Monday, September 28, 2015

District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) Research Internship Program: Paid Hourly Research Opportunity

The Howard University Transportation Research Center (HUTRC) is recruiting interns for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT)’s Research Internship Program. The program is managed by HUTRC and engages full-time students to work on specific research topics around the agency. The internship program allows DDOT to conduct research into topics of interest while also serving as a resource for students to acquire practical skills. 


DDOT has started and is enhancing its data driven decision making process for curbside management. Interns selected for this project will be focusing on analyzing patterns and trends of curbside utilization operations. Example work will include analyzing big data regarding parking meter usage, parking citations, carsharing operations, among other data sets, in order to provide planners and operation manager’s feedback on the utility and effectiveness of proposed and existing curbside management programs. Additionally, interns will collaborate in developing easily obtainable primary data and proxy data to determine curbside parking utilization and turnover.

 Intern Skills: 

  • Undergraduate or graduate student (majors in engineering, planning, geography, GIS, public administration, political science, or similar) with interest or specialization in transportation 
    • Interest in transportation data collection and management
  •  GIS skills and basic statistics required 
    • Must have completed at least 9 credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate level GIS coursework 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to display data in a clear and relevant manner 
    • Organized and able to work independently after receiving limited instruction 
All undergraduate and graduate students should have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and 3.5 respectively. The internship is scheduled to run from October 2015 to May 2016. The internships will be located at the DDOT office, 55 M Street, SE, Washington DC 20003. 

These are hourly, paid positions with a maximum of 20 hours a week with no paid holidays, no sick leave, and no overtime. All candidates are required to have basic computer skills and basic knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. 

To apply: Please email your resume and a copy of you most recent transcript to Your resume must identify the position(s) you are applying for and include your current GPA. The deadline to submit ALL documents will be Friday, October 2nd, 2015. All candidates who are granted an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.