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Internship Opportunities in Process Improvement

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Hear what former CDOT process improvement interns had to say about the work they did, along with comments from CDOT employees who worked with the interns.

CDOT's process improvement internship program is a partnership between CDOT and the student. College students gain valuable experience in process improvement and related disciplines, while CDOT benefits from the insight, talent and enthusiasm of the college student.

In addition to providing meaningful, real-world work, our internship program gives college students the opportunity to network with fellow interns and CDOT employees through intern program activities and events.

Applying for Internships

CDOT process improvement internship opportunities are posted occasionally throughout the year on the Colorado state goverment employment page.

What Process Improvement Interns Do

Process improvement interns contribute to CDOT in many ways, including: assisting process improvement teams; helping CDOT's Change Agent Network; and developing tools to enhance and evolve CDOT's improvement program.


Here is a sampling of some of the publicly available products produced in the past by our process improvement interns:

Process Improvement Result Case Studies

Everyday Idea: Chip Seal Tabbing Tool
by Richard Brookman
CDOT intern
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Story


Using 6S to Organize for Success
by Carly Rowader
CDOT intern
City University of Seattle
Story


Case Study of Improvements to the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grants process
by Haley Kinney
CDOT intern
University of Colorado Boulder
Story


Case Study of Improvements to the DTR Grants Reimbursement process
by Anna Ryazantseva
CDOT intern
Colorado School of Mines
Story


Everyday Ideas: Innovation Improves Efficiency of Vehicle Decal Installation by 75%
by Steven Pope
CDOT intern
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Story

Tools & Techniques

Manager's Quick Start Guide for Engaging Employees Through "Everyday Ideas"
by Marcus Ritosa
CDOT intern
Colorado School of Mines
Story


SIPOC-R Reference Guide
by Anna Ryazantseva
CDOT intern
Colorado School of Mines
Story

Educational & Reference Materials

Summary of "Change Management: The People Side of Change"
Authors: Jeffrey M. Hiatt and Timothy J. Creasey
developed by Jocelyn Higashide
CDOT intern
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Story


Summary of "We Don't Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government from Radically Improving"
Author: Ken Miller
developed by Marcus Ritosa
CDOT intern
Colorado School of Mines
Story


Summary of "2-Second Lean: How to Grow People and Build a Lean Culture"
Author: Paul A. Akers
developed by Pernilla Paquette
CDOT intern
University of Colorado Denver
Story


Summary of "Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation"
Authors: Karen Martin and Mike Osterling
developed by Tracy Nguyen
CDOT internMetropolitan State University of Denver
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Summary of "The Outstanding Organization"
Author: Karen Martin
developed by Melissa Ly
CDOT intern
University of Colorado Denver
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"What is Lean"
by Hayley Kinney and Kimberly Richards
CDOT interns
University of Colorado Boulder and Metropolitan State University of Denver, respectively
Story

Stories About Former Interns

  • Working together to make CDOT more effective, efficient, and elegant—every day
Contact Information
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