Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info



Seeds Program

Growing our own talent

MnDOT's Seeds Program provides paid college-level student worker positions to highly motivated minority or economically disadvantaged college students, students who are recently separated veterans and students with disabilities. The program equips and trains students for potential permanent placement at MnDOT following graduation and successful performance in the program.

As a participant in this program, students will gain firsthand knowledge and experience by working in the real world with professionals in a variety of fields. Day-to-day opportunities include participating in meetings and training classes, as well as networking with industry professionals in your chosen field of study.

MnDOT launched the Seeds Program in 1993 to help the workforce better reflect the communities MnDOT serves. Since then MnDOT has placed many successful program students into permanent, full-time positions.


  • Students may work up to 20 hours during the school year and 40 hours during summer and school breaks.


  • Rates are between $13.53 and $17.93 per hour depending on qualifications and positions available.


Students who are employed for six months or more may be eligible for the following:

  • Vacation time (may not be used during the first six months of employment)
  • Holiday pay
  • Sick leave
  • Mentoring program


To be considered for this program you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Be a college level minority* student, a student who is a recently separated veteran**, an economically disadvantaged student or a student with a disability***
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Be a student at a college, university, technical or trade school taking a minimum of six semester credits or nine quarter credits
  • Be in pursuit of a major related to MnDOT’s needs
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (3.0 for engineering majors)
  • Have at least one year or more left before graduation

*A minority student is defined as an individual who identifies themselves as an ethnic person of color.
**A recently separated veteran is defined as a veteran who has served in active military duty, on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and has been honorably discharged as shown on their DD214.
***An individual with a disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment.


We are currently accepting resumes. Read our application tips and apply! When submitting your resume, please include your anticipated graduation date and major. If applying under the Economically Disadvantaged criteria, please review income verification details as part of your application.