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The Office of Education Initiatives strives to develop innovative programs that expose students to STEM education and to careers in the transportation industry.

Each initiative supports K-12, college and post-graduate students with the goal of developing a talented workforce to meet North Carolina's future transportation demands.

Internship/College Programs

Cooperative Education Program 

A career-oriented, professional-level program for short-term training in civil engineering, the N.C. Department of Transportation's Cooperative Education Program's integrates classroom and practical experience for college and post-graduate students.

Under the Cooperative Program, a student works every other semester and usually share an assignment with another student. While one works on the job, another attends classes.

Who Should Apply

College and post-graduate students who have studied civil engineering and are interested in public transportation.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants must:

  • Be referred through a college/university co-op program
  • Have completed at least 24 semester hours
  • Commit to three alternating co-op sessions

Application Process

Interested applicants must first register with the cooperative education office at their college or university and then be referred to NCDOT.

They must then submit an application and unofficial transcript to:

N.C. Department of Transportation
Talent Management Office
1517 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1517

An interview might be required.

Work Session

Year-round

Location

Locations vary (applicant may specify desired location, but it is not guaranteed)

Contact Information

Dennis Franz, recruitment specialist
N.C. Department of Transportation
Talent Management Office

Send a message
(919) 707-4436

1517 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1517

Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program 

The Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program gives college and post-graduate students hands-on training in public transportation careers.

Actual training programs vary with each division or agency within the N.C. Department of Transportation, but in a typical fixed-route transit setting, apprentices might:

  • Spend time observing the general manager and the governing or advisory board as they carry out management and policy duties.
  • Participate in other duties, such as fleet maintenance and supervision; safety program development and implementation; driver supervision and dispatching; or information dissemination

With exposure to all aspects of a transit system and experience in managing public transportations, participants are also better poised to compete for jobs in the transportation field.

Participants must also complete an independent research project – or a special project – that is based on the agency's needs and the apprentice's abilities. Past projects have included evaluating system routes and schedules, studying locations for a potential transit corridor and developing staff training modules.

Who Should Apply

Graduating seniors of and recent graduates at North Carolina universities and colleges who have an interest in public transportation and have a desire to work in public transportation management.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants must plan to graduate prior to the start of the apprenticeship.

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply online through the N.C. State Government employment website and search for Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program.

Applicants must attach a college transcript and letter of reference to the online application. Applications without these will be considered incomplete.

Work Session

12 months

Location

Locations vary (specified in job announcement)

Contact Information

Richard Jones
N.C. Department of Transportation
Public Transportation Division

Send a message
(919) 707-4680

1550 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1550

Student Volunteer Program 

The N.C. Department of Transportation's Student Volunteer Program gives students wanting to pursue careers in transportation the opportunities to explore fields of interest and to learn about areas that might be unfamiliar to them.

The program offers flexible schedules to accommodate the needs of both students and NCDOT.

There is no requirement on a minimum number of hours for the program, and participants can arrange to volunteer around school and other obligations.

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

Who Should Apply

College students wanting to pursue careers in transportation.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified participants must:

  • Be enrolled as a high school senior or in an accredited two-year or four-year university, college or technical school
  • Have a minimum 2.5 grade point

Application Process

Complete the Volunteer Information and Agreement Sheet and send it, along with a current unofficial transcript, to:

N.C. Department of Transportation
Talent Management Office
1517 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1517

Work Session

NA

Location

Locations vary (applicant may specify desired location, but it is not guaranteed)

Contact Information

Dennis Franz, recruitment specialist
N.C. Department of Transportation
Talent Management Office

Send a message
(919) 707-4436

1517 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1517

Summer Engineering Assistants Program (Internship) 

The Summer Engineering Assistants Program offers paid summer internships for eligible students studying civil, environmental or biological engineering.

Participants also gain valuable experience that counts toward eligibility for permanent employment with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Internship opportunities for students with other majors might be available based on NCDOT's needs.

Who Should Apply

College and post-graduate students studying civil, environmental or biological engineering

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at an accredited institution and in an associate, bachelor's or master's level civil, environmental or biological engineering program
  • Have completed at least 24 semester hours upon employment
  • Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply online through the N.C. State Government employment website and search for Summer Engineering Assistant.

Applicants must attach a college transcript to the online application. Applications without it will be considered incomplete.

Work Session

    May through August

Location

    Locations vary and depend on availability and location of current construction projects, job requirements and the applicant's needs and interests. (Applicant may specify desired location, but it is not guaranteed.)

Contact Information

Dennis Franz, recruitment specialist
N.C. Department of Transportation
Talent Management Office

Send a message
(919) 707-4436

1517 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1517

Transportation Engineering Associates (TEA) Program 

The Transportation Engineering Associates Program gives recent graduates in civil, environmental or biological engineering the opportunity to learn about the major functions of the N.C. Department of Transportation's various highway units.

The program also provides NCDOT with a pool of professionally trained and experienced engineers who can assume management responsibilities with confidence.

As part of the program, associates also have the chance to develop a career development and training program that provides them with a broad background and practical application of highway engineering.

An associate's training scheduled is based on his or her areas of interest as well as the department's needs.

Training can consist of:

  • Nine months of field operations (statewide assignments in maintenance and construction)
  • Nine months of pre-construction assignments in Raleigh.

The associate must select work in four of the following areas:

  • Roadway design
  • Hydraulics
  • Traffic mobility and safety
  • Environmental planning
  • Transportation planning
  • Structure design
  • Materials and test
  • Pavement management
  • Photogrammetry
  • Rail Division
  • Aviation division
  • Location and surveys (Raleigh and statewide)

Who Should Apply

Post-graduate students seeking entry-level work in civil, environmental or biological engineering

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in civil, environmental or biological engineering
  • Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Be a recent college graduate (within two years)
  • Be flexible in job locations
  • Have exceptional communication and organizational skills

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply online through the N.C. State Government employment website and search for Engineering Associate Trainee.

Applicants must attach a college transcript to the online application. Applications without it will be considered incomplete.

Work Session

    18-24 months, beginning in January or June

Location

    Locations vary (applicant may specify desired location, but it is not guaranteed)

Contact Information

Dennis Franz, recruitment specialist
N.C. Department of Transportation
Talent Management Office

Send a message
(919) 707-4436

1517 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1517



HBCU/MIHE Internship Program

HBCU/MIHE Internship Program, a summer program designed to provide students with hands-on, real-world experiences with various offices at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The program is open to any student attending a historically black college or university or a minority institution of higher education.

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