Encouraging student involvement is an important goal for APTA’s conferences and meetings. APTA’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Workforce Development has embraced the need to prepare the next generation of leaders within the public transportation industry. Faculty and students at local colleges and universities are invited to attend and are encouraged to participate in the conference programming.
The conference offers great opportunities for students to network and interact with a variety of professionals within the industry, participate in educational sessions, hear from industry experts, and browse products and services. This is also be an added benefit for members to network, market and recruit a new generation interested in careers within the transit industry.
Student registration is free and includes admission to:
- educational/technical sessions
- the International Rail Rodeo
- technical tours
To be eligible, the student must:
- be currently enrolled in a college or university
- present his or her current student ID when registering on site
How to Register
- Complete the registration form in advance and submit by fax or mail with a photocopy of your valid student ID
- Register on-site at the conference; please bring a valid student ID
Monday, June 4, 2012, 2 - 3 p.m.
- Interactive Presentations - The formal presentations at other sessions are replaced by informal demonstrations as you stop by each table. Students will highlight their forward-thinking ideas surrounding the current and future state of public transportation. Enjoy participating in the informal exchanges that maximize your time with industry leaders and listening to the exciting research of your peers.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
- Student Ambassador Forum: Opportunities for Young Professionals in Public Transportation - The transit industry can be an intensive, highly competitive opportunity to get your career launched in the fast-paced, forward looking industry. Public transportation companies are setting new all-time ridership records, building unprecedented mega infrastructure projects, and leading the way in transportation technology programs from mobile ticketing to real-time service information. This session will provide valuable networking information from professionals in the public and private public transit industry.
Student Ambassador Program
The transit industry can be an intensive, highly competitive opportunity to get your career launched in the fast-paced, forward looking industry. Public transportation companies are setting new all-time ridership records, building unprecedented mega infrastructure projects, and leading the way in transportation technology programs from mobile ticketing to real-time service information. The APTA Student Ambassadors Program will challenge you to think about the transportation industry presenting real world problems and examples of working with a team of experienced professionals to develop practical, implementable real world solutions for the industry.
Want to register or learn more about the APTA Student Ambassador Program?
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2012 Student Ambassador Competition
Students who attend APTA’s Student Ambassador Initiatives are welcome to submit an essay about their experience. The winner(s) from the essay competition will earn the opportunity to be published in a national magazine-Passenger Transport. Essays should be no more than 500 words and should answer the following questions: i) How did you learn about the APTA Student Ambassador Program? ii) What career opportunities did you learn about while attending the conference? Iii) How can the field of public transportation ensure that it has a diverse workforce?