13 students intern at UI transportation center
MOSCOW Thirteen University of Idaho undergraduate students will work with faculty this year on transportation engineering projects funded from the Idaho Transportation Department, the American Trucking Association, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other University Transportation Centers.
The paid internships were awarded through UI's National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology center, which has been providing the experiences for a decade as an incentive to attract high-caliber students into transportation engineering. Each intern receives up to $1,000 per year in hourly wages.
The students will be involved in research about biodeisel fuels, clean snowmobiles, hybrid heavy vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, bridge and pavement structures, automated traffic signals and much more.
They also will learn about future transportation challenges and how today's research on new technologies and solutions might transfer to society.
NIATT, one of 26 university-based centers of excellence established by U.S. DOT, advances technology and expertise in the many transportation disciplines through education, research and technology transfer. Today, more than 200 UI students, faculty and staff from all the departments in the College of Engineering participate in one or more parts of NIATTs program.
Past NIATT interns have discovered that including hands-on research experiences on their resumes increases their employment options.
As a junior, Guillermo Madrigal worked as a NIATT intern
and received an internship from the Federal Highway Administration.
He worked during the summer with a group of 25 men and women overseeing
the $118 million reconstruction of the Third Avenue Bridge in New York
He has returned to UI this fall to earn his master's degree.