Summer Transportation Internship Program

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2015 interns with MnDOT commissioner Charles Zelle and CTS director Laurie McGinnis2015 interns with MnDOT commissioner Charles Zelle and CTS director Laurie McGinnis This program, offered in partnership by CTS and MnDOT, is designed to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students interested in transportation-related careers to gain real-world skills to complement their academic pursuits.

As part of the program, interns spend 10 weeks at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) gaining hands-on professional experience. Participants work on transportation-focused projects and are provided with mentoring, training, and development opportunities

Eight positions are available at the following MnDOT offices:

  • Office of Traffic, Safety and Technology, Pavement Marking Unit
  • Office of Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Modeling & Testing Unit
  • Office of Land Management, Geodetic Unit
  • Design Office, Metro Division
  • Bridge Maintenance and Inspection Unit, Metro Division
  • Bridge Office, Hydraulics Unit
  • North Area Management Unit, Metro Division
  • Office of Materials & Road Research

Additional information about each position is available on the position descriptions page. You will be asked to rank your preference for the positions as part of the application process.


  • Applicants must be undergraduate students currently pursuing degrees in civil engineering at the University of Minnesota.
  • No prior transportation-related work experience is required.
  • Applicants must be legally eligible for employment in the United States. Proof of your eligibility to work in the United States will be required.
  • Priority will be given to students completing their junior year, but sophomores may also apply.
  • Priority will be given to applicants with GPAs of 3.0 or better.
  • The program is open to all qualified applicants. Members of diverse groups are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following materials via e-mail to Kylie Bivins at For priority consideration, please submit your application by December 31. The final deadline is January 15, 2016.

  • Application form (597 KB PDF)
  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
  • Letter of recommendation (academic)
  • Statement of interest (up to two pages outlining your reasons for wanting to participate in the program, future academic and career goals, and relevant skills and experience)
  • Data practices form (85 KB PDF)

More Information

For more information, please contact Kylie Bivins at or 612-625-5608.

Participant Highlights

Student inspecting a bridge"My internship has given me the opportunity to study a topic that hasn't really been explored in-depth before, and I’ve been finding things that people weren’t really expecting. And it might change the way that we go about making work zones safer.”
—Caitlin Johnson, 2015 intern

“The best part of my summer internship was all the real-world learning that I was exposed to. Seeing various stages of different [concrete] paving jobs really helped me understand things that are needed to develop durable highways...This experience showed me problems and solutions in practice that I could not get from a classroom.”
—Justice Harvieux, 2014 intern

“Through this internship I was able to further determine what area of civil engineering I wish to focus on. It was one of the best experiences I have had while at the U of M.”
—Brandi Rajala, 2014 intern

"I was never really certain about what environmental engineering would include, but through this internship I witnessed it firsthand. My great experience at MnDOT has made me seriously consider environmental engineering as a career field."
—Jonas Bauer, 2014 intern

“This internship was a great stepping stone for me to be more prepared to face the world as an engineer in the future.”
—Sharon Wong, 2013 intern