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DART Leadership Academy

UTA has partnered with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) to create an unprecedented opportunity for you to be included in a year-long DART/UTA Transportation Leadership Academy. The DART/UTA Transportation Leadership Academy will provide students an opportunity to achieve real world experience by working as a paid DART intern, develop leadership skills by interacting with DART executives, and the potential to be interviewed for employment at DART at the conclusion of the Transportation Leadership Academy. Successful applicants who complete all requirements and who are selected will receive a monetary fellowship. This is equivalent to approximately one year of full time tuition and fees depending on your individual situation, how many hours you are enrolled in, and other factors. A financial aid representative will be available to discuss with selected students how the funds will impact their individual financial profile. Students can learn and experience a detailed and all-encompassing understanding of business and community needs related to DART, including sessions with key executives to understand how each area within DART works together to produce successful outcomes. Successful applicants will engage in how DART and its 12 surrounding cities work to make robust and progressive initiatives for changing demographics now and in the future. The Transportation Leadership Academy provides an in-depth look at the transportation industry.

Who Should Apply

DART is seeking students who intend to seek employment immediately following graduation and who have an interest in the transportation industry. The Transportation Leadership Academy is for students who are promising leaders, with a reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness, collaboration, and commitment. DART is working on multidisciplinary urban and suburban planning. We are seeking undergraduate applications from students with backgrounds and interest in service delivery, research, architecture, urban and suburban planning, IT, web and app development, accounting, finance, marketing, transportation, sensors, automotive engineering, software engineering and more. Students must be on track to graduate in May of 2019 and enrolled full time in the 2018-2019 academic year. The application is open to citizens of the United States and those legally authorized to work in the United States.


The application is below and the deadline to complete it is 11:59 PM on February 28, 2018. Applicants will be contacted in early to mid-March to potentially be invited for an interview in late March or early April for the Academy. Applicants selected to participate in the Academy will be notified before May leaving time to make any adjustments to fall course schedules that the student would like to. Those students selected following interviews who agree to join the Academy will be required to participate in 5 primary activities as a part of the Transportation Leadership Academy:

1)      A paid internship at DART headquarters in Dallas over the summer of 2018 beginning in June.

2)      Attending seminars on Saturday mornings throughout the academic year (fall of 2018 and spring of 2019).

3)      Completion of a project assigned by DART professionals. This project is outside of and in addition to any academic work the student is completing as a part of their degree.

4)      Attending a minimum of 3 workshops or appointments through the Career Center at UTA and we recommend attendance at 1 session before the internship begins. These sessions will provide important professionalism and career pathway preparation to complement the Transportation Leadership Academy experiences.

5)      Completion of student feedback surveys for the program, including weekly feedback sheets following each Saturday seminar.

The Saturday seminars will be approximately 3 hours each week and will include lectures from DART professionals and possibly time to work on required projects. Academy students will need time in their weekly schedules of fall 2018 and spring 2019 outside of Saturday seminars to address project work, which may include onsite and remote meetings at DART. Students can expect to spend approximately 5 hours per week on their project outside of Saturday seminars, not including travel time. Please be advised this could vary depending upon the individual student and their assigned project. Students must provide their own transportation to the internship experience, to the seminars and to conduct any project work/meetings. These activities will primarily be in Dallas at DART Headquarters. Select Saturday seminars will occur at UTA. Exact dates will be provided prior to the fall of 2018 semester.

Absences beyond those allotted in the program and/or failure to complete activities can result in removal from the Transportation Leadership Academy and/or the student may not be given the monetary fellowship. The program will conclude in May of 2019. Participants are strongly encouraged to participate with DART for an interview for employment if invited.

Application Information

Click here for the application. Please contact Dr. Ashley Purgason at 817-272-1745 or with questions.

Application fields include:

Name, email, phone, address, UTA ID number, major, languages spoken, GPA, expected graduation date (month and year), uploading of resume or CV, personal statement (Please tell us why you're interested in participating in the DART/UTA Leadership Academy and why you believe it will be a benefit to your career plans.)