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The mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is to improve the quality of life for all American people and communities and to increase the productivity and competitiveness of American workers and businesses. Jump start your career with an opportunity at U.S. DOT through an ORISE internship or fellowship. Many transportation research projects hold the potential to benefit multiple aspects of the United States transportation system, specific projects are most commonly tied to one transportation mode. Utilize the information on this site to familiarize yourself with the ORISE Research Participation Programs at the U.S. DOT.

On this site you will find information about these educational and training programs, designed to engage students and recent graduates to innovate research performed at the U.S. DOT. Whether you are interested in joining the programs, are a current participant, or are a U.S. DOT employee sponsoring or mentoring participants, our site has valuable information for you. We welcome you to learn more about our programs by selecting the category that best describes you.

Our participants are excited about the educational research they are doing

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    Laura Farley

    During her ORISE fellowship program, Laura Farley researched data control, stewardship and visualization. She learned various approaches to data management and applied them by developing accessible dashboards based on federal datasets and metrics.

    Read more about Laura's research
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    Kyle Titlow

    During his fellowship with the U.S. Department of Transportation, postgraduate Kyle Titlow analyzed GPS data sets to improve U.S. transportation methods.

    Read more about Kyle's experience at DOT
  • It is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates who are interested in getting their feet wet with research opportunities outside of traditional academia. I’ve gotten a much more realistic understanding of how the government functions and the challenges and opportunities it faces in regards to transportation data.

    —Kyle Titlow
  • I feel prepared to take on future positions as a cartographer or designer with the skills gained during my appointment at DOT.

    —Kelsey Taylor, MS, GISc
  • My time at a GIS Analyst at BTS was fulfilling and educational and I will always appreciate my time there. I learned and improved crucial skills at BTS that will be essential to my career going forward.

    —Theodore Reuter
  • This is an excellent opportunity for new graduates or early career individuals looking to build experience.

    —Laura Farley
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Participants will have opportunities to collaborate with other U.S. DOT and academic scientists to further his or her professional development and will be encouraged to publish their research and give presentations.