If you want to work for an essential agency that affects the every-day lives of those who live, work, and travel in New York State, consider the New York State Department of Transportation. We offer challenging summer internship opportunities throughout the state in many different fields of study or interest, but they all have a common goal – to enhance public safety.
The Department provides both paid and non-paid internships with valuable educational and career exploration opportunities in the areas of engineering, landscape architecture, planning, traffic signal/electronics, accounting, auditing, civil rights, human resources, and many other areas. We are always interested in having student interns work in the agency and to provide those interns with an educational experience that exposes them to state government and public policy.
Interns work under the direct supervision of a program manager, Professional Engineer, Senior Landscape Architect, Senior Land Surveyor, Environmental Specialist or a Maintenance Supervisor 1 Motor Equipment. Based on the assignment, interns will perform duties such as GIS, engineering, research, policy and planning, surveying, administration, environmental science, landscape architecture, learn NYSDOT Fleet operations including analytic support, agency parts operation, and what it takes to maintain and repair the Fleet to achieve the mission of the agency.
Internships are full time (37.5 hours per week), Monday through Friday. Daily schedule is dependent on the position.
Depending on your career interests, we employ both Student Assistants (non-engineering interns) and Engineering Interns.
Must have completed at least 12 credit hours of college study and be currently enrolled in an accredited degree program.
Must have completed at least 12 credit hours of college study and be currently enrolled in one of the following accredited degree programs: Civil Engineering; Civil Engineering Technology; Construction Engineering; Construction Engineering Technology; Construction Engineering Management; Construction Engineering Management Technology; Geotechnical Engineering; Hydraulics Engineering; Materials Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Metallurgical and Materials Engineering; Structural Engineering; Transportation Engineering; or Transportation Planning and Engineering, or Engineering Science with a recognized concentration in any of the above listed engineering degrees.
Available internships are posted on the State Jobs website – search by county or search for keywords “Student Assistant” or “Engineering Intern.”
When applying, please include a letter of interest, resume, and an unofficial copy of your transcript.
Transportation Construction Inspectors
Transportation Construction Inspectors
Interested in temporary employment, working outside, and learning about highway construction projects?
Transportation Construction Inspectors (TCIs) are hired prior to the start of each construction season and assist in monitoring and inspecting road and bridge projects. Employment can range from two to nine months, and positions exist throughout New York State.
Each year, prior to the construction season, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) begins hiring qualified individuals to augment its permanent workforce. All Transportation Construction Inspectors (TCIs) are seasonal employees who assist in monitoring and inspecting construction projects beginning in April.
TASKS AND DUTIES
Under the supervision of a Department of Transportation engineer, a Transportation Construction Inspector will be physically assigned to one or more construction projects to perform the following construction or materials inspection or inspection-related tasks:
- Earthwork Inspection: Inspects building of earth or rock embankments; conducts gradation, compaction and moisture content tests; checks thickness of materials placed and type and suitability of compaction equipment; assists in survey, layout and measurement activities.
- On-Site Concrete Inspection: Inspects concrete placement for pavement, bridge piers and abutments; tests air content and slump and obtains cylinders for subsequent load tests; inspects method of handling and placing concrete to minimize segregation, concrete finishing, and curing method; inspects paving trains to ensure smooth concrete pavement.
- Structural Inspection: Inspects steel erection, field welds, surface preparation and steel painting.
- Drainage Inspection: Inspects installation of culverts, sewers and ditches; ensures trench excavation is done safely for proper alignment and grade, that correct material is placed and properly shaped, and that material and compaction of backfill over pipe is correct.
- Asphalt Pavement Inspection: Inspects asphalt pavement placement; ensures correct temperature, lift thickness and proper compaction.
- Materials Inspection: Inspects concrete production; ensures ingredients are from an approved source and are mixed in correct proportions for a specified time period; checks that automation features are working properly;
- Project Support Activities: Calculates actual construction project length, areas and volumes; performs technical checking activities.
- Materials Analyst: Performs design, verification, or acceptance testing of construction materials at the central laboratory. Lab groups focus on geotechnical applications, strength of materials, geologic characterization, concrete asphalt, or chemical analysis.
