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NCDOT's Summer Engineering Assistants Program and Cooperative Education Program offer internship positions to college students studying civil and environmental engineering. Placements are available in locations throughout the state.

Summer Engineering Assistants Program (Internship)

Summer Engineering Assistants Program offers civil, environmental or biological engineering students in good academic standing the opportunity to work one summer or consecutive summers as interns in the engineering field. Students learn about the work performed at NCDOT and gain valuable experience that counts toward eligibility for permanent employment. Based on need, there may be internship positions available for other majors also.

Positions are located statewide. Job locations depend on the availability and location of current construction projects, job requirements, and the student's needs and interests. These are paid internships. Interested students must apply online through the North Carolina State Government Employment Site.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a currently enrolled student in an associates, bachelors, or masters level civil, environmental or biological engineering program at an accredited institution
  • Based on need, other majors may also apply
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours upon employment
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0 scale)
  • Must demonstrate GPA by attaching a transcript

Work Session

May through August

Job Locations

Positions are located statewide. Job locations depend on the availability and location of current construction projects, job requirements, and the student's needs and interests. Therefore, applicants must specify desired job location in the supplemental questions section. Please make sure you indicate your location preferences when applying (receiving your location preference is not guaranteed).

To Apply

  1. Go to the North Carolina State Government Employment Site.
  2. If this is your first time to this site, you will need to create a new account and profile.
  3. Search for the position, the official position title is Summer Engineering Assistant.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Answer the required questions.
  6. Make sure you attach your unofficial transcript to your online application in the attachment section. Applicants must provide an unofficial copy of most current college transcript. Applications without current college transcript will be considered incomplete.
  7. Deadline to apply for the summer of 2014 has passed (March 14, 2014).

Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)

The Cooperative Education Program at NCDOT is a career-oriented, professional-level program for short-term training in civil engineering. The primary purpose of the program is to integrate classroom and practical experience, and is not merely financially oriented.

Co-op is an ongoing program normally beginning after the freshman year of college that encompasses a substantial portion of a student's college career. The Co-op Program at NCDOT works under the alternate plan, requiring the student to work every other semester. The assignment is usually shared by a pair of students; while one student is working on the job, the other is attending classes. Interested civil engineering students must first register with the Cooperative Education Office at their college or university, and follow the requirements set up through the school.

Eligibility and Application Process

Work Session

Year Round

Job Locations

Statewide (Please specify your desired location. Not guaranteed to receive your desired location)

To Apply after registering with your school’s Co-op office, submit the State Application to:

NC Department of Transportation
Career Services Office
1517 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1517
Telephone: (919) 707-4436
Fax: (919) 715-3469

For additional information on cooperative education opportunities, contact your campus Cooperative Education Office.

Transportation Engineering Associates (TEA) Program

This 18-24 month training and career development program was designed to accomplish three major goals for entry-level civil, environmental or biological engineers:

  • Orient the newly graduated engineer on the major functions and organization of the various highway units
  • Provide a career development plan and training program that gives the associate a broad background and practical application of highway engineering
  • Provide the NCDOT with a reservoir of professionally trained and experienced engineers who can assume management responsibilities with confidence

Eligibility and Application Process

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Civil, Environmental or Biological Engineering is required
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Recent college graduate (within two years)
  • Flexibility in job locations (statewide)
  • Good communication skills

Work Session

The TEA Program training schedule starts in January and June of each year. The associate's major area of interest is determined through counseling and the department's major needs are examined before a tentative training schedule is arranged. A training schedule can consist of the following units and/or divisions:

  • Nine months field operations: statewide assignments in Maintenance and Construction
  • Nine months of Pre-Construction assignments in Raleigh (associate must select four):
    • Roadway Design
    • Hydraulics
    • Traffic Mobility and Safety
    • Environment - Planning
    • Transportation Planning
    • Structure Design
    • Materials and Test
    • Pavement Management
    • Photogrammetry
    • Rail Division
    • Aviation Division
    • Location and Surveys (Raleigh & Statewide)

Job Locations

Statewide (Please specify your desired location. Not guaranteed to receive your desired location)

To Apply

  1. Go to the North Carolina State Government Employment Site
  2. If this is your first time to this site, you will need to create a new account and profile
  3. Search for the position, the official position title is Engineering Associate Trainee
  4. Click Apply
  5. Answer the required questions
  6. Make sure you attach your unofficial transcript to your online application in the attachment section

No late applications accepted

For additional information on TEA opportunities, contact the NCDOT Recruitment Office.

HBCU Internship Program

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Historically Black College & University (HBCU) and Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) Internship Program is a ten week summer program for students attending North Carolina HBCU/MIHE colleges and universities. Students are jointly selected through an extensive interview process administered by their respective universities and the NCDOT HBCU/MIHE Office.

The program begins in early June and concludes during the first week of August. Students are assigned throughout the department and select transportation partners across the state. Interns are assigned to such program areas as: communications, information technology, accounting, business administration, public transportation, environmental science, planning, and aviation.

The internship program is part of the department’s efforts to develop interest and attract and recruit minorities to work in the transportation industry, including the NCDOT. As an internship sponsor, the NCDOT encourages transportation curriculums within HBCU/MIHE academic programs in hopes of bridging the gap between these higher education institutions and the transportation industry.

For more information regarding the HBCU/MIHE Internship Program contact:

Everett B. Ward, Director
HBCU/MIHE Program
eward@ncdot.gov
1511 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1511
Telephone: (919) 508-1810
Fax: (919) 508-1814

Student Volunteer Program

The NCDOT offers volunteer opportunities for students interested in exploring their career development goals. Student volunteers can work a flexible schedule to accommodate their needs as well as the needs of NCDOT. There is no requirement on a minimum number of hours for this program and participants can arrange to work around classroom or other obligations.

Students can choose to work in fields they are interested in and gain exposure to new environments. All assignments are contingent upon the availability of opportunity.*

Requirements to participate in the Student Volunteer Program:

  • Currently enrolled as a high school senior, or
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited 2-year or 4-year university, college, or technical school.
  • 2.5 GPA minimum

If you are have any questions about being a student volunteer, contact:

Travis Davis, Recruitment Specialist
NCDOT – HR, Career Services
Contact Us
1517 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1517
Telephone: (919) 707-4436
Fax: (919) 715-3469

To Apply
Complete the Volunteer Information and Agreement Sheet along with current unofficial transcript and return to Travis Davis, Recruitment Specialist (contact information above)

*Note: NCDOT reserves the right to deny volunteer experience during times of unusually high workloads or when a student volunteer experience may cause extreme inefficiencies in the workplace and impede normal business operations.

College Recruitment Schedule

We provide campus recruitment at area universities.

CAREER FAIR DATES
NC State University February 6, 2013
NC A&T University
February 21, 2013
Virginia Tech February 26, 2013
North Carolina Central University February 28, 2013
UNC-Charlotte April 5, 2013

CAMPUS INTERVIEW DATES
NC State University TBD
NC A&T University
TBD
Virginia Tech TBD
North Carolina Central University TBD
UNC-Charlotte TBD

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