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Transportation Construction Inspector Internship

Join Our Team as a Transportation Construction Inspector Intern

At the MBTA, we envision a thriving region enabled by a best-in-class transit system. Our mission is to serve the public by providing safe, reliable, and accessible transportation.

If you’re looking for a rewarding challenge to build your career, consider working for the MBTA. Whether you love planning projects, operating vehicles, keeping people safe—or any of the many focus areas in between—your work can impact the way people travel throughout Greater Boston.

Our Values

MBTA’s core values are built around safety, service, equity, sustainability, and culture and each employee who works for the MBTA performs their role based on our vision, mission, and values.

Safety: We put safety at the forefront of our work.

Service: We endeavor to deliver superior service connecting people and communities.

Sustainability: We invest resources wisely in solutions for our team, our communities, and our environment.

Equity: We commit to prioritizing the needs of our transit-dependent riders, our employees, and the economic regions we serve in decision-making processes to eliminate unjust and unintentional disparities.

Culture: We aspire to transform our culture to one that keeps people’s well-being and safety at the center of everything we do.

About the Role

As a Transportation Construction Inspector Intern, you will play a crucial role in shaping the future of Boston's transit infrastructure. Working closely with our Construction Inspectors and Resident Engineers, you'll ensure that the construction projects meet our high standards and specifications. This is a dynamic opportunity to apply your engineering knowledge, gain invaluable field experience, and contribute to projects that make a real difference in people's lives.

This is a paid internship. Compensation ranges from $19 - $24 hourly, depending on experience. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in reviewing construction work to ensure conformance to plans and specifications.
  • Compute construction quantities and assist in preparing reports for interim and final payments.
  • Assist in reviewing construction work of contractors and subcontractors to ensure compliance with contract documents, reporting any discrepancy to the Resident Engineer.
  • Assist in performing inspections of construction materials at source and on project sites for conformity to specifications.
  • Assist the Resident Engineer and Construction Inspectors in investigating and reporting construction and safety related problems encountered in the field.
  • Participate in regular safety inspection “walk downs”.
  • Assist in the maintenance of a daily project diary, files, test reports, etc. as directed by the Resident Engineer or Project Manager.
  • Perform load counts of material delivered to construction sites.
  • Obtain samples of materials to be sent to the laboratory for testing purposes.
  • Assist in responding to each inquiry, whether from a customer, vendor, or co-worker in a courteous and professional manner.

Who We're Looking For

Educational Background

  • Currently enrolled in an Engineering or related program at an accredited institution.
  • Completion of at least one year (minimum of 27 semester credit hours) of college course work as part of an associate degree program in engineering, engineering technology, construction technology, engineering science, surveying technology, drafting/CAD, or heavy equipment operations; or
  • Completion of at least one year (minimum of 27 semester credit hours) of college course work as part of a bachelor’s degree program in engineering, engineering technology, environmental sciences or environmental technology, construction management, construction supervision, engineering management, construction engineering or construction engineering technology, transportation planning, mathematics, physical science, architecture or architectural technology, construction technology, landscape architecture, surveying, physics, geology or forestry.

Experience Level

  • 0-2 years of experience, including any internships or co-op placements.


  • One construction season (minimum of 3 months) of work experience in highway, bridge, or other civil engineering related construction inspection is desired but not required.
  • Ability to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Database applications.
  • Effective quantitative, organizational, and analytical skills.

Job Conditions

  • Adhere to rules, regulations, collective bargaining agreements (if applicable), and policies of the MBTA including the EEO, anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation policies.
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, background screening, and the MBTA’s medical requirements, including a physical examination and drug and alcohol screening.
  • Have the ability to work effectively with a diverse workforce.

Ready to Apply?

If you're driven by the prospect of making a tangible impact and eager to take the next step in your engineering career, we want to hear from you. Apply now to become part of a team that’s moving Boston forward.