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College – Guide to Pathway Success

Several internship opportunities are available to sophomore, junior and senior students interested in working with the NC Department of Transportation. We need students in areas such as communications, human resources, information technology, planning, and many others.

Declaring a discipline in a four year engineering program Participating in internship/ apprenticeship programs with NCDOT Participating in undergraduate/ graduate student engineering organizations Developing mentor partnerships with NCDOT staff Obtaining an Associates, Bachelors and/ or Masters degree in STEM related fields

For more information on the guide above, please Contact Ashley Goolsby.

College Programs

Cooperative Education Program 

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).

After registering with your school’s co-op office, mail the State Application to the address below.

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

Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program 

The Apprenticeship Program provides exposure to all aspects of a transit system and allows apprentices to gain experience in managing public transportation operations. With hands-on training and experience, apprentices are better able to assess public transportation careers and to compete for jobs. The 12-month Apprenticeship Program provides work experience and learning opportunities to recent college graduates who have earned their undergraduate degree and have the desire to work in the field of public transportation management. Offering hands-on training and experience, the Apprenticeship Program helps develop a pool of qualified workers for the future of the state's public transportation industry.

Graduating seniors at North Carolina universities and colleges with an interest in public transportation are encouraged to apply for the Apprenticeship Program. To be eligible, students must plan to graduate prior to the start of their apprenticeship.

The 12-month Apprenticeship Program consists of two major components:

  • An orientation of all aspects of public transportation services. In a typical fixed-route transit setting, apprentices may spend time observing the general manager and the governing or advisory board as they carry out management and policy duties. They may also participate in other duties such as fleet maintenance and supervision, safety program development and implementation, driver supervision and dispatching, information dissemination, etc. Actual training programs vary with each agency; and
  • Completion of independent research or a special project. The agency and the apprentice determine projects based on the agencies needs and the abilities of the apprentice. Past projects have included system route and schedule evaluations, studies of potential transit corridor locations and the development of staff training modules.

Click here to access application materials

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

To Apply

    Complete the Volunteer Information and Agreement Sheet along with current unofficial transcript and return to Dennis Franz, Recruitment Specialist (contact information at the bottom of this section).

    * 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.

Summer Engineering Assistants Program 

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.

For questions about any of the above college programs, contact:

    Dennis Franz, Recruitment Specialist
    NCDOT Talent Management Office
    Contact Us
    1517 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1517
    Telephone: (919) 707-4436
    Fax: (919) 715-3469

HBCU Internship Program

The HBCU/MIHE Internship Program is a ten week program designed to provide students with hands-on, real world experiences with various offices at the NC Department of Transportation.

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