- Miscellaneous Inspection Assignments: Inspects curbing, sidewalk, signs, guide rail, pavement markings, traffic signals, lighting, fencing, etc.
- One construction season (minimum of 3 months) of work experience in highway, bridge or other civil engineering related construction inspection, as described in Tasks and Duties; or
- Completion of at least one year (minimum of 27 semester credit hours) of college course work as part of an associate degree program in engineering, engineering technology, construction technology, engineering science, surveying technology, drafting/CAD, or heavy equipment operations; or
- Completion of at least one year (minimum of 27 semester credit hours) of college course work as part of a bachelor’s degree program in engineering, engineering technology, environmental sciences or environmental technology, construction management, construction supervision, engineering management, construction engineering or construction engineering technology, transportation planning, mathematics, physical science, architecture or architectural technology, construction technology, landscape architecture, surveying, physics, geology or forestry.
- Two separate construction seasons (minimum 6 months total) of work experience in highway, bridge or other civil engineering related construction inspection, as described in Tasks and Duties; or
- Completion of an associate degree program in engineering, engineering technology, construction technology, engineering science, surveying technology, drafting/CAD, or heavy equipment operations; or
- Completion of at least two years (minimum of 54 semester credit hours) of college course work as part of a bachelor’s degree program in engineering, engineering technology, environmental sciences or environmental technology, construction management, construction supervision, engineering management, construction engineering or construction engineering technology, transportation planning, mathematics, physical science, architecture or architectural technology, construction technology, landscape architecture, surveying, physics, geology or forestry; or
- Completion of one construction season of work experience, as described in TCI 1 above, plus minimum of 27 semester credit hours of college course work as part of an associate or bachelor’s degree program as cited above.
The starting salary for a Transportation Construction Inspector is $18.94 or $21.03 per hour, depending on qualifications. An increase as high as $23.41 will occur depending on satisfactory performance and completion of six months of service.
To be eligible for holiday compensation, an employee must work on the holiday. For further information, refer to Article 12 of the New York State PEF seasonal agreement.
Only employees appointed and expected to work for six months or longer may be enrolled for State employee's health insurance coverage and anyone in student status is advised to pay particular attention to the ramifications of accepting any benefits (inquire with the Benefits Unit prior to enrollment.) Review Restrictions on Employment After Leaving.
As seasonal employees, TCIs do not have to join the Retirement System. An employee having previous Retirement System membership must continue that membership unless they withdraw from the system.
TCI's are entitled to travel expense reimbursement.
When applying for a TCI position, please be certain to submit an availability questionnaire with your application.
Summer Maintenance Program
Summer Maintenance Program
Graduating high school? Not sure if college is the right path for you now?
Consider spending the summer maintaining state roads with the Department of Transportation. Summer positions are located across New York State, excluding New York City, and can lead to permanent employment.
DOT’s summer maintenance program offers 100 seasonal maintenance positions located throughout New York State, excluding New York City. Learn roadway maintenance skills during the summer that could lead to a permanent position in the fall.
TASKS AND DUTIES
- pothole patching, paving and resurfacing;
- brush/foliage removal;
- guide rail repair;
- shoulder widening and repair;
- drainage system maintenance;
- highway sign repair and maintenance;
- work zone traffic control; and
- litter removal and general highway beautification.
For those who obtain a Commercial Driver’s License permit, DOT may be able to provide some driver training to assist in the DMV skills test.
See our brochure for additional details.
- 18 years old at the time of appointment
- Clean, valid Class D driver’s license
- Pass a physical and drug test
Annual salary starts at $31,245.
Those who become permanent employees qualify for numerous Benefits.
Highway Maintenance Worker
Highway Maintenance Worker
Do you like operating heavy equipment? Do you want to help keep your roads safe?
Highway Maintenance Workers are relied upon to keep our roads clear in the winter and perform essential maintenance tasks throughout the year in every county of New York State. This is an important and rewarding career.
Positions are full time and can be permanent or seasonal. Click here for more information on the Highway Maintenance Worker series.