Transportation Diversity Recruitment Program (TDRP)

  • TDRP LogoThe Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Transportation Diversity Recruitment Program (TDRP) is a unique partnership between MDOT, colleges and universities throughout Michigan that offer valuable on-the-job training and job shadowing to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in engineering or other transportation-related careers.

    The goal of the TDRP is to recruit and expose underrepresented groups of students to transportation-specific career opportunities. While participating in this program, students will develop professional competence, long-range career goals, integrate work experiences with academic knowledge, establish a professional network, and earn income that can assist with college expenses.

    MDOT HBCU TDRP students will work alongside other MDOT-sponsored on-the-job training program participants, internal staff and external professionals who provide engineering, technical, inspection and project management services for state road and bridge projects.                                

    The work period will last 12 weeks per year and include the following:

    • Overtime compensation (per union work rules),
    • Competitive pay rates,
    • Flexible work schedules (contingent upon operational need),
    • Double-occupancy housing provided on the campus of a local college or university, and
    • Planned activities to explore opportunities within the colleges and universities in the state. 


  • James Jackson
    TDRP Program Coordinator
    Michigan Department of Transportation
    Workforce Programs and Recruitment Unit
    425 W. Ottawa Street, PO Box 30050
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone: 517-206-9369
    Fax: 517-335-6859