The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) established the September 11th Memorial Program for Regional Transportation Planning to honor the memory of Ignatius Adanga, Charles Lesperance, and See Wong Shum, the three employees it lost during the attack on the World Trade Center. The program was established to educate and motivate people interested in transportation technology and planning and to encourage innovations in planning activities throughout the NYMTC region. The Program's Academic Initiative is designed to foster the academic and professional development of students by providing them with opportunities to participate in innovative research and planning projects. It is administered by the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC).
Though there has been two ways in which to participate in this program in prior years, only the internship option is being offered during 2015-16. The internship option requires that the student be available to be on site at an agency within the NYMTC region.
- Internship Option – The student can pursue a project in the offices of NYMTC or a NYMTC Member Agency. The internships will challenge students to develop creative solutions to difficult problems, providing a benefit to the region while enhancing their educational experiences.
The application process for the NYMTC/UTRC September 11th Program Academic Initiative Internship Program is now open for the 2016-17 academic year and applications can be submitted on the UTRC2.org website through May 16. Two awards will be granted; master's degree students or undergraduate seniors who attend a UTRC consortium institution and will be enrolled full-time during the 2016-17 school year are eligible to apply. The internships will be available at NYCDOT and at the NYMTC central office. . Participants will be required to conduct their projects on-site at least once per week.
Application Deadline: May 16, 2016.
Applicants should specify which internships they wish to apply for. Additional information is available in NYMTC’s Unified Planning Work Program . There may also be additional internships available that have not been identified at this time. If you are interested in working at a particular NYMTC Member Agency, please indicate this on the application form.
It is estimated that students will invest approximately 1,000 hours of effort over a 12-month calendar year. For this work, graduate students will receive a $2,000 per month stipend over 12 months, and up to $10,000 in tuition assistance. Undergraduate students will receive a $1,000 per month stipend over 12 months, and up to $5,000 in tuition assistance.
Together with a full class schedule, this program constitutes a full-time commitment. Students may not have any other employment obligations while participating in this program.
Over the course of the year, students will also be invited to participate in other activities aimed at promoting their development as transportation professionals, including a potential mentorship program, and opportunities to attend research and professional conferences. At the end of the year, graduate students will be asked to make a public presentation on the results of their projects.
Program participants must be enrolled full-time at one of the UTRC Member Universities. Applicants for the Research Option must be enrolled as graduate students; upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students are both eligible for the Internship Option. Prospective students not yet enrolled in graduate school may apply to the September 11th Memorial Program concurrently with their application to any of these schools. Additionally, the following restrictions apply to students’ eligibility for this program:
|NA||Graduate Students or upper-division
|NA||Only if visa allows off-campus work|
|NA||Student MUST be able to work at the office of a NYMTC member agency|
Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, as long as their studies relate in some way to transportation planning. Fields that are especially relevant include Transportation Planning and Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Operations Research, City and Regional Planning, Architecture, and Public Policy, but applicants need not be limited to these fields.
The following supporting materials are required for the 2016-17 September 11th Internship:
- An essay, describing how you visualize your future role in the New York transportation planning process (500-1000 words).
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable on a provisional basis; electronic versions can be uploaded directly, or hard copies can be scanned and uploaded. You may be requested to submit official transcripts at a later date for confirmation. If you are not able to obtain an electronic copy, you may mail official or unofficial transcripts to the address below.
- A letter from the appropriate faculty member of the applicant's institution who will serve as the adviser to the student during the Program. The adviser will be considered the Principal Investigator on the project and will provide approval authorizing release of the intern's monthly stipend payments as requested by the institution's office of research grants. The adviser will also serve as the liaison between the institution's office of research grants and RFCUNY on any contractual or payment issues.
- Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers must also be mailed to the address below. Letters can be sent directly from recommenders, or submitted by students in an envelope with the recommender’s signature over the seal.
All hardcopy materials (letters of recommendation and any transcripts that are not available in electronic form) must be postmarked by the application deadline and should be mailed to:
- September 11th Memorial Program
- Attn: Tierra Fisher
- University Transportation Research Center
- Marshak Hall, MR-910
- Th City College of New York
- New York, NY 10031