Gain experience in the planning field, with a focus on multimodal transportation

The MIC offers paid internships in a professional office setting. Our goal is to provide a valuable learning experience by building on the knowledge and skills acquired in academic courses.

Hiring Update

We will be hiring three interns for the 2018 school year (one each for Spring, Summer and Fall semester) – however, next year’s work program and budget must be approved before we can begin the application process. We expect this will occur in late October or early November.

If you are interested in applying, please contact us to request that we notify you by email when the job is posted. (Sorry but we cannot keep resumes on file).

Interns work closely with MIC staff in preparing plans and studies for multiple modes of transportation including roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, transit, harbor and freight.

They also have the opportunity to engage in regular staff discussions and to observe how agencies, working groups and members of the public interact as part of community planning processes.


Depending on the time of year and current work program, intern work (and related learning outcomes) may include:

  • Data collection – through online surveys, field observations of traffic movements, manual counts of bicycles and pedestrians, handheld GPS
  • Data entry and analysis – using Excel, Survey Monkey, basic ArcGIS
  • Research – on topics in support of planning projects
  • Writing – memos, reports, plan chapters, meeting minutes, using Word, Powerpoint, Publisher, Adobe PDF
  • Meetings – assisting with and/or attending scheduled meetings with policy board, advisory committees, local jurisdictions, agencies and working groups
  • Social Media – posting relevant content to the MIC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and OpenMIC blog
  • Presentations (optional) – committee updates and status reports, Powerpoints
Learning Outcomes
  • Complete Streets/Context Sensitive Design Solutions
  • Transportation – Land Use Relationships
  • Access Management
  • Transit Planning
  • Multimodal Transportation Networks
  • Bike and Pedestrian Counting Methodologies
  • Socio-economic Input Data in Travel Demand Modeling
  • Networking and Interpersonal Skills
  • Government Agency Coordination and Collaboration
  • Consensus Building
  • Computer Software – Microsoft Office Suite and ESRI ArcMap
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Participation
  • Geographic Information System Theory – basic to complex

Hiring Process

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.
Application Forms

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

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?