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Internship Program

Internship Program

The internship experience at CTA

We're proud to offer internships to high-performing undergraduate and graduate students. CTA internships allow students to gain hands-on, real-world experience at the nation's second largest public transportation system. Interns will gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to excel in today’s demanding workplace.

Interns work on a wide range of projects and special assignments based on the needs and goals of their department. Interns are paid anywhere from $11 to $16 per hour, depending on their education level. Interns can work up to 20 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during summer and school breaks.

While we have many general administration internships, we're placing particular emphasis on interns who have—or would like to gain—technical skills in logistics, transportation, engineering, technology management, planning and scheduling, and purchasing.

Why CTA?

You might be thinking, "What opportunities does CTA have for students with my degree and credentials?"

You may be surprised to learn that we don't just hire Urban Planning and Engineering majors. In fact, we hire students in good academic standing with a variety of degrees that you may not have expected.

Here's a list of the types of majors for which we have opportunities—there may be an internship for you at CTA:

  • Engineering (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, construction)
  • Technology management
  • Information technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Strategic planning
  • Scheduling & service planning
  • Safety and emergency preparedness
  • Human resources
  • Employee relations, purchasing & supply chain
  • Public affairs/media relations
  • Budget and accounting

      

Who we are

We operate the nation's second largest public transportation system and covers the City of Chicago and 35 surrounding suburbs.

On an average weekday, approximately 1.7 million rides are taken on the CTA.

Our mission? We deliver quality, affordable transit services that link people, jobs and communities

Our Values
We will accomplish our mission with a diverse workforce that is:

  • Courteous - We will create a pleasant environment for ourselves and our customers.
  • Innovative - We will seek out and encourage employees who initiate change, improvement, learning and advancement of our goals.
  • Motivated - We will meet each task with spirit, enthusiasm and a sense of pride to be second to none.
  • Professional - We will provide transit service with the highest standards of quality and safety for our customers and ourselves.
  • Reliable - We will be dependable for our customers and fellow employees, and will maintain the highest standards of trust.
  • Results-Oriented - We will focus on getting the job done and will derive personal satisfaction from the service we provide.

 

Our Commitments
We will accomplish our mission by:

  • Setting clear goals, standards and priorities.
  • Communicating openly with customers and employees.
  • Helping all of our employees develop to their fullest potential through enhanced training and education.
  • Being accountable to fellow employees and customers.
  • Supporting employees so that they can serve customers.
  • Engaging employees in decisions that affect them and their work and creating a stronger sense of ownership among our employees.
     

Learn more on our Facts at a Glance page.

Eligibility requirements

College Undergraduate & Graduate Students:

  • Enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 6 credit hours for graduate-level) in a degree program at an accredited college or university 
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Possess the skills and minimum requirements outlined in the nature of the project, primary responsibilities, and level of educational requirements

 

How to apply

Qualified candidates for the Undergraduate/Graduate Internship Program are encouraged to apply by:

  1. Submit a copy of the following supporting documentation to internship@transitchicago.com, indicating the internship of interest in the subject field:
    1. Resume
    2. Cover letter expressing specific department/program interests
    3. Current official or unofficial school transcript and school schedule
       
  2. Or, mail your documents to:

    Arkeelaus Sherman 
    Coordinator, Training Programs & Quality Assurance
    Learning & Support Unit, 4th Floor
    Chicago Transit Authority
    567 W. Lake Street
    Chicago, IL 60661
     

 

Questions?

Send us an e-mail at internship@transitchicago.com if you have any questions!
 

 

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Did you know?


Our buses and trains log more miles on a typical weekday than distance from the earth to the moon: A combined 376,612 miles. (The moon is about 250,000 miles away.)

We've been running trains since 1892 when the South Side 'L' opened (now part of the Green Line).

In 1947, CTA acquired and took on operation of the 'L', Chicago's buses and the streetcar lines of the day.

The first transit in Chicago was a horsecar line that began service in 1859--that line never really stopped running though. It evolved, over the years, into the #29 State, which uses modern low-emission diesel buses.

The name 'L' comes from "elevated train," but our 224-miles of railroad tracks run over elevated lines, through four distinct subways, down expressway medians and even at ground level in some parts.

The South Side stations on the Red Line and the Blue Line stations from Logan Square thru Jefferson Park were designed by the same famous architecture firm that designed the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center.

(You'll learn a lot about history, too, if you come to CTA!) 
 
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