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Planning Internship Program

MnDOT is hiring planning interns for the summer of 2024

To apply: Search for Job ID 71641 on the Minnesota state careers website. The job openings will close on Jan. 12, 2024.

Planning at MnDOT

MnDOT’s planning responsibilities consist of a range of activities. These include writing plans, conducting public and stakeholder outreach, data analysis, setting and managing the program to performance outcomes, and forming the capital investment program.

Goals and objectives

MnDOT seeks to achieve the following goals through its Planning Internship Program:

  • Expose potential candidates to state-level, system-wide transportation planning
  • Encourage partnerships and develop connections with educational institutions
  • Provide new energy and fresh perspectives into the work conducted at the agency
  • Expose MnDOT to new talent in the transportation planning field
  • Develop a diverse pool of professionals with experience in state-level transportation planning


The MnDOT Planning Internship Program runs from May through August. This internship is available for up to a 12-week, full-time appointment with flexible start date and schedule. The positions pay between $22.51 and $32.71 per hour.

Internships are available in the following offices:

  • Metro District
  • Office of Aeronautics
  • Office of Sustainability and Public Health
  • Office of Transit and Active Transportation
  • Office of Transportation System Management

Additional information


Minimum qualifications for the MnDOT internship program are described below. Desired qualifications are listed for each position description (see below).

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Urban Studies, Political Science, Economics, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Environmental Science, Communications, or other similar field.*
  • Eligible to work in the United States

*Candidates who will obtain Bachelor's degree by the position start date are also eligible.

Professional development opportunities

As a MnDOT intern, you'll have access to exclusive professional development opportunities such as facility tours and a book club. According to one former intern, "The coolest part of the internship was the set of tours to visit and learn about all of the various facets of MnDOT. From snow plows and traffic signs, to parking ramps and state-owned airplanes, we saw a lot!"

Why MnDOT?

MnDOT is dedicated to advancing equity by building a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from people of color, women and individuals with disabilities.