MDOT Student Information and Application Procedures

The Maryland Department of Transportation Fellows Intern Program

A Message from the Secretary of Transportation

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is once again pleased to partner with the Shriver Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the MDOT Fellows Summer Internship Program.  Established in 2000, this program is designed to provide promising college students an opportunity to merge their academic studies with practical and substantive work experience through exposure to technology, administration, and the inner workings of state government.

Our mission at MDOT is to build and maintain a world-class, balanced, 21st Century transportation system that promotes safety, economic development, community revitalization and environmental preservation.  We successfully achieve this vision by reaching out to local governments, organizations, communities and individuals to build consensus on projects.  It is through our commitment to partnering with others that we have dedicated ourselves to working with college students to help them reach their highest potential.  Working collaboratively with the Shriver Center to identify and secure placement of exemplary students, while affording them an opportunity to learn, reaffirms our commitment to partnerships and ensures the next generation is equipped to lead and find solutions to complex issues.  Today, we have successfully assisted more than 150 Shriver Center students in gaining meaningful work experience, proving that programs such as this can be successful in contributing to the future growth of the transportation workforce.

For eight weeks during the summer, students selected to participate in the MDOT Fellows Program will work full-time on many of the projects that we have been able to move forward thanks to the leadership of Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and members of our General Assembly in passing the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013.  The Transportation Investment Act has enabled us to advance transit projects like the Red Line in Baltimore and the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince’s George’s counties, and numerous highway and bridge projects throughout the State.  Each of these projects will provide significant opportunities to Marylanders by creating jobs, expanding economic growth, connecting communities, enhancing safety and improving mobility.

Former President Lyndon Baines Johnson once said: “We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.”   Becoming a MDOT Fellow is an internship experience that can pave the way toward a successful career in the transportation industry and open doors to future growth.

I encourage you to apply today.


Secretary James T. Smith, Jr.
The Program

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Fellows Internship Program is designed to recruit Maryland’s most promising college students and introduce them to the rewards and challenges of working within Maryland’s integrated transportation system through a summer internship.

Students may be placed as interns at one of MDOT’s agencies:

The Summer
During eight weeks this summer (June 9 to August 1, 2014), MDOT Fellow Interns will:

  • Work on substantive projects (click to see a sample of former intern projects), with senior-level public administrators in MDOT’s integrated system of agencies that closely correspond with each intern’s field of study or career interests.
  • Attend site visits and seminars designed to introduce interns to public administration in transportation.
  • Gain valuable exposure (click to obtain former MDOT fellow intern and mentor comments) to the tremendous workforce behind the Maryland Department of Transportation while earning a $3,500 stipend.

Why participate? Why me? Why bother?

  • Test your skills and explore areas of interest
  • Get a behind-the-scene look into the operations of a major state agency
  • Learn how to work in a positive, professional and dynamic environment with senior management transportation officials
  • Gain access to information about careers at MDOT and other government agencies
  • Help gain confidence and develop management skills in the workplace
  • Create long-lasting friendships and relationships that will help in networking
  • Get paid while learning about facets of the field of transportation

Who can participate?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be undergraduate students attending a four-year college or university in Maryland, or Maryland residents attending an out-of-state college or university
  • Have completed 90 credits or be entering their senior year
  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher

ALL majors are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested students are asked to submit:

• Resume (please include current email address)
• Transcript (unofficial transcript is fine)
• Essay (one page or 300 words or less) on “What do you see as Maryland ‘s biggest transportation issue and how would you solve it?”

Materials should be sent to:
The Shriver Center, UMBC
Attention: MDOT Fellows Internship Program
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Telephone – 410-455-2493 Fax – 410-455-1074

Application Deadline: Friday, March 7, 2014

For more information contact:
Hannah Schmitz, Program Coordinator
MDOT Fellows Internship Program
The Shriver Center at UMBC