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PennDOT Celebrates National Intern Day

July 29, 2021 11:00 AM
By: Allison Beck

National Intern Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in July each year, recognizes the students who are supplementing their classroom education with real-world experience.

PennDOT provides a variety of programs for students from elementary through post-secondary school to explore careers in the transportation industry. These programs include college internships, the School to Employment at PennDOT (STEP) high school cooperative program, job shadowing opportunities, tours and group career exploration events.

PennDOT's summer internship program (PDF) provides college students with the opportunity to experience the practical application of the principles they are learning about in the classroom. Students selected for these internships will be exposed to meaningful work as they contribute to ongoing PennDOT projects both in the field and in office settings.

We hire more than 600 summer interns each year. Most internships are designed for students majoring in engineering disciplines, but we also offer non-engineering opportunities, such as business administration, communications, accounting, computer science and more. 

While there are a small number of off-season internship opportunities, most PennDOT internships occur from May through August. The application period for these internships is typically December through May annually.

All internship opportunities can be found in the internship section of the commonwealth's employment site.

Many of our former interns are now full-time employees with PennDOT or other state agencies. In fact, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the best employers for new graduates.

See our National Intern Day post on Facebook for photos and quotes from some of this year's talented interns!

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