Each fall, the MIC posts, interviews for and fills all three internships for the following academic year (one each for the spring, summer and fall semesters).
See the “Updates” tab on this page for current status of the hiring process.
Candidates must be enrolled in good standing at a university or college as an undergraduate or graduate student during the semester of the internship. To apply, you must be able to:
- Register for internship credits through a university or college program and provide verification of enrollment;
- Work 15-20 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer;
- Commit to a semester- (or summer-) length internship.
The application process is managed by the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (the MIC is a division of ARDC). If the position is currently posted (see “Updates” tab on this page) begin by completing the standard application form at ardc.org/careers.
We expect that student resumes may not be especially strong in related work experience, so coursework and extracurricular activities may be listed more prominently.
Note that we also require a cover letter describing your interest in transportation planning generally and in this internship specifically.
The MIC Internship Supplemental Application Form must also be completed to enable us to determine candidates’ availability for the three semesters and to know your academic requirements for the internship.
Selected candidates will be invited to interview with MIC staff. Successful applicants will be able to describe how their work experience, extracurricular activities and/or college coursework relates to these needed competencies and interests:
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Self-motivated to work both independently and in a collaborative work setting
- Ability to interact in a professional office setting
- Detail oriented, good organizational skills
- Ability to balance multiple projects and adaptable, when necessary,
- Interest in planning in general and in this internship specifically
Typical questions that may be asked in the interview include:
- Although it’s not always easy to explain — what’s your understanding of what the MIC is, and what we do?
- How has your education prepared you for this internship?
- How has your work experience prepared you for this internship?
- What are you hoping to gain from this internship?
- Describe your experience working in teams and with groups on projects?
- Describe your experience using social media – personally, and on behalf of a group or organization.
- Describe your computer and technology skills (equipment, software, level of expertise).
- What experience have you had in writing reports, business letters and/or memos?
- What are your career plans?
- Summarize: why should we hire you for this internship?
- Do you have any questions for us?