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HBCU/MIHE Summer Internship Program

The N.C. Department of Transportation's HBCU/MIHE Internship Program provide hands-on, real-world experience for students attending historically black colleges or universities or minority institutions of higher education.

Throughout the summer program, interns gain knowledge, resources and expertise that they can apply to their future careers – whether at NCDOT or other organizations.

Essential components of the internship experience include professional development workshops on skills such as résumé building, business writing and networking.

Interns also work with executive and senior leadership staff and develop important connections that can be helpful in future professional endeavors.

2018 Internship

The application deadline for 2018 internship opportunities was March 29, 2018. Information about Summer 2019 opportunities and how to apply will be posted online when available.


Applicants for the internship must:

  • Be a resident of North Carolina
  • Either be a 2018 graduate or a rising junior, senior or graduate student
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited historically black colleges or universities or minority institution of higher education (proof of enrollment required, if selected)
  • Must have a strong academic record with at least a 2.5 grade-point average
  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States

Successful applicants will:

  • Have innovative ideas for enhancing NCDOT programs and initiatives
  • Have exceptional communication and organization skills
  • Have an interest in working on state government reform efforts
  • Have the flexibility to work on multiple projects simultaneously

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there internships at the N.C. Department of Transportation in career fields other than engineering? 

The N.C. Department of Transportation offers internship positions in many different fields, not just those centered on engineering. NCDOT divisions and units seeking interns include:

  • Aviation
  • Communications
  • Division of Motor Vehicles
  • Division of Highways
  • Governance
  • Information Technology
  • Office of Civil Rights
  • Powell Bill Unit
  • Rail Division
  • Right of Way
What kind of work might an intern do? 

The work and projects an intern might be involved in varies, depending on the business unit. A communications intern, for example, might:

  • Draft and distribute press releases
  • Pitch story ideas to media outlets
  • Use social media
  • Produce website content
  • Do research for transportation news
  • Assist with special events

A Powell Bill intern might:

  • Assist in the creation of the Powell Bill Manual
  • Update videos and tutorials
  • Use GIS for Powell Bill street digitizing
  • Analyze historical data
Where does NCDOT offer internships? 

Internships are offered in multiple offices across North Carolina and are determined by the needs of the requesting business units.

Is housing available for interns? 

If selected for an internship, you are responsible for securing your own housing.

When will I know if I was selected for an internship? 

Due to the high number of applications the HBCU/MIHE Internship Program receives each semester, NCDOT is unable to respond to individual requests for status updates.

A NCDOT team member, however, will contact you if your experiences and interests match an open internship position. Interviews are generally scheduled in March and April.

Is a cover letter required? 

A cover letter is not required. When applying for an internship, please share your passion for the position through your resume and in the answers to the preliminary questions that are asked.