Internship Opportunity - Innovative Mobility Intern
This is a paid temporary position limited to a maximum of 9 months from the date of hire.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received and this announcement will be closed when the position is filled. It is in your best interest to apply early.
This position is not covered by the Partnership Agreement between the State of Colorado and Colorado Workers for Innovative and New Solutions (COWins).
Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.
Do you want to make a difference in Coloradans’ lives? Do you have a passion for helping people and keeping them safe? At the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), you’ll have the opportunity to do just that. The work our people do contributes to keeping Coloradans and visitors safe and provides freedom, connection, and experience through travel. Please visit our careers page to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!
CDOT for All
CDOT’s strength is our people, and our commitment to our people is to shape, support, and sustain the employee experience, and ultimately, create a supportive workplace where everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, education, disability, socio-economic status, or any other identity, has the opportunity to thrive.
In addition to a fantastic place to work, CDOT offers all temporary employees paid sick leave. Temporary employees accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, capped at forty-eight 48 hours.
Description of Job
This internship is in the Office of Innovative Mobility, which includes the Division of Transit and Rail and other functions to expand mobility options, including through ridesharing, electrification, and emerging technologies. The intern selected for this position will be working directly with the Assistant Directors of Mobility Services, Mobility Technology, and Electrification and Energy.
We promote a culture of customer-focused continuous improvement, as reflected in CDOT's Core Values, including the value of Excellence: We are leaders and problem solvers, continuously improving our products and services in support of our commitment to provide the best transportation systems for Colorado.
Effective improvement occurs on a project-by-project basis, and we invite you to apply to become an intern, helping us use behavioral insights, project and change management, and communication strategies to increase mobility options for Coloradans.
What’ll You’ll be Doing
The purpose of this part-time/full-time temporary internship is to provide meaningful professional experience in the transportation field to collegiate or graduate students (or graduates within 3 years of graduation, or Colorado Refugee Services Program participants) with proven academic performance and a strong desire to learn and contribute.
- Manage stakeholder engagement including note taking, data collection, and project coordination for various emerging mobility projects such as the Front Range Passenger Rail and the Transit Emissions Dashboard.
- Support the management of new and ongoing grant programs including the Office of Innovative Mobility grants, National EV Infrastructure (NEVI) program grants, Charge Ahead Colorado grants, Can Do Community grants, Division of Transit & Rail call for projects, and more.
- Conduct research and analysis on traditional and emerging technologies, electrification, Transportation Demand Management (TDM), and multimodal strategies.
- Support the development and implementation of new and existing state plans, including the 2023 Colorado Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Roadmap, and others.
- Work with diverse stakeholders across multiple state and local agencies, as well as the private and nonprofit sector, to develop and implement strategies around e-mobility education and awareness, zero-emission vehicle workforce development, internal change management, and more.
- Grant writing and reporting as needed.
- Occasional travel within the Denver metro region and to other areas throughout the state.
- Other duties as assigned.
- This position is based at CDOT's Statewide Headquarters Complex located at 2829 W. Howard Place, Denver, CO 80204. However, it will primarily be a "Work From Anywhere" position.
- Expected work schedule is between Monday through Friday.
- It is anticipated that this role will work approximately 24 to 40 hours per week.
- Ability to work in an active, collaborative, team-oriented environment, often using virtual means in a "Work from Anywhere" environment, is a must.
- Use of a computer to accomplish everyday work duties
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Qualified candidates must be either:
- Any college student enrolled in an accredited community college, college or university seeking an Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. degree.
- A recent college graduate. Recently graduated means the individual should have attended an accredited college or university and have graduated with an Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. degree within three calendar years.
- A certified participant in the Colorado Refugee Services Program.
Please Note: The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. “See Resume” statements on the application or resumes in lieu of a complete application may not be accepted. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.
College Transcripts: If you are using education to qualify, a legible copy of your official or unofficial college transcript(s) or a foreign credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts must show the name of the school and that a degree was conferred. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or foreign credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.
Conditions of Employment
Must pass a pre-employment screening, including social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records check, educational records, and driving records checks. More information is in the supplemental information section.
The exceptional applicant will be undergraduate or graduate college/university student, or recent graduate as defined above, interested in improving the Colorado Department of Transportation through innovative mobility and has proven accomplishments in the following:
- Knowledge of and interest in sustainable mobility and a desire to learn about and apply the rapidly developing technologies, policies, funding opportunities and best practices in this sector.
- Strong analytical skills including data collection/analysis and a robust ability to use Microsoft Excel.
- A collaborative spirit with excellent follow-up and relationship-building skills.
- Excellent organizational skills, an ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-moving environment, self-direct, and take initiative with minimum supervision.
- Strong communicator including interpersonal, written, and speaking skills.
- Intermediate to advanced Geographic Information System (GIS) skills and experience using Esri products is a plus.
- Experience and/or ability to learn graphic design, website management, and document creation.
Complete Applications must include the following documents:
- A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the green 'APPLY' button at the top of this announcement)
- A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (The questionnaire is part of the online application. You will be prompted to answer them as you are completing your online application.)
- A cover letter that describes your interest in this position, how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
- A detailed chronological resume. Resumes must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application.
- If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
- If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.
Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit all application materials by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.
All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "state.co.us" and "firstname.lastname@example.org" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.
If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with “Info Cubic”.
The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
Discrimination and/or harassment against any person is prohibited because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran’s status, marital status, gender identity or any other protected class recognized under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA). This applies to all employment decisions.
CDOT is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Emily Harp at Emily.Harp@state.co.us or call 303-757-9738.
Former State Employees
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.