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The North Front Range Transportation Research Internship Program (NFR-TRIP) is a student employment activity of the Mountain Plains Consortium. CSU, in conjunction with city and county governments in northern Colorado, annually arranges and offers several internships in the field of transportation. These are available to CSU Civil Engineering undergraduate majors at the junior and senior levels, including graduating seniors.

The types of projects recently involved:

  • Mason Street corridor planning
  • Bicycle and pedestrian planning
  • County construction permit tracking
  • Transit surveys
  • Map, analysis, and documentation of MS4 stormwater features
  • Safe Routes to School program
  • Sediment and erosion inspections
  • Colorado Land Survey Monument Record documentation
  • Right of Way investigation

The internships typically extend through through the summer and possibly into the school year. Hours are contingent on the scope and timing of each project. Internships are at least 20 hours/week, but typically full-time in the summer and 10-12 hours/week during the semester. Compensation for the internship is on an hourly pay basis. The interns work at the site of the projects, in some cases with a consultant. CSU and the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization organize these internships. Internships are arranged in cooperation with local transportation agencies in order to promote an ongoing relationship between the university and the government.

Internship opportunitites are developed as ongoing porcesses. As each position becomes available a briefe description will be added to this web site. The first listings for Summer/ Fall 2009 are now available. Applicants will be considered for all internships available via an interview and placement process. The application process begins about mid-September for Fall semesters and about mid-March for Spring semesters.

Applications are closed as of 5:00 p.m., April 15th for Summer 2009 and tentatively interviews will be in early May. This timing may be extended, so please recheck this web site periodically. If you have an interest in these positions, please fill out the. Submit the application request in one of the following ways:

Additional Application Requirements

Once you are contacted you will be asked for additional information:

  • Present class/work schedule
  • Final Exam schedule for SP09
  • Projected SU09 class schedule
  • Projected FA08 class schedule, when available
  • Names and contact information for two references: one being a faculty member.
    You do not need letters from them.
  • Current Resume

If you have questions about these internships, please call Professor Gutkowski at 970-491-8291 or e-mail him at the above address. The application process has begun for this current semester, Spring 2009. Please check this web site periodically for future announcements concerning available internships. Available internships will be posted "on the fly" as they become known. Each applicant is usually interviewed simultaneously by all the various employers, for about 30-45 minutes each. Eligible applicants will be contacted directly to schedule an interview.

Examples of Past Intern Summaries

Ethan Ford
Liz Kidner

Leslie DeWitt
David Oldham

Amy Robbin

Spring 2009 Internship Applications are Now Open

The following internships are currently available:

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