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Design Internship #2211-005020-02

Year-long, Part-Time, Spring 2023

Date Opened
Friday, November 18, 2022 4:30 PM
Close Date
Sunday, December 18, 2022 11:59 PM
Charlotte Department of Transportation
  • $15.00 - $17.00/hour
Employment Type
  • Part Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


  • Internship


The internship position will work directly in the CDOT divisions responsible for transportation planning, CIP design, traffic operations, right-of-way management, land development, and maintenance. These exposures and real-world assignments will allow the interns to stretch their abilities while learning about the department’s processes and operations CDOT’s internships build a solid foundation that provide students with the tools to become competitive in the application process for future CDOT or other engineering related positions. Several of CDOT’s past interns have returned to the City as full-time employees.

This internship position will be a yearlong position. CDOT staff will establish work schedules based on class schedule. The maximum working hours per week is 30.

Each division participating in the internship program has a work program planned as outlined below. Specific details for each program will be further developed as the intake process evolves over the next few months.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Development Services
  • Staff will provide insight on all of the various work programs within the division. 
  • Exposure to the daily operations of the CLT Development Center and Utility Permitting processes. 
  • Opportunity to shadow CDOT Land Development staff at pre-submittal and interdepartmental coordination meetings. 
  • Attend City Council Rezoning Meeting and Zoning Committee Meeting joining the CDOT Land Development staff as Professional License Engineers present once a month. 
  • Work within the Right of Way Management Section includes attending the Utility Stakeholder Coordination meetings, review the intake process for utility permit applications and join staff out in the field to view utility construction projects in real-time. 

Planning and Design Division 
  • Assist with various CDOT initiatives such as planning and designing for complete streets & integrating land use and transportation decision making 
  • Collect & analyzes data including socio-economic and demographic data, geographic information, traffic counts, surveys and field inventories 
  • Create & edit geospatial data 
  • Contribute text, tables and graphics to various technical reports & presentations 
  • Provide summary research for transportation issues as needed 
  • Provide CAD support as needed if you have Help prepare preliminary concepts plans and studies. 
  • Help conduct field investigations. 

Street Maintenance Division 
  • Introduction to the Street Maintenance Division and its’ processes. 
  • Work with the SMD Planning Section and provide the opportunity to gain knowledge about the work management system. 
  • Introduction to the City’s resurfacing program. 
  • Introduction about the human resources and finance processes. 
  • Exposure to and work with the SMD Equipment Manager and exposure to the City Council adopted Strategic Energy Action Plan. 
  • Work in the field with SMD Operations staff and inspectors and work in the field with crews for hands on experience. 

Transportation Systems (Engineering and Operations) 
  • Introduction to all aspects of Engineering and Operations. 
  • Tasks would vary with this division, but will include activities such as: 
  • Traffic signal vehicle capacity analysis and traffic signal timing 
  • Setting up and populating traffic signal equipment inventory 
  • Working on traffic signal billing packages and automated traffic signal performance measure databases.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in an accredited college or university leading towards a Bachelor's degree with major course work in a related field of study specific to the departmental and/or work assignment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, an abilities to successfully perform the essential job duties


  • $15.00 - $17.00 / Hour; Commensurate with experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

As of October 1, 2021:

The City of Charlotte requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for any new City of Charlotte employees.

The City is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such, will consider reasonable accommodations as required by law.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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