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Intern - Fellow (Operations Research) - Spring / Summer 2022

Date: Oct 11, 2021

Location: Fort Worth, TX, US, 76131

Company: BNSF

Apply early as this job may be removed or filled prior to the closing date, which is approximately seven (7) days after the posting date.


Job Location: Fort Worth
Anticipated Start Date (Spring): 01/31/2022
Anticipated Start Date (Summer): 05/30/2022


This position is located at our Fort Worth, Texas corporate office and has the potential to be a hybrid position with up to 50% remote work.


About our company:


BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies, with a rail network of 32,500 route miles in 28 states and three Canadian provinces, and employs approximately 35,000 people. BNSF is one of the top transporters of the products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply and power communities throughout America and the world. BNSF moves those goods more safely and efficiently, on significantly less fuel, with fewer emissions than the all-highway alternative.

Given the extent of its network and vast amount of resources needed to operate at its best, BNSF employs the latest technology and constantly strives for innovative solutions and efficiencies in its operations. 


About our team:


  • BNSF’s Operations Research team is responsible for designing and implementing solutions to some of the many challenging problems facing the railroad. They include crew scheduling, blocking, van routing, yard simulation, track inspection, network optimization, equipment distribution optimization– just to name a few.
  • Over the years, our team has developed into a tight-knit group of colleagues and friends. This creates a collaborative environment which puts each and every team member on a path to realizing their full potential.
  • In just the past few years, our efforts have been recognized by the OR community in the following ways:
    • 2018 INFORMS Prize Winner.
    • Finalist for the 2018 Innovative Applications in Analytics Award.
    • Finalist for the 2017 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice.


We are seeking enthusiastic research interns to join the Operations Research team, that are willing to apply their skillset in mathematical modeling/programming, optimization, statistics, simulation, and data analysis, to solve business problems in the railway industry and drive efficiency.




An OR Intern-Fellow’s work in the Operations Research team at BNSF may include, but is not limited, to the following:

  • Work closely with OR Specialists, key business partners and subject-matter-experts to understand business problems and propose solution approaches.
  • Perform data cleaning, manipulation and analysis.
  • Design, develop, test, and implement OR models and decision-support tools.
  • Communicate results with key stakeholders.



  • 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, is preferred.
  • Work location - Onsite presence or working remotely– will be determined in accordance with the CDC guidelines 




  • Masters or Ph.D. students currently pursuing a major or minor degree in Operations Research, Applied Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Transportation, or similar technical field.  Ph.D. students are preferred.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 is required.  An overall GPA of 3.5 is preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fluency in at least one programming language – e.g., Java, Python, C++, or another object-oriented programming language.
  • Experience with optimization tools – e.g., CPLEX, Gurobi, FICO, etc.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office – e.g., Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.



  • Criminal history
  • Last 7 years of driving history
  • Last 5 years of employment history to include military service
  • Social Security number
  • Education



  • Medical evaluation
  • Drug Screen
  • Other elements as needed


BNSF Railway is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status.



BNSF is committed to a safe and drug free work place and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping BNSF safe and drug free.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC): Federal authority requires BNSF employees, whose work requires unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, to obtain a TWIC. A TWIC is a condition of employment for such positions and requires candidates to those positions to submit to a TSA security assessment (to include, but not limited to, providing: biographic information; identity documents; fingerprints; digital photograph). More information is available at

Nearest Major Market: Fort Worth
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas

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