Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Texas Department of Transportation

Summer 2019

Position: Summer Support Technician
Student: Sustainability Studies Senior

A typical day at the Texas Department of Transportation starts at 8 in the morning, when you are expected to arrive at your provided cubicle office space. This space comes equipped with a telephone, dell laptop, and monitors for extra viewing space. I frequently arrive to work knowing what assignment or project I will be working on, as there are usually ongoing projects or duties that I am already aware of. You can also expect to check your email frequently, as supervisors and general Environmental and department wide updates are sent out often. There is also a good level of communication with your supervisor, and you can expect to update them on project progress and be assigned work regularly. Work assignments in the Environmental branch have included assessing and calculating the reductions of greenhouse gas emissions via various TXDOT flexible work programs, completing training and attending educational field trips, participating in meetings related to TXDOT’s fledgling Sustainability Program, various clerical duties such as data entry of TXDOT bridge data into a data-base, among other miscellaneous duties. Lunch is typically taken at 12 noon, and you are given an hour for lunch, though you can shorten this time to 30 minutes if you wish to leave the office a bit earlier (this is my preference). Overall, the job is a great opportunity to gain experience in the environmental space, build professional skills in a government work environment, and take responsibility for your work and time keeping. I would recommend this internship opportunity to any environmentally focused student or young professional.

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    University of Texas at Austin
    FAC 18
    2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200
    Austin, Texas 78712-1508