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Operations Intern


Join the First Transit team as an Operations Intern! This position is a part-time position (20 hours per week & $15/HR) through 
December 31, 2022. First Transit leaders are committed to safety, customer service, and have hands-on experience in 
all areas of the transportation business. You will gain insight on multiple roles in different functional areas, while 
building leadership skills within the transportation sector.

This position will work mainly at the First Transit – Lawrence location, but also supports and assists Lawrence Transit 
and KU On Wheels with a variety of duties that will include data analysis, GIS mapping, public outreach, writing and 
formatting documents, participating in meetings, and experiencing a wide range of activities performed by Lawrence 
Transit and KU on Wheels staff.

In 2022, the position will have a particular focus on improving data reporting processes, analysis, and ongoing 
coordination with existing technology vendors. The ideal candidate will have a strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel, 
have an affinity for attention to detail, and have a willingness to learn transit planning and operations principles and 

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead ongoing coordination efforts to validate and improve the quality of daily, weekly, monthly, and annual 
  • Compile and submit reports analyzing transportation data.
  • Collaborate with Lawrence Transit System and KU Transportation Services on coordinated efforts.
  • Build and automate report processing tools to convert data reports into formats suitable for National Transit 
    Database (NTD) reporting.
  • Learn various functions within the transportation industry, including operations, management, company 
    policies, human resources, etc.
  • Provide support as needed in the various departments, including reporting, data-entry, strategic planning, 
    customer service as needed.
  • Ride bus routes to collect transit information.
  • Identifying opportunities to improve service.
  • Ensuring compliance of all company procedures and policies.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Work approximately 20 hours per week, including summer.
  • Available year-round, including break periods. Work blocks should be a minimum of two hours in length.
    Experience & Skills Required:
  • A high level of computer proficiency including mastery of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, 
    and Outlook as evidenced by application materials.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Desire for continuous learning.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in critical thinking, leadership, business acumen, relationship building, teamwork 
    experience through extracurricular activities/projects, work experience or academic pursuits.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference for ability to start work immediately.
  • Previous transportation experience or enrollment in a program of study relevant to transit and/or 
  • Current student or recent graduate from Haskell or KU.
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Federal Work Study eligibility.

Additional Candidate Instruction

  • Complete On-line Application 
    • Include: Cover letter, describing your interest in the position; resume; and three references.
  • Email your responses to the following questions to Reference Intern in the 
    subject line.
    • Describe your familiarity with the functions and daily operations of First Transit, Lawrence Transit 
      Services and KU on Wheels.
    • What other time commitments will you have during the period of this appointment? Please be specific 
      about other jobs and/or obligations.
    • Will you be available during the winter and summer breaks?
  • Submit your application and materials by September 30, 2022, if you wish to be considered for this position.
  • This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Become a part of our team - Apply today!

We aspire to have a culture where all people are First. We strive to attract and retain a diverse workforce therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. First is also committed to providing a drug-free workplace. For candidates applying to positions in San Francisco or Los Angeles California, First will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance. First is an equal opportunity employer and by doing so we will sustain and promote an inclusive culture that supports future growth for all.

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55357 - Lawrence
1260 Timberedge Road, Lawrence, KS, United States, 66049
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    First Transit
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