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Civil Engineer Pathways Student Intern

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The Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements is hiring a Civil Engineer Pathways Student Intern (GS-0899-05/07/09 - $21.63 to $42.61 hourly) in Washington, DC. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens). This internship announcement closes on 04/23/2024.


This is a developmental position within FHWA's Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements (HICP). The position is designed to provide interns with challenging assignments that will broaden their perspectives on issues facing the government and prepare them for future positions throughout the government.

The Civil Engineer Pathways Student Intern will be exposed to many facets of infrastructure research, the associated technology transfer, and interaction with stakeholders such as other FHWA offices and state Departments of Transportation. The selectee will gain this experience while they work with FHWA staff in HICP on technology transfer activities for ongoing projects related to HICP's concrete pavement materials program (while also supporting FHWA's new Low Carbon Transportation Materials Program). You will:

  • Assist with the development and execution of program documentation and technical resources.
  • Participate in technology transfer activities to communicate best practices.
  • Contribute to achieving the strategic goals of the agency; namely, safety, infrastructure, and innovation.

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

The ideal candidate possesses Microsoft Office knowledge; Customer Service experience; is inquisitive & has a positive attitude; is eager to learn and understand federal policy & guidance; and has an innovative mindset.


Desired General Skills:Good written and oral communication skills, situational awareness in a professional environment, experience managing small projects or tasks, proficient with commercial word-processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software packages such as Microsoft Office Suite.

Desired Technical or Engineering-Specific Skills: Experience preparing technical reports or papers, experience conducting tests on a material or pavement, experience analyzing experimental test data, experience in pavement design and analysis would be preferred but not required. Desired Completed Coursework: Concrete and Steel Structural Design, Structural Analysis; Prestressed Concrete Structural Design preferred but not required.


Why Washington, DC?

Washington, DC, the U.S. capital, is a compact city on the Potomac River, bordering the states of Maryland and Virginia. It’s defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings – including the iconic ones that house the federal government’s 3 branches: the Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. It's also home to iconic museums and performing-arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.

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Find FHWA's Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements at the U.S. Department of Transportation's headquarters at 1200 New Jersey Avenue Southeast in downtown Washington, DC!