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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Summer Intern - Security Operations & Programs, Facility Security Operations Aviation - JFK in Jamaica, New York



The Port Authority offers paid summer internships to students that provide the opportunity to work with knowledgeable and experienced professionals on assignments critical to operating, maintaining, and expanding the transportation infrastructure for one of the greatest economies in the world.

Assignments include hands-on projects to cultivate technical, writing, communication and team-building skills. The diversity of our businesses creates a variety of opportunities for students to gain exposure to the work of a first-class public agency

The Security Operations Program department is looking for a summer intern to join their team in the Facility Security Operations Aviation unit at John F. Kennedy International Airport . Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research of TSA security regulations and industry best practices.

  • Assisting with the planning/conducting the Annual AVSEC TTX exercises.

  • Assisting the Airport Security Credentialing Office with improving processing times, community outreach, including assisting in the monthly security awareness campaign, and Authorized Signatory meetings.

  • Daily outreach to Authorized Signatories to improve badge processing times.

  • Assisting with statistical analysis of badging data

  • Compiling and disseminating daily activity reports

  • Assisting with file management

  • Assisting in the review of various standard operating procedures.

  • Performing additional tasks as requested to include white papers, power point presentations, etc.

  • Compiling minutes for various meetings such as the monthly Authorized Signatory meetings and other security meetings

  • Assisting with contract administration by means of reviewing invoices and tracking expenses

About the Security Operations and Programs Department:

The mission of the Security Operations & Programs Department (SOPD) is to develop, manage, and implement civilian security programs and projects that preserve life and property and increase levels of protection. SOPD’s programs safeguard Port Authority facilities from threats to physical infrastructure, unauthorized access to restricted areas, cyber security attacks, and breaches of protected security information.


  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the upcoming Fall 2022 school semester.

  • We are seeking interns who are talented, driven and who have a genuine interest in contributing to the success of the New York/New Jersey region.

  • We welcome applications from a diverse range of University disciplines and concentrations.

  • Successful candidates will be self-starters with excellent communication, research and applicable technical skills.


  • Ability to use Microsoft word, power point, excel

  • Ability to draft/edit documents to include bulletins, white papers, etc.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities

  • Customer Service

  • Attention to detail

  • Excellent written and communication skills

This will be a hybrid internship opportunity, meaning that it will be virtual and in-person throughout the summer.

*This internship is expected to be a full time internship lasting at least 12 weeks with option to extend through the end of the year .

How to Apply

  • To apply, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button.

  • Please be sure to complete all steps of the application process and click Submit at the end.

  • Applicants will receive a generated confirmation email upon application completion.


  • To be considered for the position you must respond to the essay question below.

  • All applicants must answer all prompted questions and essay.

  • Please upload your response and resume as one document in the section of the online. application that prompts you to upload your resume.

  • Your essay response cannot exceed 150 words.

Applications that do not include a resume and essay response will be considered incomplete and will not be moved forward in the selection process.

Essay Question: Why do you want to work as a Summer Intern for the Port Authority of NY & NJ?

The application deadline is February 1 at 6:00pm EST. You will not be able to apply after this date.

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Interview Process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews will be conducted in March-April.

  • Program Start Date: The Summer Internship Program is slated to begin June 2, 2022

The Selection Process:

  • Please note that more than one department may contact students to interview.

  • Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

  • Interns are selected based on academic achievement, analytical and communication skills, and work experience.