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Field Engineering Intern - 2023 (multiple locations)

Date: Sep 23, 2022

Location: Birmingham, AL, US, 35210 Decatur, IL, US, 62521 Macon, GA, US, 31206 Knoxville, TN, US, 37924 Dearborn, MI, US, 48126 Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15220 Fort Wayne, IN, US, 46803 Atlanta, GA, US, 30318 Norfolk, VA, US, 23507 Harrisburg, PA, US, 17110 Linwood, NC, US, 27299 Bellevue, OH, US, 44811 Toledo, OH, US, 43604-3815 Roanoke, VA, US, 24016

Company: Norfolk Southern Corp.

Requisition 33868:


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 predominately field-oriented position. The goal of the Internship program is to expose students to the day-to-day operations in our Maintenance of Way and Structures Department and to help determine if a field operations railroad career is a good fit for you.

What makes a successful candidate?

  • 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 pneumatic and hydraulic equipment is helpful, with good troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • A willingness to work hands-on and outdoors among the elements at all hours of the day or night.
  • Ability to lead a team by example; we like to say Leading from the Front!
  • Individuals who understand the only way we work is SAFELY

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 the housing stipend of $850/month.
  • Work between the hours of 7 AM to 4 PM Monday - Friday plus additional on-call hours as required, including occasional overnight travel.
  • 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;



  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s/Master’s 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

Company Overview



Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is a Fortune 300 organization and one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. We are a team of more than 20,000 employees working together to maintain our reputation as "The Thoroughbred of Transportation." As an industry leader, Norfolk Southern offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.


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.



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New Headquarters – Atlanta, GA


Norfolk Southern is in the process of constructing a vibrant & modern corporate HQ in Midtown Atlanta, GA. Our HQ is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2021. To check out a sneak peek, we’ve linked a playlist below.

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham