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Transportation Specialist Pathways Student Intern

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The Pavement Design and Performance Team is hiring a Transportation Specialist Pathways Student Intern (GS-2199-04/05/07/09 - $19.33 to $42.61 hourly) in Washington, DC. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens). This internship announcement closes on 04/10/2024.


This is a developmental assignment within FHWA's Pavement Design and Performance Team. The position is designed to provide interns with challenging assignments that will broaden perspectives on issues facing the government and prepare them for future positions throughout the government.


The Transportation Specialist Pathways Student Intern will have the opportunity to work on the Pavement Design and Performance Team and will assist higher-level staff with support in the coordination, facilitation, and implementation of the operations in the office to which they are assigned. This position will provide students an opportunity to be exposed and to participate in activities, innovations, and challenges facing the transportation industry today. You will:

  • Implement transportation program functions in pavement and materials discipline under the review of the technical specialists.
  • Track data and maintains databases of varied Federal-aid performance data and drafts reports as requested.
  • Assist supervisor or staff members in the formulation of milestones, goals, target dates and requirements to evaluate/analyze various aspects of projects/programs.
  • Assist in monitoring status of accomplishments against established schedules.
  • Research, analyze, and draft responses to questions regarding specific transportation related topics.

The ideal candidate is a student dedicated to public service, working as a part of the Executive Branch.

The ideal candidate possesses strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

The ideal candidate enjoys multi-tasking, working at a fast-paced tempo, and does not become overwhelmed by competing demands and large volume of incoming information.

Additionally, the ideal candidate is organized, enjoys researching issues, has good critical thinking skills, and can synthesize large amounts of information and present them in a clear and concise manner often working under tight deadlines.

Preferred majors include engineering student with at least 4 or more semesters in their program with an interest in pavements, materials, project delivery, resilience, and sustainability, or related fields.


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