Roebuck highlights PA Turnpike Commission summer fellowship program

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 30 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., encourages college students and recent graduates to apply for a summer fellowship at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

“The PA Turnpike Commission is providing a tremendous opportunity to explore careers in transportation through their summer fellowship program,” Roebuck said. “Examples of successful projects in the past include the ‘Go Orange’ Campaign for Highway Safety, ‘Cashless-Tolling’ options, and ‘Turnpike 2040’, looking ahead to the future. These students are provided with one-on-one, mentored experiences with a good pay.”

The Chief Executive Officer’s Intern Fellows Program for Diverse Groups is designed to attract and retain college juniors, seniors and recent graduates from underrepresented groups to careers in transportation through intern fellowships in the areas of engineering, administration, accounting, construction, information technology and maintenance with the Turnpike Commission.

Roebuck said the turnpike CEO designates a high-level critical transportation issue and assigns a corresponding department to work alongside the interns as mentors. The department mentors assist the team to develop a solution, which is presented to the commission leadership, and eventually implemented. 

The fellowship serves to develop future transportation leaders through a strong emphasis on college disciplines in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, as well as other areas of support in non-STEM disciplines that serve to support transportation organizations. This is a full fellowship program that includes attending workshops, field trips and professional events. 

CEO Intern Fellows are also assigned to a commission department with comprehensive departmental assignments related to their academic discipline. They will also be assigned a mentor throughout the fellowship who will serve as a guide or sounding board for making workplace decisions.

Fellows will be compensated at a rate of $15 per hour, and the program runs from May 15, 2019 through September 15, 2019.

More information is available on the PA Turnpike website at www.paturnpike.com/yourTurnpike/internship.

The deadline to accept applications is Feb. 28, 2019. Residents with questions should contact Myneca Ojo, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at mojo@paturnpike.com or by phone at 717-831-7333, or Catherine Clements-Jenkins, EEO Officer at cjenkins@paturnpike.com or by phone at 717-831-7428.

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