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Summer Transportation Internship Program

Sam Lamichhane, a 2012 program participant from Howard University, with Bernard Izevbekhai of MnDOT.

This 10-week paid summer internship program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students interested in transportation-related careers to gain professional experience and skills to complement their academic pursuits. Interns will be placed in a variety of positions at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan region, where they will gain practical knowledge about MnDOT, learn about its operations, and work on transportation-focused projects. Mentoring, training, and development opportunities will also be provided.

The internship is open to undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota and Howard University. The program is offered by CTS and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute at the University of Minnesota, Howard University, and MnDOT.

Chelsey Palmateer interned with MnDOT’s Metro District Office in 2012.

Yusuf Abdi interned with MnDOT's Office of Electronic Communications in 2012.

Application Instructions

The application deadline for 2013 internships has passed. Information about summer 2014 internship opportunities will be available in early 2014.

Student Testimonials

"The internship involved a lot of learning experience and exposure to the real-world environment. I have learned that on-the-job learning, with college education as a background, is the way to success.”

—Samrakshak Lamichhane, Howard University, 2012 participant

“I was able to finally get an idea of how I could expect to apply my degree...I gained insight into the workings of MnDOT, and now I know where I want to end up when I graduate.”

—Chelsey Palmateer, University of Minnesota, 2012 participant

More Information

For additional information, please contact Shawn Haag, CTS education program coordinator, at 612-625-5608 or

Minneapolis/St. Paul in the Summer

The Minneapolis/St. Paul region is an inviting metropolitan area with an appealing array of things to see and do. The Twin Cities area is cosmopolitan at its heart and small town along its perimeter. The area enjoys an exciting arts scene, landmark architecture, terrific restaurants, intriguing museums, local sports teams (including the Minnesota Twins), and activities for outdoor enthusiasts. The urban scenery includes an abundance of shady greenways and sparkling lakes. The Mississippi, Minnesota, and St. Croix rivers wind through the region. Not only is it a major cultural and commercial center, this vibrant urban area is also one of the most beautiful metro areas in the country. In addition to the two downtown areas, a variety of neighborhoods and suburban communities offer lots to do, including the well-known Mall of America.