Summer Transportation Institute

High school students who live in the San Jose, California area can learn about transportation careers through a free, three-week on-campus session at San Jose State University. The Summer Transportation Institute introduces students to principles of transportation systems development, construction, management, technology, intermodal systems, and environmental impact. Students come away understanding the career opportunities in the transportation industry, and they are encouraged to pursue college degrees that prepare them for transportation careers.


  • Good academic standing
  • Completed Algebra 1
  • Completed (Freshman) Science 1
  • Letter of recommendation (letters can come from teachers, advisors, mentors, coaches, etc.)

This is a valuable opportunity for high school students whether they are interested in transportation or not. They earn college credit, are exposed to university life, and get an inside look at Bay Area businesses that impact the day-to-day activities of hundreds of thousands of people. The experiences alone are a monumental takeaway. 

Register for the Mineta Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI) 2019

MTI's 2019 MSTI will be held weekdays, June 10-28, 2019. Students will earn 3 transferable college credits in Environmental Studies from San José State University, go on field trips, and engage in hands-on activities, all focused on transportation. The program is completely free and is open to high school students in the San José area. This year, there will also be a competition for up to 12 students (graduating seniors not eligible for this part of the program) to attend the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, Florida -- all expenses paid (mid-July)! Classes will take place at San José State University and Independence High School in San José. The National Flight Academy will take place July 21-26, 2019.

For more information about STI, please contact Irma Garcia.

Take a look at pictures from the 2018 MSTI program and the SJSU National Flight Academy Class of 2018-09

2019 STI Flyer

2019 Calendar of Activites

2018 Video

2017 Video

2016 Video

More about the program

MTI’s “Summer Transportation Institute” is part of the “National Summer Transportation Institute Program” funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Established in 1998, the program is designed to promote awareness of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational and career opportunities among disadvantaged and at-risk middle and high school students around the country.

Participation is free for students who have an interest in learning more about the transportation industry; its various modes – such as, highways, aviation, transit, and maritime; pathways to post-secondary education concentrating on one or more aspects of transportation; and the career opportunities available. In addition to Federal funding, the NSTI program receives support from local sponsors, such as area businesses and community-based organizations, and from the higher education institutions serving as host sites.

President Papazian's Blog on MSTI

Available Staff Positions:

2019 MSTI Program Coordinator