Internships at MDOT SHA

COVID-19 Notice

Thank you for visiting the MDOT State Highway Administration's (MDOT SHA) Internship site and for your interest in interning with us.

Due to the current State of Emergency (COVID-19), all MDOT SHA internship recruitments have been suspended for the summer of 2020.

Please continue to check back with us for updates, as no decision has been made yet for January 2021 and beyond. To receive information on future internship opportunities, please email Make sure to include your name, school, major, and projected graduation date in the body of your email. For more information on the COVID-19 in the State of Maryland go to

Lamar Leonard
Lamar Leonard
University of New Haven
Transportation Design Engineer
Interned in Highway​ Design​

“The program helped me decide what kind of engineer I wanted to be at a time when the number of options seemed overwhelmin​g. I had the opportunity to work directly with experienced engineers who gave me confidence in the skills I had, while also encouraging me to develop new skills that I didn’t know were so important to engineering.”

Stephen A. Bucy
Stephen A. Bucy, P.E.
University of Delaware
Director, Office of Construction
Interned in Office of Construction

“My SHA construction internship allowed me to put classroom principles and theories into practice.  I learned to read plans, conduct inspections, and gained a real-world field level perspective of how engineering design decisions impact construction.  The internship set me up for success on my current career path.  ”

Cedric Ward
Cedric Ward
Morgan State University
University of Baltimore
Director, Office of Traffic and Safety
Interned in Office of Highway Development

“The program allowed me to take classroom theory and apply it to the real world. Being an Intern enhanced my learning curve, as a college curriculum can only expose you to so much. The program provided me an opportunity to develop soft skills that have been indispensable in my career. A couple of my supervisors from the program back then, still serve as my informal mentors today."

Jill Smith
Jill Smith
University of Maryland College Park
Transportation Design Engineer ​
Interned in Office of Highway Development ​

“My internship with MDOT SHA provided me a valuable insight into the world of engineering and public service. The experiences I had really made me excited about transportation engineering and showed me that I was focusing on the right career path. So much of what I do every day I learned from my internship and the engineers that I was able to interact with.”

Internship Programs

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Transportation Internship Program (TI) and the Administration Internship Program (AI) expose college students to careers in the state highway sector within Maryland’s integrative transportation system. Interns are placed in full-time assignments in an MDOT SHA office, mentored by senior-level engineers, higher-level technicians, team leaders and colleagues.  With the knowledge gained at their placements, and through shadowing, training, networking and hands on experience, interns make the real world/education connection. 

This is a paid internship.

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Mission Statement

The Maryland Department of Transportation is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities.

MDOT’S Values

We strive to live up to our values:  Excellence in our people, our relationships, our work, and our environment. Creating an atmosphere that fully recognizes and uses the talents and capabilities of a diverse workforce is critical to the achievement of those values. MDOT SHA's values reflect our commitment to be an organization that cares about its people, its customers, and its environment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must commit to a minimum of 8 weeks, full time.
  • Must be enrolled in a program at an accredited College or University.
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate
  • Must have a GPA 2.5 or above/be in good academic standing

Note: Some positions require a reliable vehicle

Important Dates

  • December 15 - Applications Accepted
  • March 1 - Application Deadline

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To Apply:

Email the following application package by March 1.


  1. Cover letter/Letter of interest
  2. Your completed 2020 Intern Questionnaire (Click this link)
  3. Resumé
  4. Unofficial transcript (include current coursework)


Application materials must be combined in the specified order into a single pdf.

Identify your file either with the AI or TI program; then your first initial and last name. 

Example:  AIJSmith.pdf or TIJSmith.pdf

Send your application packages to

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