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College – Guide to Pathway Success

Several internship opportunities are available to sophomore, junior and senior college students who are interested in working with the N.C. Department of Transportation. Opportunities include working in communications, human resources, information technology, planning and other areas.

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 associate, bachelor's and/or master's degree in STEM-related fields

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

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 primary purpose is to integrate classroom and practical experience.

Under the Cooperative Program, students work every other semester. A student usually shares his or her assignment with another student, and while one 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 then follow the requirements set up through the school.

Eligibility and Application Process

Work Session


Job Locations

    Statewide (You may specify your desired location, but it is not guaranteed.)

To apply after registering with your school’s co-op office, submit the state application to:

    N.C. 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.

Public Transportation Internship/Apprenticeship Program 

The Public Transportation Internship/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 an undergraduate degree and have the desire to work in the field of public transportation management. The program offers hands-on training and experience to develop a pool of qualified workers for the future of North Carolina's public transportation industry.

The Apprenticeship Program consists of two major components:

  • An orientation of all aspects of public transportation services. 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. Apprentices might also participate in other duties, such as fleet maintenance and supervision, safety program development and implementation, driver supervision and dispatching, information dissemination. Actual training programs vary with each agency.
  • Completing an independent research project or a special project. The agency and the apprentice determine projects based on the agency's needs and the apprentice's abilities. Past projects have included system route and schedule evaluations, studies of potential transit corridor locations and the development of staff training modules.

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

Student Volunteer Program 

The N.C. Department of Transportation's Student Volunteer Program gives students wanting to pursue transportation careers the opportunity to explore fields they are interested in and to gain exposure to new areas.

The program offers flexible schedules to accommodate the needs of both the student 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.

Requirements to participate in the Student Volunteer Program:

  • Currently enrolled as a high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year university, college or technical school
  • 2.5 GPA minimum

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

Dennis Franz, Recruitment Specialist
NCDOT – HR, Talent Management
Send a message
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 and send it along with a current unofficial transcript, to Travis Davis, Recruitment Specialist (contact information above). All assignments are contingent upon the availability of opportunity.

    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 

The Summer Engineering Assistants Program offers paid summer internships for eligible students studying civil, environmental or biological engineering gain valuable experience that counts toward eligibility for permanent employment with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Based on need, there might also be internship positions available for other majors.

Positions are statewide, and job locations depend on the availability and location of current construction projects, job requirements and the student's needs and interests.

Interested students must apply online through the North Carolina State Government employment website.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a student currently enrolled at an accredited institution and in an associate, bachelor's or master's level civil, environmental or biological engineering program
  • 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 and 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. Apply online at the North Carolina State Government employment website.
  2. Search for the position, the official position title is Summer Engineering Assistant.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. Answer the required questions.
  5. 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 – HR, Talent Management
Send a message
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 summer program designed to provide students with hands-on, real-world experiences with various offices at the N.C. Department of Transportation.

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