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MEDC/UMTRI Transportation Research Internships

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) have partnered on an internship program which provides undergraduate students with practical research and work experience related to emerging careers.  This program spanned four terms, from January 2018 through January April 2019. The overarching goal was to further the development of, and retain in Michigan, the necessary workforce to maintain the State’s leadership in Connected Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicle, and Mobility at large.

Research Areas:

  • Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • Cybersecurity
  • Big Data
  • Digital Human Modeling
  • Vehicle Design
  • Mobility as a Service
  • Integrating pedestrians and cyclists
  • Driver behavior and decision making

Learned Skills:

  • Statistical analysis of real world datasets
  • Computational modeling (MADYMO/LS-DYNA)
  • Simulator Testing
  • Data collection and analysis strategies
  • Focus group and survey research techniques
  • Communicating technical information
  • Team collaboration

Eligibility: Standing as an undergraduate student attending any Michigan university or college who have completed their sophomore year, but not yet earned their degree.  Compensation would be $13/hour.

Student Commitment:

  • 10 hours per week for 12 weeks during the Fall or Winter terms (School Session)
  • ~40 hours per week for 12-13 weeks during the Summer term (Summer Session)
  • All participants are required to take part in a session-end reception to highlight research achievements by preparing posters and discuss what they learned.  These receptions will be open to the University, MEDC, and invited guests.  Representatives of Michigan-based companies would explicitly be invited to the receptions to engage in conversations with the students about their experience and discuss employment opportunities.   
  • Participants are also required to join other UMTRI interns for four monthly seminars during the School Session, and weekly seminars during Summer Session, to gain exposure to a breadth of research areas and skills development

How to apply: Review available projects


Winter 2019 Projects

Fall 2018 Projects

Spring/Summer 2018 Projects

Winter 2018 Projects

Interested candidates will fill out an application, upload their resume, and identify up to three projects of interest.  UMTRI researchers will interview and hire for available internship positions until they are all filled. 

For more information, please email

The UMTRI/MEDC internship program is currently on hiatus.  

See other research opportunities for students at UMTRI here.

Resources for summer interns