Building skills and connections through internship
While some interns spend their days making copies and coffee runs, Caitlin Johnson spent her summer internship working on a research project exploring ways to improve safety in work zones.
Johnson, a fifth-year civil engineering student at the U of MN Twin Cities, participated in this year’s Summer Transportation Internship Program. Roadway Safety Institute staff facilitated Johnson's placement within MnDOT’s Office of Traffic, Safety, and Technology (OTST). Johnson says her internship at MnDOT gave her the opportunity to study a topic that hasn’t been explored in-depth in the past and present those findings to industry professionals, including staff from the Federal Highway Administration.
“I’ve been finding things that people weren’t really expecting,” Johnson says. “And it might change the way that we go about making work zones safer.”
Johnson’s time with MnDOT didn’t end when the summer did; she’s continuing to work for the OTST during the 2015–16 school year.