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Summer Transportation Institute
The Summer Transportation Institute invites Bay Area high school students to learn about transportation careers in a free, three-week on-campus session at San Jose State University. Regardless of their initial interest in transportation, students will be excited about earning college credit while getting an inside look at businesses impacting the day-to-day activities of hundreds of thousands of people. 

A series of comprehensive, fun projects, academic lectures, and eye-opening field trips to local business and transit agencies exposes students to the principles of transportation systems. An introduction to university life and key concepts related to transportation development, construction, business management, technology, intermodal systems, and environmental impact encourages students to pursue college degrees that prepare them for transportation careers.


  • Good academic standing (2.0 or better)
  • Completed Algebra 1
  • Completed (Freshman) Science 1
  • Letter/email of recommendation (letters can come from teachers, advisors, mentors, coaches, etc.)

Mineta Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI) 2022 

MTI's 2022 MSTI will be held weekdays, July 18 - August 5, 2022 (new dates), M-F 9am-3pm* at San José State University. While engaging in stimulating hands-on STEM activities and venturing on exciting local field trips, students will learn about transportation innovation and earn 3 transferable college credits in Environmental Studies from San José State University. This program is completely free and open to high school students. 

*On specific occasions and with notice students maybe required to arrive earlier or may be released later due to field trip travel constraints.

SJSU requires students to be vaccinated. Participants will be asked to provide proof of vaccination to attend classes.

For more information about MSTI, please contact Hilary Nixon

View 2022 Flyer in English

View 2022 Flyer in Cantonese

View 2022 Flyer in Mandarin

View 2022 Flyer in Spanish

View 2022 Flyer in Vietnamese

2019 Calendar of Activites

MSTI Assessment Report (2021)

Important Dates* 

*Please note that the dates have been changed to reflect the new program dates. 

May 23, 2022

MSTI application deadline at 11:59PM (PT) 

June 3, 2022

Recommendation letters due (Example letter)

June 6-10, 2022

Admittance decision


Past Institute Videos and Testimonials


2019 Video


2018 Video


President Papazian's Blog on MSTI

Parent Testimonials



Contact Us

SJSU Research Foundation   210 N. 4th Street, 4th Floor, San Jose, CA 95112    Phone: 408-924-7560   Email: