High School Cooperative Education Intern


Recruitment #230920-3232VR-001


Are you a high school student looking to prepare for a career in the skilled trades, working to improve the critical transportation systems and infrastructure of the State of Connecticut?

Do you enjoy learning and performing highly skilled tasks?

If so, come make an impact by serving your state!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking knowledgeable high-school students who are interested in gaining valuable experience as High School Cooperative Education Interns within the areas of Vehicle/Equipment Repair, Electrical Work, and Machine Operation. 




  • On-Site
  • First Shift
  • Monday - Friday
  • Positions available at multiple locations throughout the State
  • Will work up to a maximum of 520 hours in accordance with Work Based Learning (WBL) programs of Connecticut High Schools
  • All Locations: Repair Garages: Rocky Hill, West Willington, Putnam, Colchester, Old Saybrook, East Haven, Milford, Darien, Brookfield, Waterbury, Winsted, Granby, Electrical Garages: Hartford, Colchester, Milford, Southbury, Machine Shop: Rocky Hill


    • Receive practical training in application theories and concepts of chosen discipline
    • Assist professional, technical or clerical staff in performance of their duties or a special project
    • Complete assignments exercising teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
    • Prepare reports using a variety of software applications
    • Perform other duties as required
    Check out the Examples of Duties section below to learn more about Repair, Electrical, and Machine Shop Intern duties!

    • Candidates must live within 30 miles of their assigned location.
    • Selected candidates must be a junior or senior high school student, who is at least 16 years of age, and is enrolled in a formal internship program of a recognized and/or accredited high school.
    • Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and members of the public.


    The mission of the DOT is to provide a safe and efficient intermodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. To learn more about our mission, vision and values, please click here. Visit our website to learn more about the Connecticut DOT! 

    Selection Plan

    • Selected candidates must be a junior or senior high school student, who is at least 16 years of age, and is enrolled in a formal internship program of a recognized and/or accredited high school.
    • Selected candidates must possess and maintain adequate physical flexibility, strength and stamina to perform the duties (including work outside in inclement weather, work outside for extended periods), and work well with other staff and members of the public.
    • Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.
    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
    • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
    • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
    • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
    • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
    • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
    • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
    • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
    • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
    • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
    • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
    Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.  Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Brittney Woodley at


    In a state agency this class is established as a structured internship program designed to prepare high school students for careers in administration, managerial, technical or other occupations through practical work experience in their chosen discipline.


    Repair Interns will be assigned basic tasks in accordance with standard automotive and mechanical equipment trade practices. This includes performing or assisting in basic diagnostics, mechanics and repairs to the Bureau of Highway Operations fleet and equipment; assist in performing essential preventative maintenance on vehicles and equipment, and codes; may diagnose failure in all types of automotive and equipment; may assist in servicing, dismantling, overhauling, and reassembling front ends, engines, standard and automatic transmissions, rear ends, hydraulic systems, and automotive electrical systems; assists with determining, obtaining, or repairing needed parts or materials; may perform or assist with basic welding tasks; may be assigned to paint, wash, or clean vehicles.


    Electrical Interns will perform basic electrical tasks in accordance with national and local codes and standard trade practices; may assist in installing electrical conduit for power and lighting;

    makes or assists in basic repairs to electrical motors, controllers, switchboard panels, traffic lights, lights, power circuits, ventilating fans, electronic counting and traffic control devices, intercommunication systems and electrical generators; assists in installing open and concealed wiring and lighting fixtures; assists in programming of traffic controllers for traffic signals; assists in lay out and installation of 360-degree cameras at intersections; installs material and program with lap top computer; assists in setting of light poles for highway illumination; use wire locator to identify area utilities; maintenance of electrical for movable bridges, motor control and repair/replace navigation lights; may assist with maintenance and repair unit heaters, fans, building maintenance machines and equipment, gas pumps, refrigeration units, diesel electric generators, fire alarm systems, etc.; assists with, or makes basic repairs, to relays and switches; maintains and cleans Electrical shop equipment and facilities; may be assigned to assist with rewiring motors; may assist in high voltage work.


    Machine Shop Interns will perform basic tasks in accordance with standard machine shop trade practices and codes. This includes assisting with the set up and operation of lathes, shapers, planers, slotters, power saws, milling machines, drill presses and similar metal working power equipment working to close tolerances; uses taps, reamers, files, and other hand tools; gauges work using micrometers, calipers, and other precision type measuring instruments; assists with fashioning machine parts, shafts, bearings, gears, and a variety of other items of specialized machinery and equipment; assists with dismantling equipment, locating source of inadequate performance and makes necessary repairs; may operate, assemble, or test equipment; assist in repairs of tools and other metal; Assists with welding and metal fabrication tasks; may perform cleaning of work area and painting of parts/equipment.

    Other related duties can be found here.


    • Knowledge of
      • acceptable work ethic; 
      • principles, theories and concepts of chosen discipline; 
    • Skills
      • interpersonal skills; 
      • oral and written communication skills; 
    • Ability to utilize computer software.


    Junior or senior high school students enrolled in a formal internship program with high school study experience related to the designated agency and/or a functional area of the internship assignment.


    • Diesel engine, gas engine, or equipment repair experience
    • Diagnostic equipment experience
    • Autobody, welding or metal fabrication experience
    • Enrollment in a High School Heavy Duty Diesel, Autobody, Auto Repair, or Auto Technology Program
    • Experience working in the electrical field
    • Enrollment in a High School Electrical Program   
    • Experience working in a machine shop
    • Welding or metal fabrication experience
    • Enrollment in a High School Precision Machining Technology, or Welding and Metal Fabrication Program


    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.