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HBCU/MSI Internship


The N.C. Department of Transportation's HBCU/MSI Internship Program provides hands-on, real-world experience for students attending historically black colleges or universities (HBCU) or minority-serving institutions (MSI).

The 10-week summer internship program is an ideal way for graduate and undergraduate students to gain work experience with the various divisions, branches, and units within NCDOT, while learning what a career in the transportation industry can offer.  

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.

Who Should Apply?​

Recent graduates or rising juniors, seniors or graduate students enrolled full time at an accredited HBCU/MSI should apply.

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants must:

  • Be a resident of North Carolina

  • Be a 2021 graduate or rising junior, senior or graduate student
  • Have proof of enrollment at an HBCU/MSI

  • Have a strong academic record with at least a 2.5 grade point average

  • Have the legal right to work in the United States

Successful applicants have:

  • Innovative ideas for enhancing NCDOT programs and initiatives

  • Exceptional communication and organization skills

  • An interest in working on state government reform efforts

  • The flexibility to work on multiple projects simultaneously

Application Process

Applicants should carefully review the available p​ositions​ and identify the area in which they are interested in working.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Are there internships in career fields other than engineering?
    ​The N.C. Department of Transportation offers internship​s in many fields, including aviation, communications and information technology, as well as positions in the Division of Motor Vehicles, Division of Highways, Office of Civil Rights, Powell Bill Unit and Governance Office.
  • What kind of work might an intern do?
    The work and projects an intern might be involved in varies depending on the assignment. A communications intern, for example, might:
    • Draft and distribute press releases
    • Pitch story ideas to media outlets
    • Put out information on social media
    • Produce website content
    • Do research for transportation news
    • Assist with special events
    A Powell Bill intern might:
    • Help update the Powell Bill Manual
    • Update videos and tutorials
    • Use a geographic information system for Powell Bill street digitizing
    • Analyze historical data
  • Is housing available for interns?
    ​Interns are responsible for securing their own housing.
  • When will I know if I have been selected for an internship?
    ​An NCDOT team member will contact applicants whose experiences and interests match an open internship position. Interviews are generally scheduled in March and April. NCDOT cannot respond to requests for status updates due to the high number of applications received each semester.
  • Is a cover letter required?
    ​A cover letter is not required, but applicants should share their passion for the position through their resume and when answering preliminary questions during the application process.


JoAna McCoy

Program Analyst
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(919) 733-9150 (fax)

1501 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1501

5/19/2022 10:33 AM