Field Engineering Intern – Summer 2024

Website Norfolk Southern Corp

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A Day in the Life of a Field Engineering Intern

As a Field Engineering Intern, you will work alongside MW&S (Maintenance of Way and Structures) field crews, officers, and staff on a variety of projects. Interns are placed in one of three settings: line maintenance, program maintenance, or bridges and structures. Primary duties include assisting MW&S crews and officers with performing track inspections and maintenance on line of road and yard locations. Interns will learn train and track dynamics, track inspection, basic railroad construction, maintenance operations, management skills, and much more.

Interested applicants must have a desire to work hands-on and in a field-oriented position. The goal of our internship program is to expose students to the day-to-day operations in our Engineering Department and to help determine if a field operations railroad career is a good fit for you.

What makes a successful candidate?
  • Individuals who understand the only way we work is SAFELY.
  • A willingness to work hands-on and outdoors among the elements at all hours of the day or night
  • Candidates who want to learn the railroad industry focusing on field operations
  • Candidates who have the desire to develop as a leader
  • A self-starter who can work with little direct supervision
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • General hands-on knowledge of tools with good troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to lead a team by example; we like to say Leading from the Front!
Work Environment
  • Willing to relocate anywhere throughout our 22-state network for the duration of the internship (Not always required)
  • Interns who do relocate for an internship, will qualify for a bi-monthly housing stipend of $425.
  • Work between the hours of 6 AM to 4 PM Monday – Friday plus any additional hours as required, including occasional overnight travel.
  • Must be able to work outside and be on your feet daily.
  • Potential Training locations include:
    • Atlanta, GA; Bellevue, OH; Birmingham, AL; Bluefield, WV; Bryan, OH; Chattanooga, TN; Chicago, IL; Christiansburg, VA; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Columbia, PA; Conway, PA; Cresson, PA; Dalton, GA; Danville, KY; Decatur, IL; Detroit, MI; Elkhart, IN; Enola, PA; Front Royal, VA; Ft. Wayne, IN; Gainesville, GA; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Harriman, TN; Harrisburg, PA; Hattiesburg, MS; Kansas City, MO; Knoxville, TN; Lafayette, IN; Leechburg, PA; Linwood, NC; Lock Haven, PA; Lynchburg, VA; Macon, GA; McDonough, GA; Meridian, MS; Moberly, MO; Narrows, VA; Norfolk, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; Portage, IN; Raleigh, NC; Roanoke, VA; Rockmart, GA; Sandusky, OH; Shelbyville, KY; St. Louis, MO; Toledo, OH; Valdosta, GA; Vance, AL; Waynesburg, PA; and more.
  • Pursuing a Bachelor or Graduate Degree
      • Preferred Degree Paths: Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, Construction Management, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biosystems Engineering
      • Other relevant degrees are considered.


  • Freshman (27 or fewer credits) – $3,430/month
  • Sophomore (28 to 59 credits) – $3,768/month
  • Junior (60 to 89 credits) – $4,107/month
  • Senior (90 or more credits) – $4,347/month
  • Graduate Student – $5,126/month
  • Salary is based on your upcoming school year’s classification.
  • Interns who do relocate for an internship, will qualify for a bi-monthly housing stipend of $425.
Company Overview
Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Learn more by visiting


At Norfolk Southern, we believe in celebrating our individuality. By leveraging the unique backgrounds and viewpoints of our employees, we can create a culture of innovation, respect, and inclusion. We know that employees thrive in a workplace where differing viewpoints, ideas, and experiences are freely shared and valued. As such, we encourage all employees to contribute their distinctive skills and capabilities to our organization.
Equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Together, we power progress.