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Summer Intern - Port Newark Environmental Intern

Job ID: 38028
Department: Port
Location: New Jersey Marine Terminals


The Port Authority offers 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 Port department is looking for a summer intern to join their team in the Port Newark Environmental Intern! Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Intern will primarily assist the Senior Environmental Programs Specialist in Port Newark with environmental projects for our New Jersey seaports, including our port operations in Newark, Elizabeth, Bayonne, and Jersey City.
  • Intern projects may include reviewing historic environmental documents and mapping data into GIS, developing Key Performance Indicators to track environmental performance, performing research on port environmental best practices, and developing and implementing pilot projects and process improvements to yield environmental benefits to our ports.  
  • Intern will have an opportunity to effect positive environmental changes on a variety of topics, which could include air emissions reductions, water quality improvements, hazmat handling and waste reduction, litter reduction, invasive species management, energy efficiency, pollution prevention and remediations, and renewable energy projects.
  • Intern will assist the Senior Environmental Programs Specialist with other daily tasks as needed, as well as gain exposure to general port operations through assignments from the New Jersey Marine Terminals Operations Manager.

About the Port Department:
The Port Department is a landlord port responsible for six facilities in the New York and New Jersey Port District that drive our regional economy. As a landlord port, property is leased to private operators. In your daily life, you encounter the goods that move through our facilities, such as the coffee in your mug, the car in your driveway, the furniture in your home, and the cell phone in your pocket. The Port Authority also maintains and operates public berths, at which shippers can arrange to load and unload cargo. Most of the vehicles coming into and out of the Port use public berths, as does most of the bulk and breakbulk cargo. The Port Authority and port partners build, improve, and maintain most of the terminals' facilities and underlying infrastructure. The Port Authority has invested millions of dollars into the Port's transportation connections, including intermodal infrastructure such as ExpressRail, as well as road connections to the surrounding highways, interstates, and the New Jersey Turnpike. The Port Department's mission is to develop and manage competitive port infrastructure and service by providing leadership to expedite movement of cargo in a secure, environmentally and financially sound manner.


  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming Fall 2021 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.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with previous environmental coursework. 
  • Prior internship or other work experience desired.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Technological proficiency, including Excel (GIS experience desired but not required).
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of the maritime and/or supply chain management industry desired but not required.

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 career workshops; broadening your understanding of the agency.

This position will be a virtual internship opportunity.
This internship is expected to be a full-time internship lasting 12 weeks.

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 April 19, 2021 at 11:59pm. You will not be able to apply after this date.

Recruitment Timeline

  • Interview Process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews will be conducted in March-April.
  • Program Start Date: The Summer Internship Program is slated to begin June 3, 2021

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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