Arkansas Department of Transportation

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The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) is a government department in the U.S. state of Arkansas. Its mission is to provide a safe, efficient, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound inter-modal transportation system for the user. It manages the state highway system and is actively involved with public transportation systems within the state such as with aid to individual county road systems. Its headquarters are in Little Rock.

Click Here to visit Arkansas Dept. of Transportation's Employment Page

For more information on ARDOT's internship program, please contact:

Carla Edwards via email at carla.edwards@ardot.gov or phone (502) 569-2431.


2018 Summer Interns

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Andrew Deschenes
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of May 2019
Civil Engineering major

Andrew is currently employed as a Civil Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working this summer in the Resident Engineer Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has been assigned to work on a job that involved an overlay with Ultra-thin Bonded Wearing Course and a bridge rehab using a technique called Hydrodemolition to remove part of the damaged bridge deck. After completing the Hydrodemolition work, the bridge receives an overlay using Latex Modified Concrete. This rehab method is relatively new for this District and Andrew has shown a lot of interest in this work. When not working on his assigned job, Andrew assists on a second new location job that involves the construction of subgrade, base, and drainage culverts.


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Cody Sims
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of May 2020
Civil Engineering major

Cody is currently employed as a Civil Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working this summer in the Resident Engineer Office in Bentonville. He works alongside field engineers and inspectors assisting with the oversight of highway and bridge construction projects. Typical assignments include surveying, sampling and testing of materials, and inspection and documentation of subgrade, asphalt, and concrete operations.


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Jacob Maez
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of May 2020
Civil Engineering major

Jacob is currently employed as a Civil Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working this summer in the Resident Engineer Office in Searcy. He is working alongsidefield engineers and inspectors assisting with the oversight of highwaycon-struction projects. Typical assignments include inspection and docu-mentation of asphalt, striping, curb and gutter, pipe culvert opera-tions and general surveying.


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James Igwe
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of May 2019
Civil Engineering major

James is currently an Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working in the Consultant Contracts Office in Little Rock. During this summer, he has learned about the procurement process, contract negotiations, and contract oversight. He has participated in project kickoff meetings, verifying all documents needed for a contract, and also checking justification of costs and fee spreadsheets. He has seen the process from advertisement, evaluation, negotiation, execution, and paying for work related to consultant services contracts.


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Kevin Weston
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of December 2018
Civil Engineering major

Kevin is currently employed as a Civil Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working this summer with Heavy Bridge in the Maintenance Division in Little Rock. He is working alongside Heavy Bridge Maintenance Engineers, Bridge Inspectors and Maintenance Crews. Some of Kevin's assignments include assisting with inspection of the Highway 64 Bridge over the Arkansas River and various other bridges as part of a QA inspection team, assisting with replacement of pin and hanger on the Highway 70 Bridge over Lake Greeson, assisting with data collection of bridge deck condition on the Interstate 540 Bridge over the Arkansas River with GPR, and general QA verification of bridge inspection data within the inspection collection system. Kevin also created a Heavy Bridge Maintenance twitter account (@AR_BridgeTrolls).


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LaCarie Jordan
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of December 2019
Civil Engineering major

LaCarie is currently employed as a Civil Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working this summer in the Resident Engineer Office in West Memphis. She is working alongside field engineers and inspectors assisting with the oversight of highway and box culvert construction projects. Typical assignments include inspection and documentation of subgrade, asphalt and concrete placement operations.


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Lizbeth Juarez-Bartolo
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of May 2021
Civil Engineering major

Lizbeth is currently an Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working in the Resident Engineer Office in El Dorado. During this summer, she is working alongside field engineers and inspectors assisting with the inspection of projects. She has also been creating daily reports for aggregate base course and asphalt concrete hot mix (ACHM) operations.


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Montrell Plummer
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of May 2019
Civil Engineering major

Montrell is currently employed as a Civil Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working this summer in the Resident Engineer Office in North Little Rock. He has been working with Engineers and Inspectors to assist Department forces as they inspect construction of roadway and bridge structures. Typical assignments include checking elevations of subgrade and aggregate base course, assisting in the testing of material properties for conformance to plan specifications, and providing documentation of pay item quantities.


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Samuel Spann
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of December 2020
Civil Engineering major

Samuel is currently employed as a Civil Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working this summer in the Resident Engineer Office in Batesville. He is working with field staff helping with the inspection of highway and bridge construction projects. Examples of daily activities performed are surveying, measuring items for pay, asphalt placement inspection (including calculating placement rates) and inspecting concrete placement.


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Wyatt Brewer
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville - Class of May 2020
Civil Engineering major

Wyatt is currently employed as a Civil Engineering Student Intern for the Arkansas Department of Transportation, working this summer in the Traffic Safety Section of the Transportation Planning and Policy Division in Little Rock. He works alongside safety engineers and data analysts providing support for various safety projects and studies. Typical assignments include analyzing crash data in relation to cross-centerline crashes and guardrail crashes. He also has worked on project prioritization for an ongoing guardrail safety study.