Civil Engineering Internship Program Position Descriptions

The following are examples of previously offered internship positions in a variety of MnDOT offices.


Office of Project Management and Technical Support: The intern worked on a variety of tasks in different units in the Design Support Section. In the Site Development Unit, the intern visited construction sites for inspections, measurement, and construction meetings for historic structures. They completed office documentation of construction activities, meeting minutes, calculations, field change orders, and collaborated on approvals. In the Geometric Design Support Unit, the intern was involved in the layout review process, worked on the efficiencies of the Design Memo documents pertaining to naming-convention-related searches and re-filing, and General GDSU Support. In the Design Standards Unit, the intern also worked on historical standards document reviews, organization, and preparation for web posting as well as current standards review and research. In the Value Engineering (VE) Unit, the intern created a VE database from projects that have completed VE studies.

Bridge Maintenance and Inspection Unit, Metro Division: The intern helped with bridge safety inspection (routine and fracture critical), damage inspection (bridge hits) as they occurred, sign structure inspection, retaining and noise wall inspections, and updating database quantities within our SIMS (Structure Information Management System) system. SIMS is a computer-based inspection database for Minnesota’s bridges. This job entailed working in confined and high spaces.

Bridge Office, Hydraulics Unit: The intern was exposed to and assigned tasks related to the following: river mapping and 3D underwater scanning (including operating a boat and trailer), basic hydrology and hydraulics, drainage computer applications (specifically assisting with the HydInfra database), drainage standards, and specifications and manuals.

Office of Environmental Stewardship, Modeling and Testing Unit: The intern helped with a wide variety of field sampling, including oil tank samples, water and air quality sampling, and paint and other material samples. The intern also had the opportunity to assist with conducting noise measurements at specified locations throughout the state. The intern assisted with the development of reports and studies using Microsoft Word and Excel. They also assisted with the use of traffic noise models to determine current and future noise levels.

Metro Design, Metro District: The intern was involved with the scoping, pre-design, and final design phases of project development, which included applying MnDOT design policies and standards in the 2D/3D modeling of highway infrastructure to be presented on geometric layouts and construction plans. They also coordinated with other functional groups in the department as well as public/private stakeholders on project scoping, scheduling, documentation, and quality control.

Metro Inspection, Metro District: The intern was responsible for taking orders of bituminous and concrete plant inspections. The intern also helped with summaries, reporting, and exceptions of bituminous and concrete materials and their specifications.

Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC), Metro District: The RTMC dispatcher intern duties included locating roadway incidents on traffic camera, deploying overhead message boards, dispatching FIRST trucks by radio, and other transportation-related projects. This opportunity worked to establish and maintain a traffic management system that provides optimal performance, safety of the motoring public and incident response personnel, reasonable delays, and timely information regarding roadway conditions to the traveling public.