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Jobs and Internships

Thursday, April 7, 2022


BTS is currently hiring for several positions. For the positions immediately below, we have Direct Hire Authority:

NOTE: Direct Hire positions are not listed on USAJobs. Email resumes directly to

  • A leading Freight Expert to transform the current Department of Transportation freight programs. (GS 13 – 14, direct hire authority for economics/statistics series)
  • A Modeler who can reimagine the current freight and economic models using the latest techniques in statistics, economics and/or data science (GS 12 – 14, direct hire authority for economics/statistics series)
  • A Mathematical Statistician who will participate in national surveys and improve statistical program (GS 12 – 14, direct hire authority)



Ready to work on the intersection of data analytics and transportation? Want to help transform the way data and statistics inform policy decisions? BTS is the principal federal statistical agency within the Department of Transportation, leading the department in data analytics, survey design and data-driven research. We provide independent, objective, comprehensive and relevant information to decision makers and the public; your work in the positions below will help us examine the extent and use of America’s transportation systems, how those systems perform, and transportation's impacts.

The selected individuals will have opportunities to guide national surveys, perform research on statistical methodology to enhance data quality and usability, direct innovations to improve efficiency and timeliness of data collection and production, lead BTS privacy and confidentiality efforts, oversee and manage contracts, and represent BTS in various settings.

Applications in all areas of statistics and data science are welcome. For questions or more information, please contact


The BTS Fellows program prepares a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of individuals to address science, technology and policy issues related to transportation systems, and enhances the future workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to transportation and statistics agencies.  BTS Fellows become members of teams working on topics of national importance and will become part of the future supply of individuals with specific experience in national and international transportation statistics, data science, research and policy. Some go on to join the USDOT as staff members; others will collaborate with USDOT scientists from academic or other positions; and all will make professional contributions in areas of importance to the USDOT mission.

BTS Fellows receive a highly competitive stipend, health insurance subsidy, travel and moving reimbursement, and an allowance for education, scientific activities and professional development. Fellows join BTS for a one-to-three-year appointment at the USDOT.

BTS is currently seeking people interested in bringing transformative change to the Federal Government. These post-graduate research and developmental opportunities will infuse fresh perspective, skills, and methodologies regularly into BTS processes, products, and initiatives. Fellow appointments are listed at Fellow Opportunities.


BTS also hosts internship positions. Interns work closely with BTS professional staff and become engaged in high profile statistical and research projects involving data from across the nation's transportation system. This includes collection and analysis of national and state level transportation data on passenger and freight movements, airline performance, maritime operations, and economic indicators. Interns can also work on statistical methodology challenges and presentation of findings from geospatial data analysis. As part of BTS, the National Transportation Library also deploys graduate students to identify data sources and build national knowledge networks.