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2024 Engineering & Architecture Associates Program - Civil Design 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 Civil Design Division:

This Civil Design Division is primarily responsible for conceptual and final design services across a diverse portfolio of Port Authority facilities including airports, ports, tunnels, bridges, and rail infrastructure. Areas of design include airfields, roadways, pavements, utilities, storm water, site civil, freight, and passenger rail.


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

  • Applying engineering fundamentals to design airfield, storm drainage, utilities, paving, and railroad facilities
  • Creating plans in AutoCAD
  • Assisting with cost estimates and specifications
  • Collaborating with other Engineering disciplines and stakeholders to provide well-coordinated designs

Examples of Rotations for a Civil Design Associate:

The most recent rotations have included: Civil Design (Aviation, Utilities, Roadways and/or Rail); Construction Management; Materials; Resilience & Sustainable Design; Structural or Traffic Design; and Aviation Planning.


  • Students receiving a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Civil Engineering between September 2023 and May 2024
  • Passion for public service
  • Openness to rotating through different Engineering/Architecture 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


  • Interest in Engineering Design, specifically Civil and related to Transportation
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) Certification and Fundamental of Engineering (FE) Exam passed or scheduled
  • Prior internship experience in a similar role
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

How To Apply:

  • Click “Apply Now”
  • Follow the prompts
  • Please submit the following with your application
    1. Resume that clearly indicate when you’re expected to receive your degree in MM/YYYY format
    2. Cover letter detailing why you’re interested in participating in the Engineering & Architecture Associates Program

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