MDOT Internship Program

  • Application Deadline: 07/01/21
  • Company: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
  • Location: Remote

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).

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

  • 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.

Asset Management and Policy:

  • 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.  

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.