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Summer Intern - Port, Efficiency & Goods Movement

Job ID: 38151
Department: Port
Location: 4 World Trade Center


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 Efficiency & Goods Movement unit! Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research the location of warehouses and distribution centers in the region that represent the origin and destination of containerized cargo moving thru the Port of NY & NJ. 
  • Conduct surveys and outreach with the warehouse operators to obtain and document operating conditions.
  • Identify truck drivers in the region that have excess capacity and connect them with companies who need additional drivers. 
  • Identifying possible trends that lead to port inefficiencies for additional analysis and/or potential improvements in operations and actualizing ideas if requested.

About the Port Department:
The Port of New York and New Jersey is the gateway to one of the most concentrated consumer markets in North America and the largest port on the East Coast. Our ability to get goods into the hands of consumers quickly gives us our Port the competitive edge along with receiving the most first port of calls (75%,) than any other East Coast port. 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. 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 forward. The Port Authority and port partners build, improve, and maintain most of the terminals' facilities and underlying road, rail and waterside infrastructure.


  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate 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.


  • Candidates must have a strong interest in port operations and/or supply chain distribution.
  • Successful candidate will be a self-starter with excellent oral and written communication, research and analytical skills.
  • A successful candidate will have great attention to detail, innovative ideas, and a passion for public service. 
  • He or she should be a self-starter and be able to work both independently or with a group. 

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 8 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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