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John A. Volpe Transportation Internship


This is a developmental internship program where the intern works side-by-side with leaders and experts in the field of transportation on both technical and policy projects.
The internship is for up to two years.

Program Features

The program offers:

  • One-year tuition assistance of up to $10,000 (depending upon the course curriculum). There is a provision for continuing students to be considered to receive a second year of tuition assistance.
  • A service agreement is required to receive the tuition assistance. This service agreement would require the recipient to return to work at the Volpe Center following the academic period during which they received the tuition assistance.
  • Competitive salary commensurate with level of education and previous professional experience as determined by the Federal General Schedule Qualification Standards.
  • A required combination of Volpe Center work and academic study.
  • Benefits that include a stable retirement plan, employer matching (up to 5% of total salary) of employee contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) [Federal Government's version of a 401(k) plan], choice among a dozen different health benefit plans [both HMO and traditional (fee-for-service)], a flexible work schedule that provides flexible daily starting times, and a comprehensive leave program [generous annual leave (vacation time), sick leave, compensatory time & Credit Hours, etc.]
  • Potential for an offer of permanent employment upon graduation.
  • The intern is supervised by a senior Volpe Center manager. Project assignments are chosen based on the intern's background and career interests and the Center's staffing needs. Assignments relate to one or more of the U.S. DOT's strategic transportation goals:
    • Safety
    • Reduced Congestion
    • Environmental Stewardship
    • Global Connectivity
    • Security
    • Preparedness and Response
    • Organizational Excellence


The internship is open to all students who:

  • Are in, or been accepted into, an accredited graduate level program for the 2009 – 2010 academic year in the engineering, scientific, or social sciences disciplines,
  • Are United States citizens; AND
  • Have an interest in contributing to the future of transportation.

For information contact: Eric Falzone at Eric.Falzone@dot.gov or call (617) 494-2418

NOTE: All candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2012