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Major Capital Projects Associate

The Major Capital Projects Associates Program is a two-year rotational program at The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey open to recent graduates. During the first year, Associates rotate through different Major Capital Projects (MCP) disciplines, like: Construction Management, Project Management, Budget, Cost Management, Safety, Infrastructure, Project Development, Procurement, and Claims Management.  During the second year, Associates focus on one specific discipline within MCP. In addition to gaining hands-on experience and becoming part of the team in each rotation, the MCP Associates Program also provides opportunities to work alongside seasoned professionals, training, and mentorship.  

Even though this is a rotational program, Associates are full-time, permanent employees with a yearly salary and benefits. After successful completion of the program, Associates stay within the MCP department and are promoted to Project Engineer.  

About the Major Capital Projects Department:  

Major Capital Projects oversees program/construction management for the World Trade Center site; construction of new facilities (i.e. 2 World Trade Center), associated streets and infrastructure; pump station rehabilitation; replacement of the Midtown Bus Terminal; and construction of the two new Hudson River Tunnels.  


While there’s no typical day for an Associate because rotations vary, some examples of responsibilities include:  

  • Daily monitoring of contractor activities
  • Performing code required special inspections (i.e. steel bolting, fire alarm testing, hydrostatic pressure tests, concrete placement, and rebar inspections)
  • Coordination of work with facility operations staff
  • Performing independent engineer’s estimates
  • Attending update meetings
  • Reviewing construction schedules and look-aheads
  • Reviewing jobsite safety


  • Recent graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Experience with Microsoft apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams,       SharePoint, OneDrive, etc.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Interest in contributing to the success of the New York and New Jersey region
  • Interest in public service and/or transportation
  • Willingness to learn


  • Major in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Finance, History, Law, or a related discipline