FTA Diversity in Federal Transit Internship Program


The Washington Center’s staff will walk participants through the Federal Transit Administration’s Diversity in Federal Transit (DFT) internship program application process, with a focus on eligibility and getting your required application documents polished and ready to submit.

Get tips on topics like writing an informative resume, lining up a Letter of Recommendation, and defining your work interest areas. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask general or specific questions about applying. The Washington Center coordinates DFT in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Work on meaningful transit projects, strengthen your network, build your professional skills, and earn a stipend in summer 2024! The FTA administers federal funding to support locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the United States.


The Diversity in Federal Transit (DFT) Internship Program helps deliver on the FTA’s targeted diversity and inclusion strategies for its future workforce.

  • DFT interns must be enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, or law school students who will have completed at least their freshman year of college before the internship begins
  • Graduate applicants should be enrolled in the fall 2024 semester; law applicants should be entering 2L or 3L in fall 2024

Students from groups traditionally under-represented in policymaking and federal transit careers are strongly encouraged to apply. Your internship placement may be at the Washington, D.C. FTA office, or in one of several regional locations across the United States. Each intern is supervised and supported by an FTA mentor.


Sponsorship covers the cost of the program, housing (if needed), roundtrip travel to and from the internship site city (if eligible), and a stipend of $6,100-$8,100 for undergraduate interns and $8,100-$10,100 for graduate and law interns.

By Nazarian Careers
Nazarian Careers