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State of Michigan MDOT Internship Program (former Co-Op Program) - Bureau of Transportation Planning in Various, Michigan

Job Description

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.

2021 Pay Rates First Year: $16.17/hour Second Year: $17.57/hour Third Year: $18.07/hour Fourth Year: $18.59/hour Fifth Year: $18.96/hour Sixth Year: $19.53/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 official 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, 2021 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 MDOT-internship@michigan.gov

Salary: $16.17 - $19.53 Hourly

Location: Various, MI

Job Type: Non Career

Department: Transportation

Job Number: 5901-21-BTP-Internship

Closing: 6/1/2021 5:00 PM Eastern

Bargaining Unit: TECHNICAL (SEIU)

Agency: State of Michigan

Address: 400 South Pine Street Lansing, Michigan, 48909

Phone: (800) 788-1766 State of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan