CAMP Summer Intern Project: Frequently Asked Questions
In our continuing tradition of providing the opportunities to help local agencies develop a pavement management plan for their roads and streets, Cornell Local Roads Program (CLRP) is announcing the 2018 Cornell Asset Management Program (CAMP) summer intern project.
What is the CAMP summer intern project?
The CAMP summer intern project pairs college students with municipalities to develop a pavement management plan for their highway network. During the ten-week program, the student intern along with someone from the municipal agency develop an inventory, conduct road evaluations, prepare unit costs for maintenance practices, and prepare a final report that outlines a five-year management plan for the local roads and streets.
Why should you sign up for the CAMP summer intern project?
The reasons in the past have varied depending on the needs of the municipal agency. Some just want to get a better understanding on the conditions of their road and street network while others are looking for a more efficient way to evaluate and plan on the necessary maintenance to increase the impact of the limited amount of funding available. Overall, the primary goal is to help set up a comprehensive plan to manage the highway system more efficiently with the limited resources available.
How does the CAMP summer intern project work?
Once you commit to participating, CLRP will begin a search for qualified students to serve as interns. Once we match student with municipal agency we provide information regarding the training, which will be held here on the Cornell campus May 29–May 31, 2018. Training includes both the student and a representative of the agency. A participant from the agency learns alongside the student so they can continue the pavement management program in the future. CLRP provides full support for the students, agency and the software during the summer and in the future to ensure the program is effective.
Where do we get the student intern?
CLRP initially begins the search for student interns at Cornell University, but we also work with other colleges and universities in New York. We open the intern position to all qualified students and prefer students in an engineering curriculum, particularly the civil engineering field.
We encourage municipalities to recruit local qualified students for the position. These local college students have been found to take a sense of ownership in completing the project.
How do we join?
To participate we suggest you review the goals and municipal requirements, call or email for more information. If you agree to meet the requirements of the project, please send a letter of intent, on municipal letterhead, stating your understanding of the requirements and your commitment to the project for the summer of 2018.
All necessary paperwork must be provided by May 1st.
What does it cost?
The student intern is actually hired by the municipality and we recommend a wage between $12-15 per hour for a minimum of 10 weeks. Also, there is some costs for the training here in Ithaca. CLRP charges $60 for the training, but this includes both the student and the municipal representative. A copy of the CAMP-RS software needed in the development of the pavement management plan is provided as part of the training. The software alone is normally $90!
Total cost for participation in the CLRP CAMP summer intern project for 2018 including intern wages and training here in Ithaca will cost between $5,400 and $6,600 depending upon the wage paid to the student. Please let us know what wage you can offer and realize that in some parts of the state a higher wage may be needed for the intern to be able to afford living in the area.
Agencies typically cover the travel and housing costs of the intern during training only.
When do we sign up?
Participation will be on a first come first serve basis. We already have some municipalities signed up and space is limited to 16 municipalities, so the sooner the better. We will be reaching out to everyone who has already expressed an interest and will be making confirmations of who is in the project in early January, 2018. We will be accepting municipal letters until March 1, 2018; however, last year we reached our limit well before then. So plan ahead.
How does training work?
Training is held in Riley Robb Hall on the Cornell campus. Students are required to participate for 3 days of training to learn about roadway structure, failure mechanisms and common roadway distresses and how to address them. Municipal employees participate all day on Wednesday covering pavement management, distress identification and repair techniques. Municipal employees and interns work together to learn and share information. The final day of training is cost development and reviewed for all in the morning. in the afternoon of day 3, interns learn to prepare them and allow for additional questions.
The cost of the training is typically covered by the agency which included housing and travel. Training will be held from May 29th - May 31st. A light breakfast and lunch are provided. if any participants have any dietary needs please let us know.
Training will require a laptop to practice with the software.
Who do we contact?
Geoffrey Scott, PE