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
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
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.
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.
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:
Coordinator, Training Programs & Quality Assurance
Learning & Support Unit, 4th Floor
Chicago Transit Authority
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661
Send us an e-mail at email@example.com if you have any questions!