Civil Engineering Scholar

Virginia Dept of Transportation - Virginia3.9

The recruitment has been extended to close on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm. All current applicants will remain under consideration.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently searching for students to join our CIVIL ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM in multiple areas and locations throughout the state.

The Civil Engineering Scholarship Program offers civil engineering students the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world experiences while earning money to assist with educational expenses. This program provides a pipeline of engineers for VDOT. Additionally, Scholars will receive a $3,500 stipend each semester.

These positions are available in multiple locations. Positions are available in the Central Office (downtown Richmond) and the districts Richmond, Salem, Bristol, Lynchburg, Staunton, Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

The internship program is designed to give interns exposure to a variety of work assignments and special projects within the department that will provide professional and career development. This program also allows interns the opportunity to work closely within a diverse work environment that values inclusiveness.

Scholars will participate in a paid developmental work assignment each summer from May until August. A variety of engineering experiences are available. A Scholar may work in a capacity related to their knowledge and experience level in areas such as Structure & Bridge, Location & Design, Environmental, Construction & Materials. Scholars are encouraged but not required to work in a different location across the state of Virginia each summer to increase the breadth of their experiences and prepare them for a successful engineering career (housing & relocation are not provided).

A $3,500.00 stipend is issued to Scholars at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters. These funds are not gift-aid and will not conflict with gift-aid scholarships.

Upon graduation the Scholar is placed in the Core Development Program as a full-time employee in a civil engineering position. The Scholar is contractually obligated to stay with VDOT to repay their stipend; six months for each stipend received. Repayment of stipend is required from Scholar if he/she decides to leave VDOT.

Visit the Core Development Program website at and scroll down for more information.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state’s roads, bridges, tunnels and ferry systems. Through the Commonwealth Transportation Board, VDOT also provides funding for airports, rail and public transportation. Virginia has the third largest state-maintained highway system in the country, employing just over 7,500 employees across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Be a US citizen or permanent US resident.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • As of May 2019, be a rising sophomore (2nd), junior (3rd) or senior (4th) year of undergraduate study or a graduate student in a 2-year or 4-year accredited college/university
  • Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours per semester for graduate students.
Preferred Qualifications
Successful interns will be motivated, customer focused and action-oriented individuals with a drive for learning on the job and achieving results. You will have demonstrated ability to make quality and timely decisions, take initiative, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, prioritize and organize multiple demands in a continuously changing environment, and meet established deadlines. Ability to anticipate problems, provide solutions, follow instructions, learn quickly and collaborate with teammates.

Special Requirements
  • Civil Engineering Scholar Hiring Range:
o $15.50/hour Undergraduate Student
o $17.50/hour Graduate Student
  • A resume and an unofficial transcript must be submitted with this application to be considered for this position.
  • A sealed official transcript is required if contacted for a face to face interview.
  • Select candidates will start the beginning of June 2019, work until August 2019, and have the opportunity to work during the school year.
  • This is a part-time wage position – NO state benefits offered.
  • Housing and Relocation are NOT provided.
  • This position DOES NOT offer sponsorship.
  • Visit the Internship Program website at for more information.
  • Some Engineering Intern positions may require unrestricted mobility including, at times, unrestricted mobility in irregular terrain; work in an outdoor environment; and the ability to lift, bend and stand for long periods of time.
  • Assignments may include requirements to wear personal protective equipment (hard hat, safety vest, safety boots, etc.) and the ability to work from heights (may include requirements to wear fall protections equipment).
Special Instructions to Applicants
VDOT is a diverse and inclusive organization. We encourage veterans, military, military spouses and people with disabilities to apply for this position. VDOT is a “Virginia Values Veterans” (V3) official certified state agency since 2015 that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard. VDOT employees have Shared Values and a Code of Ethics ( We encourage all those who apply to review these values and ethics. If you share our values, we invite you to apply. Your success in our organization depends upon sharing these values and keeping this Code of Ethics.

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 pm on the closing date through the Recruitment Management System (RMS). State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered. Applicants are expected to fully represent qualifications and work history on the State application. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided on the application, therefore, it is essential to fully complete each section of the application and provide detailed information. Submitting an incomplete state application, or a state application lacking in detail, may impact your interview eligibility.

This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your RMS Account to check the status of your application for this position.

This position requires a fingerprint based criminal history background check.