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Summer Intern - Planning & Regional Development, Economics

Job ID: 60067
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 their team in the Economics unit. The project they would work on is conducting detailed research of equity issues in transportation and would work towards developing paper and powerpoint on the issues as they relate to the agency.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Independently researching region and state-level economic topics relating to transportation, environment justice, and regional demographics.
  • Conducting review of literature for designated research topic
  • Compilation of statistics at both national and regional level
  • Discussions with relevant agency line and staff departments
  • Conducting quantitative research on key Port Authority initiatives
  • Preparing analysis on topics and policies relevant to the Port Authority that are digestible for public and/or staff.
  • Developing outreach materials on relevant topics and present research at end of internship.
  • Writing professional level documents and emails.
  • Providing support for other duties as assigned

About the Economics Unit in Planning and Regional Development Department:

The Economics Unit in the Planning and Regional Development Department is responsible for providing the agency with variety of economic activities such as forecasting, benefit cost analysis, and other functions.  The Economics Unit works across all departments of the Port Authority (Aviation, Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals, PATH, and the Commercial Ports) to give economic insights into macroeconomic conditions that influence business activities.


  • 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.
  • Candidates must have the ability to work individually (independently) as well as on a team.



  • Strong interest economics, demographics, and quantitative modeling
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; delivers timely work product and operates efficiency.
  • Organized with experience working independently on multiple projects.
  • Proficiency in Office 365 (SharePoint, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel).
  • Working knowledge of modeling software such as R, Stata, Eviews, PYTHON, or other
  • Interest in contributing to the success of the New York/New Jersey region.


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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