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Mechanical Summer Intern 2023 (Paid)

Date: Aug 30, 2022

Location: Kansas City, KS, US, 66106

Company: BNSF



Who are we: 

We are one of the largest U.S. railroads transporting the nations freight across 28 western states and 3 Canadian provinces. As a member of our team, you will play a role in supporting the movement of essential products and materials that help feed, clothe, supply, and power communities throughout America and the world. Come make a difference with us! 


What makes us different: 

At BNSF, we do not just talk about culture, we live it. As a team member here, you would immediately experience how our culture is woven into what we do. Our goal is for everyone to achieve their highest potential by focusing on safety, continuous improvement, plus personal and professional growth. As an employee at BNSF, we have multiple programs to ensure that you will be recognized and appreciated for all your impactful work.  


We also have plenty of developmental opportunities to further your career! Many of our team members that joined BNSF have experienced multiple career paths that were completely unplanned to them. We make development a priority at BNSF. 


We are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture. We have been recognized by multiple organizations such as Forbes (Best Employer for Women and New College Grads), Military Times (Best for Vets), and the Human Rights Campaign (Best Place to Work) for our outstanding culture! 


Intern Program: 

The paid Summer Internship Program is an opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a full-time BNSF employee. As an intern at BNSF, you’ll be given real-life, impactful assignments that will put your skills and education into practice. Your summer project will combine classroom experience and real-life business situations to provide value-added work to BNSF. 


The program is designed to identify students who will be hired by BNSF as full-time Management Trainees after they graduate. During your summer internship, you will get the chance to network with peers, our Business Resource Groups, and Senior Leaders throughout the BNSF network.  



  • Kick off the summer along with a group of interns for orientation in Fort Worth, Texas. Attend networking events, informal chats with subject-matter experts, partner with a mentor, and get first-hand experience working in preparation for a full-time management trainee position! 
    • Potential for offer of full-time position after the internship
  • Explore a potential career path at BNSF with incredible opportunities for growth and the possibility to travel our network 
  • Relocation and separate monthly housing stipend (starting at $800 a month!) 
    • Relocation assistance may be provided to interns who are moving more than 50 driving miles from their current residence.
  • Competitive vision, dental, and medical care 
  • Access to comprehensive discounts on everyday items such as travel, fitness classes (partnership with Peloton), car dealerships, and even mortgages! 
  • Get connected! Join any of our company-sponsored business resource groups. There are plenty of networking opportunities within BNSF! 
  • Employee assistance programs to aid in work/life situations such as mental health, legal/financial questions, relationship support, and child/elder care plus more! 
  • Potential for an offer of full-time position


Applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding potential interviews, testing and hiring events for this position. Please check your e-mail on a daily basis.


Work Location: Barstow, CA, Fort Worth, TX, Chicago, IL, Galesburg, IL, Kansas City, KS, Topeka, KS, Minneapolis, MN, Havre, MT, Havelock, NE, Lincoln, NE, Belen, NM, Spokane, WA


Anticipated Start Date: June 2023 
Number of Positions: 10 
Salary Range: $4,625 per month 


Applicants will be notified via e-mail regarding potential interviews, testing, and hiring events for this position.  Please check your e-mail on a daily basis. 



  • SUMMER RELOCATION WILL BE REQUIRED. A candidate can be relocated to any location across the BNSF system (see System Map on 

  • An ideal candidate should be very flexible regarding location. 

  • Work assignment could place an Intern anywhere on BNSF's 32,500-mile system. 



This challenging program offers students the opportunity to learn about the working logistics of this fast-paced railroad. The summer will be spent in an assigned mechanical facility which could be anywhere on BNSF's 32,500-mile system. The Mechanical Department is responsible for maintaining the locomotives and freight cars that operate on BNSF’s network. During this assignment, the intern will shadow mechanical supervisors and craft employees; work on projects; and assist in supervising, monitoring and inspecting the maintenance and repair of locomotives and freight cars. 

Examples could include, but are not limited to: 

  • Observe, prepare and conduct job safety briefings with employees. 

  • Assist in ensuring labor and equipment is positioned to inspect, test and repair equipment to meet the needs of the daily plan. 

  • Lead process improvement initiatives with local workforce. 

Additionally, qualified candidates must be able to: 

  • Demonstrate the ability to perform the duties and responsibilities listed above. 

  • Demonstrate leadership skills. 

  • Work effectively in a team environment. 

  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner. 

  • Recognize and respond effectively to unexpected situations and tight deadlines. 

  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and work situations. 

  • Demonstrate ability to complete tasks regardless of obstacles. 

 ***This role does not involve design of railcars, locomotives, or other equipment. 


  • Indoors and outdoors on a regular basis. 

  • Environment requires personal protective equipment (i.e. hard hat, safety glasses, safety vest and gloves) provided by BNSF. 


  • Hours are irregular with a minimum of 40 hours per week. 

  • Schedule could involve nights, weekends, and holidays as BNSF is a 24 x 7 work environment. 

  • Travel 10-90% as required by the position. 


  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work. 



  • I have a 2.50 or higher cumulative GPA with a degree in Engineering or Construction Management OR a 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA with a non-Engineering degree.  

  • Current enrollment in a Bachelor’s or graduate degree program at an accredited university at the time of application and throughout the duration of the internship. 

  • Less than four (4) years of work experience in a professional work environment. When calculating work experience, please EXCLUDE internships or positions held while in high school or college.  

  • Authorization to work in the US without Company sponsorship now AND in the future. 

  • Ability to relocate to an assigned location within the BNSF Network for the summer. 

  • I have a valid driver’s license. 



  • Pursuing a degree in Business, Engineering, OR similar technical program.  

  • Experience working in an industrial, manufacturing, factory, or technical environment. 

  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills. 

  • Previous experience working around heavy equipment. 



  • 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 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


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.


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