Civil Engineering Internship Program

  • UPDATE: Due to the uncertainties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties of delivering a high-quality and safe youth program, the Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) internship program has been cancelled for the 2020 season. MDOT’s goal is to have a robust TRAC internship program in 2021.  

    According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (, the nation will need to increase the number of civil engineers, by 10 percent in the next eight years, to design and construct or expand the nation’s roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. The Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Program was created by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to generate interest in transportation careers among middle and high school students. TRAC is designed to address two related needs: recruiting the best students for transportation and engineering careers, and creating greater diversity among the workforce.

    TRAC is a free program that provides teacher with curriculum-enhancing, hands-on tools for their math, science, and social science classes. Teacher participation in the TRAC Program allows their students to share in two additional programs: the TRAC Pipeline discussed below, and the TRAC Michigan Design and Build Bridge contest.

    The TRAC Pipeline Internship Program is an extension of the TRAC Program and is designed to provide opportunities for 12th grade students. During the summer, these students work with MDOT civil engineers and learn more about the rewards and challenges of a career in civil engineering. MDOT has worked diligently to recruit promising students, from around the state, to apply for this prestigious internship. MDOT is doing its part to make certain the TRAC Pipeline Internship Program continuously adds new faces to the field of civil engineering. This program now boasts 25 statewide paid interns. Many of the student interns return to MDOT as college co-op students.

    QuestionsContact Julie at or 906-786-1800.

  • Attention 12th Grade High School Students!

    MDOT TRAC students

        - $2,500 Civil Engineering Scholarship
        - Earn $12 per hour
        - 40 hours per week 
        - Seven-week program
        - Program requirements