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I worked at Chicago Transit AuthorityPros
As an intern, I believed I experienced a lot during my time at CTA. I got the opportunity to work with different departments, and while sometimes the work was indeed mundane and I felt that the skills I brought were underutilized, the exposure that I was able to get, and the people that I was able to work with was something that I enjoyed.
Also, free public transportation!Cons
Work was often mundane, interns weren't handled efficiently (some interns would be swamped with work while others had nothing to do (and were okay with that) for weeks at a time). Some (particularly one director in general) management had unreal expectations of interns to do work that even seasoned employees couldn't do.
Even though I entered as an intern class, there was not much effort made for our class to interact and gain professional educational advancement through this experience.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Please structure the internship experience more. The better of an internship experience CTA could provide, the better their class of interns will be and the more competitive the program will become -- thereby providing CTA with very bright young minds.
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1 person found this helpfulInterview Details
There was a brief phone interview, and within a couple of weeks of the phone interview, I was asked to join in a group interview. Within that, we were divided into smaller groups and asked to solve a simple marketing case. From there, I was later invited to interview with the managers. From application submission to third round interview, it took less than a month.Interview Questions
Accepted OfferAverage Interview
- I was asked why I had a gap in my resume, even though I'm a student. Didn't expect that. Otherwise most questions were standard. Answer Question
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The CTA is focused on making its ETA. The Chicago Transit Authority operates the second-largest public transportation system in the US, behind the New York City Transit Authority. On a typical weekday, CTA passengers take about 1.6 million rides on the agency's buses and trains, which travel in and around Chicago and about 40 suburbs. The CTA operates a fleet of nearly 1,800 buses on 140 routes. Its rail system includes some 1,200 rail cars operating on 225 miles of track at more than 140 stations. The agency, created by the Illinois legislature in 1947, is part of the...