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Public Policy Intern

By June 1, 2022
  • Internship
  • Salem

Oregon Department of Transportation

Initial Posting Date:


Application Deadline:



Department of Transportation

Salary Range:

3,294.00 – 4,989.00

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Position Title:

Public Policy Intern

Job Description:

Public Policy Intern
Oregon Department of Transportation
Office of Social Equity – Office of Civil Rights

The role:  

We are seeking two interns to join the Office of Civil Rights to conduct research related to policies and practices for implementing federal civil rights compliance activities. If you’re interested in analysis and effective communication on technical topics related to civil rights programs, then apply today! The anticipated start date of these internships is June 1.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions and hope you will join us on our path to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an agency that embraces social equity through our values, strategic planning, and actions. Leaning into our equity priorities means we continually examine what we do, the impact we have, and our progress toward weaving social equity into who we are. To learn more about our social equity commitments, visit our Social Equity website. 

If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.

What you will learn:

  • You will learn about the variety of civil rights protections that a state department of transportation implements as part of its federal compliance.
  • You will learn about topics including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Executive Order on Limited English Proficiency.
  • You will gain experience conducting comparative research and producing written analysis of Title VI implementation activities and reports to support technical assistance and training for agencies that receive federal funds from ODOT.
  • You will gain experience conducting comparative research and written analysis of activities, programs and services to support Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, Emerging Small Business and other certified firms that are interested in participating on ODOT projects.

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What we need:

  • We are accepting applications from graduate students who are entering at least their first year at the time of hire.
  • We will also accept applications from those who have graduated within the last two years.
  • We are seeking students who are studying public or business administration, public policy or a related field.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!

Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position. 

  • Ability to interpret new information and apply knowledge to other situations.
  • Ability to present information in a compelling yet succinct way.
  • Experience participating in team discussions to identify project goals and tasks in a collaborative, flexible way.

How to apply:

  • Before applying, click here to visit our applicant information website to learn more about our process.
  • Complete the following required steps:
    • Attach a resume. Your resume must include dates (MM/YYYY) for each employer. Please contact the recruiter under the ‘Need help?’ section if you have any questions about how to attach a document.
    • Attach a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly demonstrate how your experience and training relates to the qualities that you have under the “what we’d like to see” section above.
      • Your cover letter must be limited to no more than two (2) pages.
      • Please address your cover letter to Carroll Cottingham, Intermodal Civil Rights Manager.
      • Generic cover letters and/or cover letters that do not address the qualities that you have under the “what we’d like to see” section may receive lower scores than those that addressed the desired qualities.
      • If you are an external applicant, you must upload your cover letter in the ‘Resume/CV’ section of the application.
  • Complete questionnaire. Answer the checkbox-style questions before submitting your application.
  • After you submit your application, please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox.
  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. The task to claim preference will come after the public records request and gender identity questionnaire tasks. Click here for a guide on how to upload your documents. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments.

Need help?

For questions, call 971-273-8687 or email ODOTRecruitmentEM@odot.oregon.gov.

The fine print:

  • Pay will depend on your level of education.
  • Internship is not to exceed 1,040 working hours.
  • We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as transferable skills, experience, education, and alignment with ODOT values.
  • We do not offer visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US
  • Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.
  • Don’t attach extra documents. We will only look at documents that we ask for.
  • We may use this recruitment to fill multiple or future vacancies.
  • We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates, not including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.
  • This position is not represented by a union (unrepresented).

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12

355 Capitol St NE

Salem OR 97301-3871

Fax 503-986-3895

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.

To apply for this job email your details to ODOTRecruitmentEM@odot.oregon.gov

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