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Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates

Current Students

The CMTS is always excited to provide professional development and training opportunities to current students at the graduate and undergraduate levels through internship positions. Interns provide research, writing, and programmatic support for our interagency work. The intern would be an integral part of the project team. This is an opportunity to help produce meaningful work related to the marine transportation system with a public interest team committed to improving the function of government.

Responsibilities: Research and writing support across CMTS integrated action teams including Arctic, Integrated Science and Technology, Resilience, Data, and others. Provide executive support in running meetings, conferences, and preparing policy documents for interagency partners and Congress. Independently complete research projects. The CMTS will endeavor with interns to fit opportunities to professional interests.

Supervision: Intern will be supervised by CMTS senior staff and the Executive Director. Given the nature of our work, it is important that interns have the ability and the desire to work independently.

Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills; familiarity with basic maritime or transportation concepts a plus.

Duration: Unpaid internships can be three to four months, full- or part-time, to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. The CMTS is always willing to work with students to secure class credit or meet external funding requirements.

Location: the CMTS is a hybrid office based out of DOT HQ in Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Open. Interns are hired on a rolling basis.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume; and a short writing sample to MTSInfo@cmts.gov. Put "CMTS Internship" in the subject of your email.

Recent Graduates and Paid Opportunities

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant's founders and former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year paid fellowship.

For more information and the application process please visit https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss-Fellowship-Program.

Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) internship program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate, graduate and law students like you to get hands-on experience in public service while learning more about transportation challenges and advancements in the U.S. The CMTS regularly hosts STIPDG interns, however, please note that placement is not guaranteed.

For more information and deadlines please visit the program website at: https://twc.edu/programs/summer-transportation-internship-program-diverse-groups