- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
CAIT-NJDOT Summer Internship Program
The CAIT-NJDOT Summer Internship Program is a cooperative CAIT initiative that supports education and workforce development. The program is intended to enhance and expand students’ on-campus education with experiential learning and practical professional experience. The internship is mutually beneficial to the students and NJDOT.
A CAIT-NJDOT summer internship exposes students to the scores of areas NJDOT is involved in—construction, traffic engineering, structural engineering, intermodal transportation, freight, and more—and allows them to more deeply examine the area in which they work during their time at the agency. The internship provides invaluable practical professional experience, gives students the opportunity work on solving real-world problems, broadens their worldview, and gives them a taste of what lies ahead.
Advantages of the program for NJDOT include the opportunity recruit new, motivated talent for its workforce. NJDOT also benefits from the arrangement by virtue of the fresh perspectives students bring to solving problems. In addition, NJDOT can take satisfaction in knowing it is playing an active role in guiding the development of the next generation of transportation professionals.
Student Eligibility, Requirements & Compensation
Important! Read these requirements prior to downloading the application at the bottom of the page.
- Students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates in their third (junior) or fourth (senior) year, or a graduating senior.
- Only Rutgers students concentrating their studies in engineering or planning are eligible for the internship.
- CAIT compensates the students (at an agreed-upon hourly wage, presently $10/hour). Compensation in the form of course credits is also considered on a case-by-case basis. NJDOT has no financial obligation to the student.
- Students are expected to work at least 37.5 hours per week.
- Interns are expected to work for the full term (12–16 weeks) agreed upon when they are selected. However, interns are employed “at will,” hence the arrangement may be terminated by CAIT, NJDOT, or the student at any time without reason or notice.
- At the end of the internship, students are required to prepare a final report and presentation summarizing the project and submit both to CAIT for review.
- Interns will work in specific NJDOT units under the supervision of a NJDOT mentor. Work assignments are at the discretion of the NJDOT supervisor assigned to the student. The intention is that the student will hold a technical office position acting in a capacity similar to a civil engineer in training (CET).
- CAIT expects that NJDOT will limit an intern's work assignments to one or two units within the agency to ensure an immersive experience and facilitate a meaningful relationship between the intern and his or her mentor.
- Projects undertaken during the internship should have relevance to the student's studies.