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2024 Engineering & Architecture Associates Program - Architecture Division

About the Engineering & Architecture Associates Program:

The Engineering & Architecture Associates Program is a two-year rotational program at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey open to Engineering and Architecture students who are receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree between September 2023 and May 2024. During their first year, Associates rotate through different Engineering/Architecture disciplines in both construction and design. Associates also rotate through different Port Authority facilities, like: George Washington Bridge; Holland Tunnel; JFK Airport; LaGuardia Airport; Lincoln Tunnel; Newark Airport; PATH; World Trade Center; and more. In their second year, Associates focus on the discipline they applied for. In addition to gaining hands-on experience and becoming part of the team in each rotation, the Engineering & Architecture Associates Program also provides mentorship, professional development, training, networking, and facility tours.

Even though this is a rotational program, Associates are full-time, permanent employees with a yearly salary and benefits. After successful completion of the program, Associates are promoted to Associate Engineer/Architect. As of 2023, there are close to 200 program alumni still working at the agency. Most Associates grow their careers within the Engineering Department (we have Associates who have rose to Chief positions) while others transition to engineering roles in other departments like: Aviation; Operations Services; Major Capital Projects; PATH; Planning & Regional Development; Port; Sustainability; Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals; World Trade Center; and more.

The 2024 cohort is expected to start in the beginning of June.

About the Architecture Unit:

As part of a multidisciplinary Design Division, the Architecture Unit provides a broad range of design services built around a practice of design excellence, sustainability, resilience, and accessibility. Comprised of architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, and a model maker, Architecture's mission is to provide architectural and planning services in support of the Port Authority's core transportation and infrastructure programs. We strive to balance critical program requirements such as schedule, budget, life safety, and spatial requirements with the appropriate architectural response to achieve quality public environments for our facility customers, employees, and tenants.            


While there’s no typical day for an Associate because rotations vary, some examples of responsibilities related to the Architecture Unit include:

  • Visiting a project site to observe, measure and take notes
  • Preparing preliminary designs, physical/virtual models, contract drawings, and/or details for a project
  • Monitoring and inspecting a project under construction in the field

Examples of Rotations for an Architecture Associate:

The most recent rotations have included: Architecture; Resiliency & Sustainability; Project Delivery; Construction, Field Inspection; Materials; Quality Assurance, Structural Integrity; Enterprise Asset Management; and Operations, Financial Services.


  • Students receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Architecture from a NAAB accredited program between September 2023 and May 2024
  • Passion for public service
  • Openness to rotating through different units or disciplines and Port Authority facilities (your home address will be taken into consideration when rotations are chosen)
  • A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 6 months of being hired


  • Architecture internships
  • AutoCAD and Revit experience
  • Interest in public transportation

How To Apply:

  • Click “Apply Now”
  • Follow the prompts
  • Please submit the following with your application:
    1. A resume that clearly indicates when you’re expected to receive your degree in MM/YYYY format
    2. A cover letter detailing why you’re interested in participating in the Engineering & Architecture Associates Program
    3. A curated portfolio (preferred) or work samples in the same document as your resume or cover letter; this is required for your application to be reviewed

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application deadline is Thursday, November 30, 2023.