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.
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
- Strategic planning
- Scheduling & service planning
- Safety and emergency preparedness
- Human resources
- Employee relations, purchasing & supply chain
- Public affairs/media relations
- Budget and accounting
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:
- Submit a copy of the following supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the internship of interest in the subject field:
- Cover letter expressing specific department/program interests
- Current official or unofficial school transcript and school schedule
- Or, mail your documents to:
Manager, Learning & Support Unit
Chicago Transit Authority
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Send us an e-mail at email@example.com if you have any questions!