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Collegiate Internship in Project/Program Management
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State of Colorado | Denver, CO
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Department Information

This is a paid temporary part time or full-time position with no benefits and will exist for 9 months or less. Appointment may be made as early as April 1, 2017.

About CDOT

Come work for the very best! The Colorado Department of Transportation is a 1.4 billion dollar a year business dedicated to provide the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado that most effectively and safely moves people, goods, and information. Our Purpose at CDOT is To Save Lives, and Make People's Lives Better, and we do that working to have the very best multi-modal transportation system. We are working to become the Best Department of Transportation in Country, and we invite to be part of that success as an intern.

At CDOT, our capital construction is typically about $600 million a year, or half of the total budget. CDOT, with more than 3,300 employees and scores of public and private partners throughout the state, is responsible for multi-modal engineering, planning, and roadway maintenance for a 9,146 mile highway system including 3,447 bridges which handles over 27 billion vehicle miles of travel. Although the Interstate system accounts for only about 10% (914 miles) of the total mileage in the state system, 40% of all travel takes place on our Interstate highways. In addition, CDOT's Aeronautics Division supports Colorado's general aviation community through distribution of entitlement funds, an aviation grant program, and long-range system planning in partnership with Colorado's general aviation airports. CDOT's Division of Transit and Rail is responsible for the planning, development, finance, operation, and integration of transit and rail services into Colorado's overall transportation system.

CDOT's core values of safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect make CDOT a great place to work, making Colorado a great place to live. We strive to become the Best Department of Transportation in the Country.


Description of Job

The purpose of this part-time/full-time temporary internship is to provide meaningful professional experience in project management and program management to collegiate students (or recent graduates, or Colorado Refugee Services Program participants) with proven academic performance and a strong desire to learn and contribute.

This internship is housed with the CDOT Office of Process Improvement and interacts with many organizations across CDOT. 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 with internal change projects (and, with program management for the portfolio of these projects).

DUTIES include the following but not limited to:

1) Assisting CDOT internal change projects with:

* Characterizing and documenting basic process and operating information;
* Assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of processes and practices (including the use of continuous improvement practices and change management methodologies);
* Applying the skills and discipline of project management for these change projects -- including the structure and tools recommended by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which was developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI); and
* Developing recommendations for improving operations.

2) Helping ensure that our internal change projects are not only "technically ready" but are also "business ready" by applying the practices and principles of the discipline of "change management".

3) Providing a summary presentation at the conclusion of the internship regarding the internship experience;

4) Assist instructors who provide training in project management and program management methods, tools, and techniques;

5) Development of strategy; and

6) Perform other duties as assigned.

This position is located on CDOT's Headquarters Complex, 4201 E. Arkansas Avenue in Denver, Colorado.

Additional information about the internship experience in the Office of Process Improvement is available at:


Examples of change project at CDOT are available here:


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

* Enrolled as an undergraduate (for at least 12 semester hours or 15 quarter hours) or graduate student (enrolled for at least 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours) at an U.S. accredited college or university, college, or similar learning institution, with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA during the last completed semester/quarter; or
* Or, a recently graduated college student with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. "Recently graduated" means the individual should have attended an U.S. accredited school and have graduated from that college or university during the past 12 months.
* Or, a certified participant in the Colorado Refugee Services Program.

A copy of your transcript(s) that shows all course work including current coursework, the name of the school, GPA, and whether a degree was granted must be submitted with your application; unofficial copies are acceptable. 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 credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position. (See "Supplemental Information" Section)

The Exceptional Candidate will be an undergraduate or graduate college/university student, or recent graduate as defined above, interested in applying change management techniques in an organization and has proven accomplishments in the following:

* Completion of 3 years or more in an accredited university in a project management-related or program management-related curriculum or a related discipline, including coursework in project management or similar courses. Suitable degrees programs may include (but are not limited to) project management; information technology (IT); information management; information systems management; management science; systems engineering; quality assurance; industrial engineering; statistics; mathematics; strategy management; or business management.
* Knowledge of, and experience with, project management technologies, such as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK);
* Knowledge of, and experience with, change management and change leadership theory, technology and practices;
* Knowledge of, and experience with, Agile project management (such as the Scrum methodology);
* Knowledge and experience with documenting processes and operations.
* Excellent interpersonal skills.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision.
* Experience with the Microsoft Office suite (including Visio), and Google mail ("Gmail") and related Google applications; experience with project management software is a plus.

Employment Screening

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 differed 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 "TC logiQ".

TC logiQ, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT. Further information regarding TC logiQ, including its privacy policy, may be found online at www.TClogiQ.com. TC logiQ is located at 629 N. Weber St., Suite 7C, Colorado Springs, and can be reached at 877.825.6447.

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, education 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.

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: 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.

Complete Applications Must Include:

1. A cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in this position. (Please attach to your online application.)

2. A copy of your college / university transcripts that shows all coursework including current coursework and the name of the school (Please attach to your online application)

3. A chronological resume (Please attach to your online application)


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Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts 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.