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Summer Intern - Planning & Regional Development, Regional Transportation

Job ID: 60065
Department: Planning & Regional Dev
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 Planning and Regional Development department is looking for a summer intern to join our team to help observe and study how public space is used in one of the world’s busiest transit hubs.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal has heavily peaked flows of passengers in the morning and evening, a regular flow of long-distance passengers throughout the day, and local residents, workers, and visitors who use or pass through the building for various purposes. The selected intern will help refine our research questions and methods, and delve into the substantive work to develop an understanding of how the public spaces are used by such a wide range of people.

Specific responsibilities will likely include, but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing of video cameras and direct field observation
  • Literature review and development of a scope of work
  • Data collection and analysis, including manual counts
  • Discussions with staff who work at the facility
  • Preparation and delivery of a PowerPoint presentation and white paper discussing preliminary findings

The intern will be integrated into the daily work environment of our team, and will be assigned additional tasks as needed to support other studies and interagency planning work. 


About the Planning and Regional Development Department:

Throughout its history, the Port Authority has promoted a vision of an economically integrated metropolitan area supported by robust, multi-modal transportation linkages between the states and gateways for trade and commerce.  The Planning Department’s role in fulfilling this mission is to:

  • Provide thought leadership on strategic transportation needs within a broader regional context
  • Provide subject matter and analytical expertise to support policy and investment decisions
  • Manage selected priority planning initiatives and projects with external partners
  • Deliver planning and technical support services that advance the agency’s core objectives



  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming Fall 2022 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.



  • Graduate student in Environmental Psychology, Sociology, Architecture, Urban Planning, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated interest in public space


This will be a hybrid internship opportunity, meaning that it will be virtual and in-person throughout the summer.

*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 February 1 at 6:00pm EST. 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 2, 2022

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.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

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