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Internships at CTA

We're proud to offer paid internships to high-performing undergraduate and graduate students like you! 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 from $17 to $22 per hour, depending on their education level. Interns can work up to 15 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during summer and school breaks. Interns receive free CTA and Pace transportation throughout the duration of their employment.

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.

Eligibility / How to Apply Intern Frequently Asked Questions

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What kind of internships do we offer?

Here's a list of some 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
  • Media communications
  • Strategic planning
  • Scheduling & service planning
  • Urban Planning
  • Safety and emergency preparedness
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Employee relations
  • Purchasing & supply chain
  • Public affairs/communications/media relations
  • Budget and accounting

Learn more about what you'll need to be eligible and the latest opportunities.