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MDOT Internship Program (former Co-Op Program) - Bureau of Transportation Planning

October 22, 2021

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.

This posting is for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in the Bureau of Transportation Planning.  The work assignments will be located in the MDOT offices/sites in Lansing (Ingham and Eaton Counties).

The Statewide Transportation Planning Division (STPD) plays a critical role in achieving the bureau’s primary function – keeping Michigan eligible for federal aid – and is involved in numerous processes that support transportation program development statewide. STPD administers the Capital Construction Program for state trunkline, which includes estimating state and federal revenues anticipated to be available, distributing federal aid for state and local highway programs, developing strategies for allocating monies to program categories (road, bridge, safety, etc.), working with the MDOT regions and program managers to identify projects to be undertaken, and monitoring and reporting progress toward capital program goals. STPD is responsible for administering the metropolitan planning process in the fourteen designated urbanized areas around the state and coordinating program development in the rural parts of the state. The division is also responsible for providing travel demand modeling analysis, air quality analysis, project level traffic analysis, and economic analysis for MDOT’s transportation programs. STPD implements innovative technology and practices to streamline processes and deliver products in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Typical Work Assignments within STPD
 In an on-the-job training capacity, work assignments could include performing entry and intermediate level work, including but not limited to:

  • Assist with the Five-Year Transportation Program (5YTP) presentation development for the State Transportation Commission.
  • Assist with 5YTP public comment summary and responses.
  • Assist with Call for Project analysis, such as cost per lane mile tables, and with the review of candidate projects.
  • Assist with funding monitoring reports for trunkline and local templates.
  • Review federal and state revenues and assist with trend analysis updates.
  • Assist the legislative policy specialists with review and analysis of state and federal legislation and policies.
  • Assist the legislative policy specialists in drafting letters to the federal register or legislature.
  • Assist the nonmotorized program staff in Act 51 compliance and training coordination.
  • Assist in the development of the State Long-Range Transportation Plan.
  • Assist in the development and analysis of the Attitudes and Perceptions survey.

The Asset Management and Policy Division (AMPD) assists the Michigan State Transportation Commission and Executive Management Team as they develop policies and help facilitate policy implementation. The division provides staff support to the Transportation Asset Management Council, analyzes state and federal transportation legislation, and assists with policy and planning for nonmotorized and freight transportation, including planning for a new lock at the Soo Locks. It also provides policy work for emerging areas of interest, such as connected and automated vehicles, and resilience. The division is also responsible for developing the department’s federally funded Transportation Asset Management Plan.

Typical Work Assignments within AMPD:
 In an on-the-job training capacity, work assignments could include performing entry and intermediate level work, including but not limited to:

  • Assist the legislative policy specialists with review and analysis of state and federal legislation and policies
  • Assist the legislative policy specialists in drafting letters to the federal register or legislature.
  • Assist the nonmotorized program staff in Act 51 compliance and training coordination.   

The Data Inventory and Integration Division (DIID) is responsible for data management activities and the implementation of technology associated with the collection, distribution, analysis, reporting, and mapping of Michigan’s Transportation infrastructure and performance data to support asset management, capitol programming, and ensure funding eligibility. The primary focus is on traffic/travel information, pavement condition, and the department-wide implementation of Geospatial centric solutions.

Typical Work Assignments within DIID:
 In an on-the-job training capacity, work assignments could include performing entry and intermediate level work, including but not limited to:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS):

  • Learn and perform the daily tasks of a GIS professional.
  • Learn how GIS and geospatial data supports ongoing MDOT business.
  • Design ArcGIS online applications.
    • Dashboards
    • Real time reporting applications
    • Story maps
    • Collector applications
  • Develop GIS services.
    • Map services
    • Feature services
    • Geodatabase services
    • Data services
  • Learn to design business and technology project workflows.
  • Gain an understanding of Linear Referencing Systems.
  • Assist staff in the maintenance of enterprise geodatabases.
    • Design event and feature class schemas
    • Manage business data via Event Editor
    • Create domains
    • Validate datasets
    • Post and reconcile editing versions
    • Field data collection experience

Data Collection & Reporting 

  • Learn about MDOT traffic and pavement data collection activities and reporting requirements.
  • Learn about the Transportation Data Management System and the various modules used to analyze and report data.
  • Learn about the systems used to retain and perform QA/QC on traffic and pavement data.
  • Learn how data is field collected and uploaded into TDMS and PaveMaPP.
  • Learn to generate data reports to support ongoing MDOT business.
  • Perform QC work on traffic count data.
  • Review, upload, and edit data in the traffic count database.
  • Coordinate traffic count scheduling with local transportation and planning agencies.
  • Maintain and improve traffic segmentation in GIS environment.

2022 Pay Rates
First Year:  $16.66/hour
Second Year:  $18.11/hour
Third Year:  $18.62/hour
Fourth Year:  $19.16/hour
Fifth Year:  $19.53/hour
Sixth Year:  $20.12/hour 


Required Education and Experience


  • 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
  • Previous semester official college transcript and current course schedule to be attached to the online application (college transcript is not required for first semester/term students).
  • Final 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.
  • 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, 2022 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

Questions or comments?
Contact: Internship Coordinator, e-mail address


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