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Metro Internship Program (MIP)

The Metro Internship Program (MIP) offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students an opportunity to gain practical work experience through a paid internship, related to their academic field of study.

The MIP program provides an opportunity for students to learn about the transportation industry while applying classroom theories and concepts to “real-world” work situations at the nation’s third largest public transportation agency.

The type(s) of internship opportunities offered to college interns may include and not be limited to: administration, architectural design, CAD, engineering, government relations, graphic design, human resources, marketing research, media relations, training, and urban planning.

MIP intern assignments are reviewed every six months by the hiring department and an intern has an opportunity to work up to a maximum of two years in his/her assignment.

Eligibility

To qualify for the Metro Internship Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Officially be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum of 12 units for an undergraduate program or a minimum of 6 units for a graduate program.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for those enrolled in an undergraduate program of study or maintain a 3.0 for those enrolled in a graduate program of study.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident and eligible to work in this country as determined by the U.S. Immigration Laws and the Department of Homeland Security.

Application and Contact Information

A job posting titled "Administrative Intern" will be listed when there are opportunities available. To apply for the Metro Internship Program, visit our Employment Opportunities website.

Jobline: 213.922.6217

Terms and Conditions

  • An internship at Metro can be a paid or unpaid work assignment, and the program does not guarantee full time employment with the agency.
  • Metro does not provide benefits, vacation pay, holiday pay, or overtime pay for interns.
  • All interns must adhere to Metro’s dress code and observe all safety rules and regulations.
  • All prospective interns are subject to Metro’s pre-employment screenings and subject to a criminal background check.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Q: Can I still apply for a Metro internship after graduation?
A: Yes, if you have received an undergraduate degree and you are enrolled in an accredited graduate or post-graduate program.

Q: Can I drop all my classes during my internship at Metro?
A: No, your internship will be discontinued.

Q: Can I continue my internship with less than the required 2.5 or 3.0 cumulative GPA?
A: No, interns must maintain the required cumulative GPA at all times.

Q: Can I enroll in less than 12 units as an undergraduate student or less than 6 units as a graduate student?
A: Yes, you can if you are near completion of your academic program.

Visa Requirements

Q: Can Metro provide me with a U.S. work permit or visa?
A: No, Metro does not provide or offer immigration services.

Q: Do I have to be a citizen to be eligible for an internship at Metro?
A: No, students must have permission to work in the U.S. and must comply with the Department of Homeland Security regulations.

Applications

Q: What is the deadline to apply for a Metro internship?
A: Please refer to the job bulletin for the closing date.

Internship Extension

Q: What is the procedure for extending my internship at Metro?
A: Please refer to the Job Bulletin for closing date.

Q: How often is an internship extended?
A: An internship can be extended twice a year in June and December.

Q: How long is a Metro internship?
A: A Metro internship is six months long and can last up to two years.

Q: Am I obligated to stay for the whole period?
A: No, you are not obligated to stay for the whole period, and you can choose to leave at any time, with a two-week notification.

Internship Extension

Q: Does Metro provide employment and health benefits for interns?
A: No.

Q: Do interns get paid for over time, vacation, and holidays?
A: No.

Q: Can interns ride Metro’s transit system for free?
A: Yes, all interns receive a valid employee badge that allows them to ride the Metro transit system free.

Q: Can interns take on part-time jobs while working at Metro?
A: Yes, as long as the part-time job does not conflict with the Metro internship.


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