The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)

The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) provides a unique summer opportunity for college/university students to gain valuable professional experience and skills to complement student’s academic pursuits.

STIPDG is a paid internship program that aims to mentor and cultivate tomorrow’s transportation leaders by providing students with hands-on experience and on-the-job training while working on current transportation-related topics and issues.

STIPDG is open to all qualified candidates without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. An important focus of the program is providing opportunities to qualified candidates from groups that have been underrepresented in transportation such as women, persons with disabilities, as well as other diverse groups.

STIPDG is open to all candidates based on the eligibility requirements below and based on the merit and completeness of the student’s application. Additional information on the application process, eligibility, and benefits can be found on the STIPDG application site.

Prospective candidates must:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen.
  2. Be currently enrolled in degree-granting programs of study at accredited U.S. institutions of higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  3. Undergraduate applicants must be juniors or seniors for the upcoming Fall Semester. Undergraduate applicants from Junior, Tribal, or Community Colleges must have completed their first year.
  4. Be enrolled in the upcoming Fall Semester, if a graduate student.
  5. Law students must be entering their second or third year of law school in the upcoming Fall Semester.
  6. A candidate scheduled to graduate during the Spring or Summer Semesters of this academic year are not eligible for consideration for the STIPDG unless: (1) they have been accepted for graduate school enrollment; (2) they have been accepted for enrollment at an institution of higher education; or (3) their acceptance is pending. 
  7. A former STIPDG intern may apply but will not necessarily receive preferential consideration.
  8. A candidate will be evaluated based on the “completeness” of the application and the Required Documents listed below. Priority will be given to those with GPA’s of 3.0 or better (for the Major and/or Cumulative).
  9. Be available and able to participate through the duration of the 10-week program.
  10. Submit a completed application, to the webpage listed above, no later than January 31, 2020.

Upon acceptance into the program, participants are required to go through employment eligibility verification and a background investigation to determine suitability to work for U.S. DOT. Participants will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct and a Participant Agreement.

To receive consideration, interested candidates must complete the application and submit all required information and documents listed below. To be considered for the Summer 2021 program, all documents must be received no later than January 31, 2021. Refer any questions or inquiries regarding your application to

  1. The STIPDG Application – (; fully address the information requested.
  2. Copy of Your Transcript/Grade Record/Report
  3. One Reference
  4. Your Resume
  5. A Writing Sample

Undergraduate Students: Submit a typed essay, one-page, double-spaced, minimum 12-point type, on your transportation interests, describing how your participation in the STIPDG will enhance your educational and career plans and goals.

Graduate Students: Submit a writing sample (not to exceed 2 pages) representing your educational and career plans and goals.

Law Students: Submit a legal writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages).

Before submitting an application, please carefully review the important information regarding the application process, eligibility, and benefits on the STIPDG application site.