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TRAC Internship

Students wearing high-visibility vests and hard hats at a TRAC program event.
Department of Transportation

TRAC Internship

Attention 12th Grade High School Students!

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.


Lisa Whaley
TRAC Program Coordinator
425 W. Ottawa
Lansing, MI 48909

TRAC Brochure

  • Civil Engineering Scholarship Opportunities
  • Earn $15 per hour
  • 40 hours per week 
  • Seven-week program
  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Must be a high school senior.
  • Must have attended a class which used a TRAC module.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Must interview with the Michigan Department of Transportation.
  • Must be available to work full-time for the entire seven weeks.
  • Successful completion of the program provides the possibility of receiving a $2,500 civil engineering scholarship at a participating Michigan college.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must provide own transportation to assigned work station.
  • Must demonstrate a strong propensity in math and the sciences.
  • Provide your official high school transcript.
  • Provide your attendance record for the current school year.
  • Enclose a letter of interest expressing why you want to be an intern.
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher who has used a TRAC module in their classroom. The teacher must describe what module was taught to student.
Lawrence Technological University
Civil Engineering Department
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Michigan State University
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824
Michigan Technological University
Transportation Civil Engineering
870 Dow Environmental Sciences
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Western Michigan University
Civil and Construction Engineering
4601 Campus Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008