Engineering Co-op program

Typically, the Iowa DOT employs 15-18 civil and construction engineering students through university cooperative education programs each year. These co-op students work alongside permanent staff, gaining practical experience to complement and enhance their education.

Iowa's climate dictates that our workload in construction and maintenance is heaviest during the summer and fall semesters, so the majority of co-op placements are made during that period. However, co-op recruitment goes on year-round.

What are the qualifications for engineering co-ops?

To qualify for the program, students must:
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited
    engineering program.
  • Enroll in their university's co-op program.
  • Be able to work 40 hours or more per week.
  • First-time co-ops must work a minimum of seven months (summer plus semester).
  • Have a sophomore standing prior to beginning the co-op.

Where are engineering co-ops stationed?

Co-op students may be assigned to the field or central office – about half of the positions are in field locations and the other half in the central complex in Ames. Field assignments usually require a valid driver's license.

Iowa DOT Engineering Co-op Program Application

For more information about the co-op program and other engineering opportunities at the Iowa DOT contact:

Iowa Department of Transportation
Engineering Student Co-op Program
DOT-InternCoop@dot.iowa.gov

What students are saying

"In Traffic and Safety, you learn another way of looking at road design, an opportunity to learn an area not covered in school."
Nate T.

"I became familiar with the research side of engineering. I learned how to write proposals and estimate projects."
Dustin S.