2021 Summer Internships

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Internships are a critical opportunity for students to gain experience in the professional world. Students will learn how to integrate into the work force, network with other professionals, and pave a path for their future career. Through meaningful work and other development opportunities, an internship with the Interstate Bridge Replacement program is a valuable tool for student and young professional development. For the summer of 2021, the internship program will occur remotely (online) due to COVID health guidance in Washington and Oregon.

We understand the vital link the bridge plays in connecting the region and the importance of the natural environment and health of our community. We are committed to finding a solution that will improve our transportation system now, and for the future.

Come be part of it! Please see position descriptions and pay rates below.

Communications Intern

Be involved in the Interstate Bridge Replacement program! This opportunity is open to High School and College students. At the Interstate Bridge Replacement program, we are committed to centering equity in our processes and our outcomes. Enriching the lives of our community members through internships is a priority.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Completing tasks as a part of a team, including community engagement, advisory committee, and media tasks
  • Working directly and online with the community
  • Assisting in creating, writing, editing, assembling, and distributing of memos, flyers, newsletters, online meeting content, and other products
  • Engaging and collaborating with the program team remotely

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Junior or Senior in High School or a College Student
  • Effective and reliable communicator
  • Knowledge or aptitude for learning marketing, promotion and creative strategies, community engagement
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Adaptable and flexible to meet the needs of changing priorities 
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently and as part of a dynamic team
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Knowledge of MS Office 365 
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, drive, and the ability to take initiative
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills
  • Cooperative and collaborative team member with ability to communicate in a professional and respectful manner with all clients, co-workers, stakeholders, community members, public officials, and other business partners
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Multilingual a plus
  • Experience in Adobe Pro, Canva and social media platforms a plus
  • Local candidates preferred. Please note that there is no relocation or housing assistance associated with this internship.
  • Experience with a wide variety of communities in virtual, phone and in-person settings.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Please submit your resume to jenna.oley@interstatebridge.org

Deadline for resumes: May 11th; Interns to start on June 7th

Civil Engineering Intern

Be involved in the Interstate Bridge Replacement program! This opportunity is open to college students in good standing working towards a Civil Engineering degree within an accredited program. At the Interstate Bridge Replacement program, we are committed to centering equity in our processes and our outcomes. Enriching the lives of our community members through internships is a priority.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Aid in design of highway and urban roadway projects.
  • Gain experience in MicroStation, InRoads, and OpenRoads drafting and design software
  • Engaging and collaborating with the program team remotely

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Entering Junior or Senior in College
  • Working towards a Civil Engineering Degree
  • Knowledge of MS Office 365 
  • Strong technical writing, analytical and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented with an emphasis on quality work products
  • Effective and reliable communicator
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working independently and as part of a dynamic team
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Enthusiasm, motivation, drive, and the ability to take initiative
  • Able to reliably set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Cooperative and collaborative team member with ability to communicate in a professional and respectful manner
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude

Preferred Qualifications

  • Local candidates preferred. Please note that there is no relocation or housing assistance associated with this internship.
  • Experience with CAD.
  • Experience with highway design, site civil, drainage and/or urban roadway design.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. Relocation assistance is not available for this position

Please submit your resume to jenna.oley@interstatebridge.org

Deadline for resumes: May 11th; Interns to start on June 7th

Pay Rates

High School Interns

High school students who have completed their junior year will be paid $15.20/hr., $2634/mo.
High school students who have completed their senior year will be paid $15.68/hr., $2717/mo.

College Interns

Those who are within or have completed their freshman year in college will be paid $19.32/hr., $3348/mo.
Those who are within or have completed their sophomore year in college or those who have their associate’s degree will be paid $20.22/hr., $3505/mo.
Those who are within or have completed their junior year in college will be paid $21.20/hr., $3675/mo.
Those who are within their senior year or have graduated with a bachelor’s degree will be paid $22.22/hr., $3552/mo.

About the Interstate Bridge Replacement program

Interstate 5 (I-5) provides a critical connection between Oregon and Washington that supports local jobs and families, and is a vital trade route for regional, national and international economies. The Interstate Bridge serves as a key piece of infrastructure on this corridor, connecting the two vibrant cities of Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. With one span of the bridge now over 100 years old, the two existing structures are at risk of collapse in the event of a major earthquake and no longer satisfy the needs of modern commerce and travel.

Replacing the aging Interstate Bridge across the Columbia River with a modern, seismically resilient, multimodal structure that provides improved mobility for people, goods and services is a high priority for Oregon and Washington. Governors and legislative leadership in both states directed the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to launch the bi-state Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) program to lead this work, recognizing that needed safety and transportation improvements to the existing Interstate Bridge remain unaddressed. Program development work will center on equity and follow a transparent, data-driven process that includes collaboration with local, state, federal, and tribal partners.