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Civil Engineer Scholar

Architecture / Engineering


Civil Engineer Scholar

  • 494267
  • 1221 EAST BROAD STREET , Downtown, RICHMOND, Virginia, United States, 23219
  • VA Dept of Transportation
  • Architecture / Engineering
  • Wage (Hourly)
  • VA Dept of Transportation

Title: Civil Engineer Scholar

Hiring Range: $22.00 - $29.00

Agency: VA Dept of Transportation

Location: Old Hwy. Building

Agency Website: https://jobs.virginia.gov/

Recruitment Type: General Public - G

Job Duties

What drives you?  Whether it's knowing the work you do makes a difference, having a great work/life balance, working on exciting and challenging projects, leading innovation and championing change or simply working with a great group of people who are committed to professionalism. At the Virginia Department of Transportation, we have something for you.  

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently searching for the best and brightest Civil Engineering undergraduate students (rising juniors and rising seniors) to develop as VDOT engineering professionals through its Civil Engineering Scholarship Program (CESP). CESP provides a meaningful on-the-job learning experience, targeted training, coaching, and mentoring as a Civil Engineering Scholar through a structured approach to develop mission-critical technical skills and Teammate competencies. A semester stipend is included with employment.

Scholars will participate in a paid developmental work assignment during each summer from June until August. As a pipeline to the EDGE Program, Scholars will complete one rotational experience during the summer that will satisfy requirements of the EDGE Program, which will provide advanced standing and the opportunity to complete training requirements on an advanced schedule. Some of the rotational areas that Scholars can choose from include Structure and Bridge, Location and Design, Environmental, Construction, Traffic Engineering and Residency Operations among others.

A $3,500 stipend is awarded to Scholars at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. These funds are not gift-aid and will not conflict with gift-aid scholarships or other financial aid. No more than four stipend payments will be awarded to any one Scholar. For stipend eligibility:
Scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale throughout the duration of the program.
Scholars must maintain satisfactory program performance standards and expectations as outlined in the Scholar Contract.

Upon graduation, the Scholar is placed in VDOT’s Engineering Development and Growth Experience (EDGE) Program as a Civil Engineering Associate, which is a full-time classified civil engineering position with benefits. Scholars are required to commit to six months of employment at VDOT for every $3,500 stipend awarded during undergraduate study.

This job announcement is a continuous recruitment with multiple job locations through the Commonwealth of Virginia based on business need. Visit http://www.virginiadot.org/about/districts.asp for more information about the locations available.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this recruitment.

Minimum Qualifications

Be a US citizen or permanent US resident.
Must be at least 18 years of age by the start of employment.
Be a rising junior or rising senior undergraduate student participating in an
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) civil engineering, civil engineering technology or related engineering program as of June 2023.
Possess and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester while a stipend recipient within the program.
Maintain residency in Virginia or attend an accredited civil engineering program in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Have a basic knowledge of engineering principles.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in roadway transportation.
Experience in design technology, interpreting technical plans and specifications.
Experience in roadway design and geometric design applications.

Special Instructions: 

**A Resume and Unofficial Transcript is required**

Once onboarded, this position may be eligible for telework opportunities; availability, hours, and duration of telework shall be approved as outlined in the Commonwealth telework policy. (only for eligible positions)

We are a “Virginia Values Veterans” (V3) official certified company and state agency that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard in support of Executive Order 29, (2010). If you are a Veteran or Virginia National Guard Member, we urge you to respond accordingly on your state application. 

VDOT utilizes a market based pay program, which has been approved by DHRM. Therefore, advertised rates of pay may or may not align with the Commonwealth pay bands.

Contact Information:

Name: Ima Mattair

Phone: 804-573-2311

Email: ima.mattair@vdot.virginia.gov


In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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