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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.

Student Requirements

  • 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.)


Past Program Reports


Mineta Summer Transportation Institute (MSTI) 2024 

MTI's 2024 MSTI will be held weekdays, July 8-26, 2024, 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 may be required to arrive earlier or may be released later due to field trip travel constraints.

For more information about MSTI, please contact Alverina Weinardy



View 2024 Flyer in English

View 2024 Flyer in Spanish

View 2024 Flyer in Vietnamese

2022 Calendar of Activites

2023 Calendar of Activities

2023 ENVS 1 Syllabus



Important Dates* 

*Tentative dates subject to change with notification

March 18, 2024

MSTI application opens at 12:00PM (PT)

May 17, 2024

MSTI application deadline at 11:59PM (PT) 

May 17, 2024

Recommendation letters due (Example letter). Please submit to Alverina Weinardy via email ( 

*Recommendation letters must be submitted by the teacher. If a student applicant is submitting the letter, it must bear the teacher's wet signature or digitally verified signature.

June 10-14, 2024

Admittance decision


Past Institute Videos and Testimonials


2023 Video of California High-Speed Rail Construction Tour


2023 Video


2022 Video of California High-Speed Rail Construction Tour


2022 Video


2019 Video


2018 Video



SJSU Feature Story on 2022 MSTI

President Papazian's Blog on 2019 MSTI

Parent Testimonials





Contact Us

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