Opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates

Career entry and student employment programs enable students to obtain job experience in their field of interest and engage in public service. Most of our students have the opportunity to work on one of our construction job sites located across the country, while some work in one of our FLH division offices located in Sterling, Virginia; Lakewood, Colorado; and Vancouver, Washington.

Under the Pathways Program the Federal Government has taken steps to help students and recent graduates join the Federal service. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

Gain valuable work experience... while you are still in school... and get paid for it!

Eligibility Requirements

Current students must be U.S. Citizens in an accredited college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

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Features of the Program

  • You may be employed year round and appointments may be made at any time during the year, including summer.
  • You may work full time or part time schedules. You can adjust your work hours to fit your schedule, without exceeding 40 hours per week. Your work schedule should not interfere with your academic schedule.
  • Students in the program may be non-competitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment when they have:
    • Completed at least 640 hours of career-related work
    • Completed the educational requirements for graduation
    • Received a positive performance evaluation and recommendation from the office in which they worked as an Intern.

Major Disciplines

  • Engineering Disciplines
    • Design
    • Geotechnical
    • Hydraulics
    • Materials / Pavements
    • Safety
    • Structural
    • Construction
    • Environmental
    • Project Management
    • Survey
    • Right of Way
  • Program Administration Disciplines
    • Administrative
    • Acquisition
    • Finance
    • Management
    • Planning

Benefits of Program Participation

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Professional work environment
  • Annual leave, Sick leave & Paid holidays
  • Health benefits and Life insurance
  • Salaried position
  • Public Transportation subsidy (where applicable)

Veteran preference candidates are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Pathways Program visit the USAJOBS Pathways page.

How to Apply

Vacancies for the Pathways Internship program are posted on USAJOBS. Interested candidates should establish an account on USAJOBS, and may sign up for email notifications on job postings. FHWA vacancies will be posted under the heading "FHWA Pathways Internship".

  1. Create your USAJOBS Account in advance. Go to USAJOBS and click on "My Account".
  2. Upload or create a resume: From "My Account", select "Resumes".
  3. Review the vacancy announcement.
  4. Keep your account updated.

If you are in need of help with the USAJOBS website and application process please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Student Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and skills that will complement your academic pursuits. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate tomorrow's leaders, strengthen their understanding of the transportation industry and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

The STIPDG is a paid internship program open to all qualified candidates without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.

For more information on the STIPDG Program visit the FHWA STIPDG page.