The overall purpose of the program is to give students technical, real-world experience.
Students will work at Iowa DOT offices, labs and construction sites across Iowa, although most of the internship positions are located at the central complex in Ames. Interns are typically scheduled to work 40 hours per week through the summer and 20-30 hours per week during the school year.
Focus will be on gaining practical experience in areas such as:
- Architectural design.
- Community and regional planning
- Criminal justice.
- Engineering/Construction technology.
- Environmental science.
- Geographic information systems.
- Human resources.
- Landscape architecture.
- Marketing/Graphic and web design.
- Safety/Industrial technology.
To qualify, students must:
- Be able to work 40 hours per week.
- Be enrolled as a full-time student.
- Enroll in their college's internship program.
Students will be required to periodically submit written reports and make oral presentations to summarize their internship efforts, outcomes, and relevance to their degree programs and career aspirations.
The Business, Industry, and Technology Student Internship Program will complement each student's course work and lab experiences in their respective undergraduate degree program.
At the end of the summer, students will have gained increased technical and nontechnical skills related to their curriculum, and have a greater understanding of the field and what technical areas they are interested in upon graduation.
Business, Industry, and Technology Student Internship Application
For more information about internship opportunities at the Iowa DOT contact:
Iowa Department of Transportation
Summer Internship Program
What students are saying
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"I am getting to work on a project from concept to final design. You learn a lot fast. It's a good team atmosphere."
"Having the opportunity to apply my academic studies to real world issues has been a really rewarding experience. Being able to share and expand my knowledge has helped me be better prepared for my future professional career after graduation."