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Engineering Intern - Suffolk, VA

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What drives you?  Whether it's knowing the work you do makes a difference, having a great work/life balance, working on exciting and challenging projects, leading innovation and championing change or simply working with a great group of people who are committed to professionalism. At the Virginia Department of Transportation, we have something for you.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Hampton Roads District is currently searching for students to join our Engineering Internship Program.  VDOT’s Internship Program gives Interns exposure to the diverse types of work the Department performs and prepares them for a future career in transportation. This program also gives Interns hands-on job assignments and the opportunity to work closely with a diverse group of professionals, with structured training opportunities that align with VDOTs current and projected workforce needs.

Summer Work Experience:

Interns spend the summer working on unique projects and activities. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to network with other interns. VDOT is seeking students majoring in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Materials Engineering or related engineering discipline with a focus or concentration in transportation to work in areas such as Traffic Engineering, Construction, Materials, Structure and Bridge, Environmental, Residency Operations, Location and Design, and Maintenance. We are seeking candidates with strong analytical skills, interpersonal and presentation skills, customer service, time management and organizational skills.

The Hampton Roads District encompasses nine counties and 11 cities, from Greensville in the west to James City in the north to Accomack in the northeast and Virginia Beach in the southeast with more than 730 miles of primary roads, almost 4,000 miles of secondary roads, 4,700 miles of urban, and 160 miles of Interstates.

The posted Hiring Range applies to both undergraduate and graduate candidates.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this recruitment.

We have Shared Values and a Code of Ethics. Your success in our organization depends upon modeling these values, therefore please review them and, if in agreement, we welcome you to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • U.S. work authorization required.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of their employment/internship
  • As of May 2024, be a rising sophomore (2nd year), junior (3rd year) or senior (4th year) enrolled in undergraduate study in a two-year or four-year college/university.
  • Graduate students are eligible to apply.
  • Second year or transferring Community College students may apply.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate students or 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for graduate student applicants.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours per semester for graduate students. Students must be enrolled full-time at the time of application.

Additional Considerations

Successful candidates will have demonstrated academic excellence in their major program and be motivated, customer focused and action-oriented individuals with a drive for learning on the job and achieving results. You will have demonstrated ability to make quality and timely decisions, take initiative, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, prioritize and organize multiple demands in a continuously changing environment, use a computer and software applications, have a basic knowledge of engineering principles, and can meet established deadlines. Ability to anticipate problems, provide solutions, follow instructions, learn quickly and collaborate with teammates.

  • Selected candidates will start their internship at the beginning of June 2024, and work until August 2024.
  • Based on interest, business need, and available funding, students may have the opportunity to continue working during the academic year.
  • A resume and an unofficial transcript reflecting the required cumulative GPA and proof of enrollment in college or university must be submitted via the online application process.
  • A secure electronic or sealed official transcript will be required if the candidate is selected for employment.
  • Students who are transferring from a community college to a college or university for their junior year (3rd year) should provide their final community college transcript and their letter of acceptance to their new institution as an attachment to their application.
  • Some Intern positions may require unrestricted mobility in irregular terrain, work in an outdoor environment, and the ability to lift, bend and stand for long periods of time.

Special Instructions

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

Assignments may include requirements to wear personal protective equipment (hard hat, safety vest, safety boots, etc.) and the ability to work from heights (may include requirements to wear fall protection equipment). This is a part-time hourly position.

No state benefits will be offered. Housing and relocation are not provided. This position does not offer sponsorship and is not eligible for telework.

Fingerprint-based criminal history background check, DMV driving record check, references, and work history will be required prior to employment. Valid driver’s license required.

This job announcement is a continuous recruitment. Positions will be filled based on business need and available funding.

VDOT utilizes a market-based pay program, which has been approved by DHRM. Therefore, advertised rates of pay may or may not align with the Commonwealth pay bands.

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Job Board/Recruitment Management System (RMS).

The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided in the application and optional resume; therefore, those who fully represent their qualifications and work history will be more successful with obtaining an interview. Submitting an incomplete application and/or resume lacking job history and relevant experience detail may impact interview eligibility. State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered.

We are a “Virginia Values Veterans” (V3) official certified company and state agency that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard in support of Executive Order 29, (2010). If you are a Veteran or Virginia National Guard Member, we urge you to respond accordingly on your state application.