The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is pleased to highlight our impactful Women In Transportation Initiative (WITI) and its internship participant Patricia Arcuri.
From Left to Right: Claudia Arnold, AEG Fuels (Left) Patricia Arcuri, WITI Intern (Center); Adriana Clark, Southeast SBTRC Project Director (Right)
Patricia Arcuri, a recent graduate of Miami-Dade College, was one of OSDBU’s Southeast Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center’s (SBTRC) WITI Internship program participants. While pursuing a bachelor's degree in Applied Sciences of Supervision and Management at Miami-Dade College, Patricia did not expect launching a career in the field of transportation until participating in the WITI Internship program and was assigned to AEG Fuels (AEG). She soon realized the enormous impact this industry has on the U.S. and global economies. Patricia also discovered opportunities the field of transportation offers in other industries. WITI motivated Patricia to cultivate as a professional while broadening her horizons in a field she can now call conventional.
Since interning with AEG, Patricia has been offered a full-time position as a Billing Specialist with AEG. The WITI Internship and career opportunity with AEG has opened her eyes to how the transportation industry operates, specifically in the area of Aviation. Patricia expressed, “I am very grateful to the USDOT, OSDBU Southeast Region SBTRC for the opportunity I was given to participate in the WITI program because it introduced me to an exciting world I did not know about in transportation. The transportation industry is fascinating and provides various opportunities for professional development for women with different skills and abilities. Thus, I would encourage every woman to consider the transportation industry as the door to a challenging and exciting new world of endless opportunities for both professional and personal development.”
WITI is an internship program available in all 13 OSDBU regions, enabling young women from colleges and universities across the country to participate. Miami-Dade College serves as OSDBU’s Southeast Region SBTRC. The SBTRC provides services to small businesses in the transportation industry in the states of Alabama, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information on the SBTRC, please click here.