25 HBCU Internships With The NC Department of Transportation

Description of Work

The NC Department of Transportation Office of Education Initiatives is accepting applications for the 2017 HBCU Internship Program. The HBCU Internship Program is a summer opportunity for students to gain hands-on, real world experiences with various offices at the NC Department of Transportation.

There are twenty-five vacancies to be filled for this posting.

The HBCU Internship Program is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 5, 2017, and end on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Selected candidates are required to complete a final presentation of their internship experience and project(s) at the end of the program.

Applicants should carefully review the available positions below and identify in the essay section which area you are interested in working with.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

This program is seeking candidates from all degree programs to include, but not limited to English, Journalism, Public Administration, Accounting, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Political Science, Information Technology, Aviation Operations, etc. An example of the types of projects you could work on include, but are not limited to:

  • Office of Civil Rights: The students will provide support to several units within the Office of Civil Rights. This includes Education Initiatives Program and On-the-Job Training Program. Requirements: Students should have strong communication skills and have background and/or major in public administration, business administration and be a senior or graduate level student. Experience with Research Methods preferred. Student will assist with data collection, OJT Academies,  Location of Internship: Raleigh, NC


  • Communications: The student will draft and distribute news releases, speeches, feature articles, social media posts, video scripts, and other written materials for the department and transportation officials. Requirements: Excellent writing skills. Preferred majors include Journalism, English, Public Relations/Communications, and Marketing. Location of Internship: Raleigh, NC


  • Division of Motor Vehicles The students will provide support to one of the largest state agencies in North Carolina, by assisting DMV in fulfilling their responsibilities while working to achieve the department’s mission of “connecting people and places in North Carolina – safely and efficiently, with accountability and environmental sensitivity.” Requirements: Major in Communications, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Statistics, Political Science, Engineering, and/or Information Technology. Location of internship: Various Locations


  • Office of Governance: The internship will introduce the student to the three working pillars of the Governance office, acquiring an understanding of process improvement, engaging in board processes, and oversight of policy implementing. Requirements: Students majoring in the following fields are preferred: Public Administration, Political Science, Accounting, Computer Science, Information Technology, Economics, or Mathematics. Location of internship: Raleigh, NC


  • Project Management Unit: The student will assist the office in the creation of the Powell bill manual, timelines, and updating videos and tutorials. The will also add attributes and digitize Powell Bill streets to missing NC municipalities using GIS for an ePBATS project.  Requirements: Information technology major, GIS background/classes. Location of internship: Raleigh, NC


  • Division 5 Highway Office: The student will create and utilize a process that meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act that combines an existing database of locations, future resurfacing plans, and field assessments to scope and estimate future contracts in a system that can be displayed and modified remotely on a GIS platform. Requirements: Engineering background preferred. Location of internship: Raleigh, NC


  • Division 6 District & Maintenance Offices: The student will work on collect, develop, and process information for a comprehensive materials database. Requirements: Student must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Internship Location: Lumberton, NC


  • Division 9 Right of Way Office: The student will assist with property and project management development.  Requirements: Student must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. Location of internship: Winston-Salem, NC


  • Division 9 Highway Office: The student will collect, develop, and process a comprehensive road database. Requirements: Student must be proficient in Microsoft Access and general office work settings. Location of internship: Forsyth County/Rowan County


  • Division 14 Highway Office: The students will assist the bridge management engineers with the review and project management of bridge replacement projects.  Requirements: Civil engineering major preferred. Location of internship: Bryson City, NC


  • Division 14 Highway Office: The student will work as the project manager with one of the various active projects within the Division.  Requirements: Engineering major, experience with estimation preferred. Internship Location: Sylva, NC
  • Office of Aviation: The student will provide assistance with Aviation Safety and Education Outreach, research for departmental certifications, development, and implementation of UAS policies procedures. Requirements: Aviation Operations major, the commercial pilot experience is preferred or a Part 107 remote pilot certificate. Location of internship: Raleigh, NC (RDU Airport)


  • Information Technology: The student will provide pertinent data to clients utilizing ad-hoc SQL queries. Requirements: Basic to moderate experience with PC and network technologies. The student should have a major in information technology. Location of internship: Raleigh, NC

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Eligible candidates include:

  • Junior, Senior, or Graduate level student
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Exceptional communication and organization skills
  • Some work and/or classroom experience in the office area you’ve selected
  • Resident of North Carolina enrolled full-time at an accredited Historically Black College or University (HBCU) or attending a Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) to participate in our Internship program (proof of enrollment will be required if selected)
  • Must have the legal right to work in the United States

To apply for these positions the following are required:
An unofficial copy of your college transcript, one letter of recommendation and one-page resume must be submitted with your  COMPLETED application, as an attachment.

It is important that your application includes all of your relevant work experience, you answer all questions associated with the application and you provide all necessary documentation with the application.

Supplemental and Contact Information


For additional information please contact:

JoAna McCoy
Education Initiatives Coordinator
Office of Civil Rights
North Carolina Department of Transportation

Phone 919 508 1875


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