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College Internship Program

The BNSF Internship program is three month program designed to provide college students with meaningful, practical on-the-job experience in a business environment. The time spent as an intern allows the student to evaluate BNSF for future employment. During the internship, a student receives evaluations based on his or her performance and overall contribution to the organization. These evaluations are one of the tools used for future hiring consideration and acceptance into BNSF's Management Trainee Program.

Internship candidates Candidates for internships are typically full-time students currently enrolled at a college or university who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or a graduate degree in a field of study that supports BNSF's business objectives.

BNSF recruits candidates from college campuses, minority student referral programs, the Internet, and employee referrals.

Please note: to be considered for this program you must apply online.

Sponsoring departments Interns are assigned to a department, which directs the intern's activities on specific projects and work assignments. BNSF departments that regularly seek interns include:
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Corporate Audit Services
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical
  • Safety
  • Technology Services
  • Transportation/Operations
  • Other Support departments
Internship locations While some assignments are at the BNSF headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, other interns are placed in field locations across the BNSF system. Field assignments are predominant for the Transportation/Operations, Engineering and Mechanical departments.
What to expect The three month program begins with a half-day orientation which includes an overview of corporate policies and appropriate conduct. Interns also participate in several key activities throughout the duration of the program, including:
  • Exposure to presentations by various department leaders
  • Activity feedback reports prepared by the intern
  • Midterm and final performance evaluations by supervisors
  • Exposure to some BNSF Management Trainee Program activities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Opportunities to interact socially with other BNSF interns
  • Railyard tour
  • Breakfast with the Chairman, President & CEO

Interns who are entering their final year of college study and are interested in pursuing a Management Trainee position with BNSF are afforded the opportunity to participate in a skills assessment at the conclusion of their program. The results of the assessment along with performance evaluations and panel interviews, make up the BNSF Management Trainee screening process. Click here to apply.

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