The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) offers statewide paid internship opportunities to students in a variety of majors, predominantly in engineering, science, and technology fields; however, PennDOT does more than just road construction and snow removal. PennDOT is a customer-driven service organization responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Pennsylvania's multimodal transportation system.
You may be able to obtain academic credit through participation in PennDOT's internship program. Ask your academic advisor if your college offers credit for paid internships. Join the PennDOT team as a student intern and gain valuable experience to lay the foundation for a rewarding career!
PennDOT Summer Interns enjoy opportunities in various areas of PennDOT operations. Internship opportunities associated with this posting will be headquartered throughout PennDOT's Engineering Districts. Refer to the supplemental questionnaire for specific county employment. Although all assignments may not be offered in every location, additional examples of work and special projects may be available, so apply today!
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Historically, PennDOT interns have been enrolled in the following majors:
Engineering majors: Civil, Mechanical, Architectural, Civil Structural, Hydraulic, Civil Engineering Systems, Welding, Surveying, Industrial, Materials, Aerospace, OR any engineering discipline with anticipation of obtaining 24 credits in Civil Engineering or Engineering Technology.
Engineering Technology majors: Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical, Architectural, Structural, Contracting Building and Construction, Electrical, or Electronics. Majors in career studies with anticipation of obtaining at least 12 credit hours in Drafting, Design, Surveying, and other related courses are also acceptable.
Construction – participate in the inspection, materials testing, and completion of documentation associated with highway and bridge construction projects.
Maintenance – serve on Systematic Technique to Analyze and Manage Pennsylvania Pavement (STAMPP) survey crews engaged in the collection of roadway condition data utilized in Department maintenance efforts. A limited number of positions in the roadside development program provide experience in vegetation and soils management.
Design – gain experience in structural analysis, plans preparation, and other drafting and design functions related to roadway and bridge design processes.
Non-engineering majors: Accounting, Information Systems Technology/Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Science, Public Policy/Administration, Business Administration/Management, Communications, Public Relations, Planning, etc.
Human Resources – engage in talent acquisition/recruitment activities, data analysis for training development, and the coordination and implementation of succession-planning initiatives.
Fiscal – aid in inventory management and stock room operations, expense voucher/travel reimbursement preparation, reconciliation functions, data entry for proper account charge back, maintenance of spreadsheets and preparation of business warehouse reports.
Communications – perform public relations support duties, including writing and proofing various public service announcements, newsletters, and press releases distributed to PennDOT business partners and other media outlets throughout the geographic region.
Depending on workload demands and availability, internship opportunities may also be offered in the Traffic, Environmental, and SurveyUnits among other areas of District operations.
Students who are interested in a PennDOT internship must meet all of the following requirements:
Be currently enrolled in college full-time (carrying 12 or more undergraduate credits, or 9 or more graduate credits).
Be enrolled full-time for the upcoming fall semester by the start of the internship in an applicable major.
Be in good academic standing (2.0 Grade Point Average [GPA] or higher).
Have already completed their first year in a two-year associates degree program or a four-year bachelor's degree program.
About PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is responsible for planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining approximately 40,000 state-operated roadways and nearly 25,400 bridges statewide. PennDOT also oversees public transit, passenger rail, rail freight, ports, and aviation. This is an enormous task requiring innovative solutions for today’s needs. Additionally, PennDOT administers the state’s nearly 12 million vehicle registrations and 10.3 million driver licenses and ID cards. Pennsylvanians rely on PennDOT to keep them moving when and where they want with minimal inconvenience. To meet this critical mission, PennDOT needs individuals with a driving commitment to excellence and public service.