Justin Thomas, a senior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, is one of the many students interning with the N.C. Department of Transportation this summer through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions of Higher Education Program. Majoring in supply chain management, he is interning in the Project Development and Environmental Analysis unit with NCDOT.
Thomas credits the career fair at his college for helping him land the internship. After following up with the department, Thomas was given the summer position. Since working for NCDOT, Thomas has had the opportunity to work along engineers and get a feel of what it's like to do this for a career.
"I assist the engineers in doing things like making spread sheets and writing documents," says Thomas. "I also contact consultants on a daily basis."
Thomas credits the internship for opening up his eyes to the "real word" and helping him develop lifelong skills he can use.
"This internship has given me an insight as to how corporate works, such as being professional," says Thomas. "I have learned how to correctly write documents, how to be proper, how to stay organized and everyday communication skills that are necessary. This is definitely a step up from a regular job," he concludes.
NCDOT's HBCU/MIHE Internship Program is a ten-week program designed to provide students with hands-on, real-world experiences with various offices at NCDOT. The program prepares students attending an HBCU/MIHE with the knowledge, resources and expertise that they can apply to future positions with NCDOT and/or other professions.