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Data Journalist Fellow with the U.S. Department of Transportation

Are you ready to bring transformative change to federal information production and distribution techniques? Here is a chance to influence and improve the effectiveness of data at the national level by simplifying complex problems with data and visuals that convey information in new, understandable ways. Take an appointment with our team as we lead the creation of new national transportation data information products in the era of big data, and where you build new stories about transportation and implement innovative analysis through data journalism.

You will be using, adapting and transforming data and data analysis to provide new stories about transportation. You will craft aviation, economic, freight, passenger, vehicle, and ship data into meaningful information for the public. You will learn to design and build innovative, new stories that capture emerging areas of transportation.

Award Details: 

  • Stipend: $75,000
  • Professional development: $2,500
  • Relocation: $2,000
  • Health insurance stipend: $3,000


  • U.S. citizens only
  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree


To apply, please visit

The USDOT is actively reviewing applications and is looking to fill positions as soon as qualified applicants are identified.

The start date is flexible. You may start anytime from January to June 2018. The selected applicant does not become a DOT employee.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USDOT. The appointment is full time at USDOT in the Washington, D.C., area. Participants do not become employees of USDOT, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.