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Job Description

  What happens if a semi hits an overhead highway bridge? How do you test the asphalt on the roads? How do you survey land to improve road expansion? To learn the answers to these questions and gain valuable hands-on experience, apply to the MDOT Internship Program! MDOT has an extensive variety of career opportunities to choose from. Whether you like to travel across the state working at various road construction sites or be creatively designing on a computer - MDOT can put you in a work environment where you will have new learning opportunities and thrive.

The MDOT Internship Program offers undergraduate/graduate students the opportunity to gain work experience, develop professional competence and long-range career goals, integrate work experiences with academic knowledge, and establish a professional network.

Work locations for the Bureau of Bridges and Structures (BoBS), Bureau of Development (BOD) and Bureau of Field Serivces (BFS) are in the Lansing area and consist of offices and field sites. You determine your destination once you apply! Work assignments will be taken into consideration based on the first, second, and third work area that you choose in the supplemental questions. Click HERE for more information about the different work areas.

In an on-the-job training capacity, work assignments could include performing entry and intermediate level work, including but not limited to inspection, testing, surveying, design plans, and project administration for MDOT's road, bridge, and facilities programs.

2021 Pay Rates
First Year: $16.17/hour
Second Year: $17.57/hour
Third Year: $18.07/hour
Fourth Year: $18.59/hour
Fifth Year: $18.96/hour
Sixth Year: $19.53/hour

 Required Education and Experience

  • Open to all undergraduate/graduate students currently enrolled and studying in the engineering and technology fields with priority to Civil Engineering, Civil Technology, Construction Management, and Land Surveying.
  • Cumulative GPA must be a 2.0 or higher.
  • First year: Students can apply now, but must have earned a minimum of 24 semester credits or 36 term credits before entry into the program in May.
  • Subsequent years: Returning students must show reasonable accumulation of credits, up to the maximum number of years allowed in the program (six years). Student must have earned at least the following number of credits for each returning year:
    • 2nd year - 36 semester credits or 51 term credits
    • 3rd year - 48 semester credits or 66 term credits
    • 4th year - 60 semester credits or 81 term credits
    • 5th year - 72 semester credits or 96 term credits
    • 6th year - 84 semester credits or 111 term credits
  • Last semester official college transcript and current course schedule to be attached to the on-line application (college transcript is not required for first semester/term students).
  • Final official transcript must be provided to maintain employment.

Failure to meet the above requirements for new and returning students may result in forfeiting any rights of consideration for employment or, if hired, may lead to dismissal.Additional Requirements and Information

  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate progression in the program by enrolling and successfully completing classes and courses that are consistent with their area of study.
  • The program may require a Certification in Federal Material Testing and Sampling Methods (involves passing a written and proficiency exam to be completed after hire.)
  • Participation in the program could lead to a permanent position within the Michigan Department of Transportation for college seniors after successful completion of the season and satisfactory performance.

The department reserves the right to close this posting prior to its original end date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Click here for more information on the MDOT Internship Program.

This is a seasonal program that runs from approximately May 1 - October 31, 2021 and includes the following benefits:

  • Overtime compensation (per SEIU bargaining agreement)
  • Competitive pay rates
  • Flexible work schedules (contingent upon operational need)
  • Holiday pay
  • 16 hours of initial annual leave
  • Accrue annual and sick leave every pay period (per SEIU bargaining agreement)
  • 401K benefits