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.

Co-op Program 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 Applicaton

Currently, the Iowa DOT does not have any Engineering co-op openings available. Please check back in September of 2013 for availability of internships for the spring 2014 semester.

To sign up for e-mail alerts about co-op openings, please visit: www.iowadot/jobs and click on the co-ops and internships page to subscribe.

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

What students are saying

"Students have a chance to find out what their interests are. The experience makes students more valuable to their future employer."
Ben H.

"In Traffic and Safety, you learn another way of looking at road design, an opportunity to learn an area not covered in school."
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"I became familiar with the research side of engineering. I learned how to write proposals and estimate projects." Dustin S.

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