings and special conferences. The Foundation will underwrite up to 50% of reasonable travel expenses.

To download the Career Development Funding Request Form click here.


If an organization wishes to participate in a Career Development activity please contact Marnie Primmer, Interim Executive Director, CTF at 916-489-1629 or