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Summer Intern - JFK Redevelopment, Outreach

Job ID: 36844
Department: Aviation
Location: JFK Airport


The Port Authority offers 12-week paid summer internships to students that provide the opportunity to work with knowledgeable and experienced professionals on assignments critical to operating, maintaining, and expanding the transportation infrastructure for one of the greatest economies in the world. 

Assignments include hands-on projects to cultivate technical, writing, communication and team-building skills. The diversity of our businesses creates a variety of opportunities for students to gain exposure to the work of a first-class public agency.

The Aviation department is looking for a summer intern to join their team in the JFK Redevelopment unit! Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in preparing information and research materials; create and maintain PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Answer phone inquiries, direct calls, and provide basic information to community members.
  • Prepare executive level briefings and presentations.
  • Develop outreach strategies•Create and update outreach tools and documents.
  • Attend internal & external meetings•Participate in facility visits and tours as needed.
  • Draft correspondence.
  • Lead projects during the entity of the summer (projects to be assigned during the beginning of the internship).

About the JFK Redevelopment:
JFK Redevelopment is focused on the $13B project with terminal developer partners, to completely redevelop, modify and expand existing facilities and infrastructure. The aggressive, forward-facing master plan and the project, called the JFK Redevelopment Program, provides for staged redevelopment.  


  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming Fall 2020 school semester.
  • We are seeking interns who are talented, driven and who have a genuine interest in contributing to the success of the New York/New Jersey region. 
  • We welcome applications from a diverse range of University disciplines and concentrations. 
  • Successful candidates will be self-starters with excellent communication, research and applicable technical skills.


  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Strong writer.
  • An understanding of local community (zip codes below).
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Previous community outreach experience a plus.
  • Candidates who reside in follow zip codes are strongly preferred: 11405; 11411; 11412; 11413; 11414; 11416; 11417; 11418; 11419; 11420; 11421; 11422; 11423; 11426; 11427; 11428; 11429; 11434; 11691; 11692; 11693; 11694; 11695; 11697; 11559; 11598; 11096; 11516; 11557; 11003;11580; 11581; 11582 
  • Desired Majors:Political Science; Public Policy & Administration; Urban Planning; Communications/Marketing, Sociology
  • Job Location/Exact Address:JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center 144-33/35 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11435A
  • A willingness to travel to meetings and events around targeted communities and 4 World Trade Center

About the Program

  • Interns have the opportunity to support their departments with critical projects such as analyzing regional demand data for our airports, conducting interview assessments, development of our annual budget, designing sustainability initiatives, and developing operational plans for retail development. 
  • On the job, learning is supported by networking sessions with senior management, intern meet and greets and facility tours; broadening your understanding of the agency.

How To Apply

  • To apply, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button.
  • Please be sure to complete all steps of the application process and click Submit at the end. 
  • Applicants will receive a generated confirmation email upon application completion.


  • To be considered for the position you must respond to the essay question below. 
  • All applicants must answer all prompted questions and essay.
  • Please upload your response and resume as one document in the section of the online. application that prompts you to upload your resume.
  • Your essay response cannot exceed 150 words. 

Applications that do not include a resume and essay response will be considered incomplete and will not be moved forward in the selection process.

Essay Question: Why do you want to work as a Summer Intern for the Port Authority of NY & NJ?

The application deadline is February 28, 2020; 11:59 p.m. EST. You will not be able to apply after this date.

Recruitment Timeline: 

  • Interview Process: The hiring department/unit will dreictly contact candidates to conduct interviews and the process will continue until offers are made to selected candidates.
  • Program Start Date: The Summer Internship Program is slated to begin June 1, 2020 and runs until mid-August. 

The Selection Process:

  • Please note that more than one department may contact students to interview. 
  • Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.
  • Interns are selected based on academic achievement, analytical and communication skills, and work experience

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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