Internships at CTA

We're proud to offer paid internships to high-performing undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds. CTA internships allow students to gain hands-on, real-world experience at the nation's second largest public transportation system. Interns will gain the skills, knowledge and experience needed to excel in today’s demanding workplace.

Interns work on a wide range of projects and special assignments based on the needs and goals of their department. Interns are paid anywhere from $11 to $16 per hour, depending on their education level. Interns can work up to 20 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during summer and school breaks.

While we have many general administration internships, we're placing particular emphasis on interns who have—or would like to gain—technical skills in logistics, transportation, engineering, technology management, planning and scheduling, and purchasing.

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What kind of internships do we offer?

Here's a list of some of the types of majors for which we have opportunities—there may be an internship for you at CTA:

  • Engineering (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, construction)
  • Technology management
  • Information technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Strategic planning
  • Scheduling & service planning
  • Safety and emergency preparedness
  • Human resources
  • Employee relations
  • Purchasing & supply chain
  • Public affairs/communications/media relations
  • Budget and accounting

Learn more about what you'll need to be eligible and the latest opportunities.


Did you know?

Our buses and trains log more miles on a typical weekday than distance from the earth to the moon: A combined 376,612 miles. (The moon is about 250,000 miles away.)

We've been running trains since 1892 when the South Side 'L' opened (now part of the Green Line).

In 1947, CTA acquired and took on operation of the 'L', Chicago's buses and the streetcar lines of the day.

The first transit in Chicago was a horsecar line that began service in 1859--that line never really stopped running though. It evolved, over the years, into the #29 State, which uses modern low-emission diesel buses.

The name 'L' comes from "elevated train," but our 224-miles of railroad tracks run over elevated lines, through four distinct subways, down expressway medians and even at ground level in some parts.

The South Side stations on the Red Line and the Blue Line stations from Logan Square thru Jefferson Park were designed by the same famous architecture firm that designed the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center.

(You'll learn a lot about history, too, if you come to CTA!) 
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