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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 student interns have the opportunity to work on one of our construction job sites located across the country, while some work in one of the Federal Lands Highway Division offices located in Ashburn, Virginia; Lakewood, Colorado; and Vancouver, Washington.

Interns on a construction field trip
Arlington Memorial Bridge Reconstruction Field Trip, Washington DC

Through the Pathways Program, the Division offices hire college students majoring in Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering Management, Geomatics (Surveying) Engineering, Environmental Engineering, etc. to fill short-term staffing needs. This program is a mechanism for recruitment into entry-level positions within FLH. The program provides an excellent opportunity for on-the-job experience, preparing the student for potential future consideration for employment with the Federal Highway Administration and the transportation industry.

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.

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.

Interns are assigned under many different disciplines based on their focus area and the needs of the division office. Assignments may include travel throughout the U.S. These Disciplines include: