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Civil Engineering Internship Program

2018 Civil Engineering Internship Program Students

2018 Civil Engineering Internship Program Students

This program, offered in partnership by CTS and MnDOT, is designed to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students interested in transportation-related careers to gain real-world skills to complement their academic pursuits.

As part of the program, interns spend 10 weeks in paid positions at MnDOT gaining hands-on professional experience. Participants work on transportation-focused projects and are provided with mentoring, training, and development opportunities.

2018 Intern Emily from the Office of Land Management

In 2020, positions will be available in several MnDOT offices, working in areas ranging from design, construction, and traffic to water resources and land surveying. To provide the best match between students and MnDOT, you will be asked to rank your preference for working in specific topic areas as part of the application process.

Learn about our current internship opportunities

January - March


Internship interviews take place between January and March


Internship begins

Internship program typically starts in the second or third week of May


MnDOT tour

Interns may tour and learn about other MnDOT departments or modes of transportation.


CTS tour

In partnership with the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies, interns learn about the transportation research that is happening at the campus.


Internship ends

Before the end of the summer, interns participate in an end-of-the-summer debrief.

  • Applicant must be an undergraduate student currently pursuing a B.S. in civil or construction engineering.
  • Applicant must be legally eligible for employment in the United States. Proof of your eligibility to work in the United States will be required.
  • Student must be taking two or more classes per semester/quarter. Any lesser credit (class) load shall be treated as a semester/quarter off. You will be asked to complete an   Educational Verification form prior to the appointment.
  • Priority will be given to students completing their junior year, but sophomores may also apply.
  • Priority will be given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The program is open to all qualified applicants. Members of diverse groups are encouraged to apply
  • No prior transportation-related work experience is required.

Prepare your application

If you meet the minimum qualifications, send an email to Denise Hals with the following:

  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Statement of Interest (up to two pages outlining your reasons for wanting to participate in the program, future academic and career goals, and relevant skills and experience)

University of Minnesota students

If you are a civil or construction engineering student attending the University of Minnesota and are interested in applying, please apply at cts.umn.edu/education/internship.

Non-University of Minnesota students

If you are civil or construction engineering student who does not attend the University of Minnesota and are interested in applying, please apply at mn.gov/mmb/careers. Job ID: 42004