Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics

Summer High School Transportation Institute


The Summer High School Transportation Institute (STI) is an enriching educational opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors. Since its first STI program in 1993, N.C. A&T’s Transportation Institute has introduced hundreds of high school students to careers and academic pursuits in transportation. Many individuals have gone on to have successful careers with Fortune 500 companies and government entities. As the oldest National Summer Transportation Institute program in the nation, N.C. A&T is proud to have earned a reputation for offering an exceptional quality educational experience.

Historically, the demand for people with managerial, technical and STEM skills far exceeds the supply in the transportation field. That demand remains strong today. As a result, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the N.C. A&T Transportation Institute have made recruiting bright young minds to the field a priority in an effort to help build a strong foundation for the future transportation industry workforce.

During the summer STI experience, usually conducted in-person on the N.C. A&T campus, students are exposed to supply chain management, the various modes of transportation and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topics and disciplines. They also conduct personal development activities through classroom instruction, group projects and on-site field trips.

A typical summer schedule would include classroom lectures by private business and education professionals, local and out-of-town field trips, group projects, SAT preparation, personal development activities and a Toastmasters' participation. 

Summer 2024

The 2024 Summer Transportation Institute will take place from July 7th-July 24th, 2024. The program will residential, so students will live on campus for two and a half weeks and get a taste of the Aggie experience, including dorm life, campus food, recreational facilities, and more. The program is completely free, including food, lodging, and travel. While we must do a significant amount of planning in advance, including accept and vet applications, the program is contingent upon funding confirmation. 

2024 Applications Now CLOSED

Applications for the 2024 program closed on April 12th, 2024. Decisions will be made by May 20th, 2024 and all applicants will be contacted.

Please contact project director Nicholas Allen with any questions. 

Past Institutes

Visit the STI Facebook page to learn more about the students' experiences here

  • View a slideshow detailing activities and participants of the 2023 STI program here. 
  • View a slideshow detailing activities and participants of the 2022 STI program here.
  • View a slideshow detailing activities and participants of the 2021 STI program here.