Earn while you learn!
The Montana Department of Transportation's paid internship program introduces college students to a career in state government. Students earn money while acquiring invaluable on-the-job training in areas such as: aviation, finance, engineering, information technology, and transportation planning.
Each fall, the divisions at MDT evaluate their need for a summer intern and submit their requests to the Human Resources’ office. In the past, we have employed interns in the following divisions:
- Accounting and Internal Audit
- Civil Engineering
- Information Services Division
- Environmental Engineering
- Human Resources
- Construction Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Rail, Transit, and Planning
- Right of Way Design
- Motor Carrier Services
To be eligible, students must:
- be enrolled in a college, university, or technical school;
- have completed at least 60 academic credits or 30 credits if enrolled in technical school; and
- be in good academic standing.
Work Schedule & Job Locations
Internships start in mid-May and run through the end of August. The department tries to be flexible with start and end dates however, interns must start on or before the third Monday in May unless attending school on the quarter system.
Most student interns work 40 hours a week, Monday throughout Friday. Construction engineering interns may, at times, work more than 40 hours a week.
Internships are available across Montana. Locations vary depending on department needs and upcoming projects. Last year, MDT hired interns to work in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena, Miles City, Lewistown, and West Yellowstone.
Some interns work in Helena at the headquarters office across from Wal-Mart. Engineering interns may work for one of our 5 district offices located in Great Falls, Butte, Billings, Glendive, and Missoula. Working for a district office can mean placement in a city closer to where an intern lives. For example, one intern employed by MDT's Billings District office, actually lived and worked in Lewistown.
Salary & Benefits
Pay is dependent upon occupation and credit hours. A salary range and explanation are usually posted on the job listing details page.
Interns do not receive benefits such as paid holidays, medical coverage, earned vacation, or sick leave.
Academic credit for internships is governed by the university. MDT provides any information the university needs for students to receive credit.
Interns cannot become permanent employees without applying for permanent positions. That said, internships are an excellent way to gain job experience and boost employability.
Finding and Applying for an Internship
Internship opportunities appear on MDT's Current Openings page and are marked "Internship."
Current openings link to the State's electronic application service where you can build an application and apply online. The first time through, you will be asked to create an ePass account before you start the application process. Once in, complete the first page of the application and attach your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts.