MTA Needs Interns to Work with High School Students

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is seeking three college assistants to intern for seven weeks to assist with implementing the Red Line High School Internship Program, designed to educate and expose high school students to careers in transportation. 

MTA developed the Red Line High School Internship Program in conjunction with The Red Line Transit Project. The program is a partnership of the MTA, three local high schools located along the Red Line Transit Project study areas (Woodlawn High School, Edmondson-Westside High School, and Patterson High School), and three consultant firms working on the Red Line Transit Project (Parsons Brinckerhoff, Rummel, Klepper and Kahl, and Whitman Requardt & Associates). The program's mission is to reach out to the Red Line community and involve students who will benefit most from the proposed Red Line Transit Project. 

The college assistants will be an employee of the consultant partners and may be asked to provide assistance on other projects throughout the summer internship. Applicants should have previous experience working collaboratively in a team environment and presentation skills are a plus. 

Software skills in MS Office are needed. 

The roles and responsibilities of the college assistant are crucial to the success of the Red Line High School Internship Program. The college assistants will provide assistance to both the High School Interns as well as the Program Managers. They must ensure the program's activities are executed in a manner that is both exciting and interesting to the interns and will be considered a mentor; therefore, must maintain a professional, yet friendly manner at all times along with being able to perform the following tasks.

College Assistants will be will be tasked with the following responsibilities:

1. Conducting ice-breakers and other activities.

2. Taking the lead in daily activities.

3. In group activities, pairing up interns based on strengths and weaknesses. 

4. Preparing written documents for interns' future reference.

5. Assigning interns various responsibilities as photographer, recorder, and spokesperson.

6. Reviewing all documents such as daily and weekly summaries, thank you letters and other material before submitting to Program Manager. 

7. Researching materials such as Transit Oriented Development (TOD), examples of good Power Point Presentations and other topics.

8. Preparing interns for activities by reminding them of upcoming field trips and other activities. 

9. Taking photos of different events just in case interns did not capture all materials.

10. Managing and creating a list of all transportation professional contacts met during the six weeks of the program which includes name, title, address, and email.

11. Uploading daily photos, journals, and weekly summaries to program website.

12. Creating a daily schedule so that interns know what to expect during that day's activities.

13. Organizing all materials so that they can easily be accessed. (Daily photos, Journals )

14. Attending weekly College Assistant meetings and staying in contact with other College Assistants to make sure all materials being presented are consistent with weekly themes.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and application to The Office of Community Workforce Programs via email at with Red Line Summer Program College Assistant Internship as the subject header. The deadline to submit the paperwork is Wednesday, March 28, 2014 by 5 pm.

For more information regarding the Red Line High School Internship Program please carefully review

The duration of the internship is June 22, 2015 to Aug. 7, 2015.

Salary: $14.00/per hour 40 hours per week.

Requirements: A rising junior, senior or graduate student. 

Majors Preferred: Transportation Studies, Engineering, Urban Planning, Architecture