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American Public Transportation Association

 Early Career Program

At this time, we are no longer accepting applications for the ECP Class of 2016.

Welcome to the APTA Early Career Program

A professional development program for individuals new to the public transportation industry, with 3-5 years of work experience, including 1-3 years of management experience.

The American Public Transportation Association’s Early Career Program (ECP) is a national program dedicated to providing public transportation professionals with the skills, knowledge, and networks needed for advancement.

Have you been working in the public transportation industry for 3-5 years and beginning to gain management responsibilities? Are you thinking about the next steps in your career, for example how you achieve your next promotion? If so, consider the ECP as your doorway to career advancement in the industry. The ECP is committed to selecting participants who represent the rich diversity of the industry and of APTA’s member organizations.

The Early Career Program Task Force will select 25 individuals from among APTA member applicants to participate in a 12 month program which includes a variety of skill building workshops, round table sessions, online collaborations and unique access to the industry’s leaders through a national mentoring program.

APTA recognizes the challenges and decisions today's economy presents to indiviuals just beginning their careers. We are taking unique steps to promote and retain a talented workforce that ensures the success of the public transportation industry.

Program Benefits

  • Participate in a national professional development program specifically designed to meet your needs as you move forward in your career.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the public transportation industry outside your area of specialization.
  • Benefit from a local and national mentoring program.
  • Develop a strong network of transit professionals.
  • Build awareness of the breadth and range of transit career paths and opportunities.
  • Hone your talents and become the best of the next generation of industry specialists, managers, and leaders.


Program Letter from President & CEO Michael Melaniphy



Michael Melaniphy

Read the Letter


Insights from the Program Co-Chairs



“We are incredibly excited to present the third year of APTA’s Early Career Program! With a career in public transportation, you can make significant contributions that touch the lives of thousands each day. However, it’s not always easy to know where to begin your own career journey. The Early Career Program aims to jumpstart that process for talented and motivated early-career transit professionals and those who have recently joined our industry from another line of work. We want you to learn about the many opportunities in transit. You will also grow your network with experienced and skilled professionals who make public transportation a success in communities across the country. You are the bright future of transit, and APTA wants to invest in you through the Early Career Program. Apply today!”

Rich Andreski (Chief of Staff, Rail Operations - New Jersey Transit Corporation) and Jill Stober (Senior Transportation Planner - KFH Group, Incorporated)


 Get Started


Ready to apply? Visit How to Apply to find out how to access the online application.


 Early Career Program Class of 2016 Timeline




If you have questions about the Early Career Program, please contact:

Rachelle Jezbera
Early Career Program Manager

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