Metro Internship Program (MIP)
Recruitment for Metro’s 2020/21 Metro Internship Program is currently closed and our team is no longer accepting new applications. We look forward to sharing updates as soon as information is made available.
The Metro Internship Program is part of Metro’s “Career Ladder Program” initiative. The program offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students an opportunity to gain relevant work experience and job skills through a paid internship.
The program enables students to learn about the transportation industry by 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 may include:
- architectural design
- bus and rail operations administration
- civil engineering
- community relations
- graphic design
- government relations
- mechanical engineering
- media relations
- project management
- safety and security administration
- talent acquisition
- training and development
- urban planning
- workforce planning
MIP internship assignments are reviewed every six months by the hiring department, and an intern has an opportunity to work up to two years.
The program provides understanding of the basic principles and practices of public transportation logistics and management.
Eligibility for the program is open to any student who is currently enrolled or registered at an accredited institution of higher learning.
To be considered for the Metro Internship Program, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units (for undergraduate program) or 6 units (for graduate program) at an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (for undergraduate program) or 3.0 (for a graduate program).
- Must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident with permission to or eligibility to work in the country as determined by the U.S. Immigration Laws and the Department of Homeland Security.
- Candidates for Metro Internship Program are subject Metro’s pre-employment screenings and criminal background check.
- Metro Internship Program is a paid internship at the rate of $14 /hour (undergraduate) and $16.50 (graduate).
- Interns may not be eligible for benefits, paid vacation, holiday pay or overtime pay.
- All interns must adhere to Metro’s dress code and observe all safety rules and regulations.
Q: What is the deadline to apply for a Metro internship?
A: Please refer to the job bulletin for the closing date.
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 program or post-graduate program.
Q: Can I continue my internship with less than 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.
Q: Can I drop all my classes during my internship at Metro?
A: No, your internship will be discontinued.
Q: What is the procedure for extending my internship at Metro?
A: Extension of internship can only be determined and/or requested by the hiring department.
Q: How often is an internship extended?
A: An internship can be extended twice a year: in June and in 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.
Q: Does Metro provide employment and health benefits for interns?
Q: Do interns get paid for overtime, vacation and holidays?
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.
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 all U.S. immigration laws and the Department of Homeland Security Regulations.