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Technical Research and Development Intern 2022 (Paid)

Date: Sep 2, 2021

Location: Topeka, KS, US, 66612

Company: BNSF



Do you want to be a part of something that really matters? Team BNSF includes professionals focused on safety and service that play a vital role in delivering the nation’s freight. Together, we help move goods and materials that sustain life and support local, national and global economies. Our rail network is one of the largest freight railroads, spanning 28 western states and serving three Canadian provinces. 



At BNSF, our Vision and Values drive who we are, not only in our words, but also through our actions. BNSF is committed to our foundational values of equality and inclusion. As members of the BNSF community, our employees are entitled to: 


  • be treated with dignity and respect. 
  • have equal access to tools, resources, training and development opportunities. 
  • have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential. 


We model the way through our leadership, our BNSF Diversity Councils, our eclectic Business Resource Groups, our deep involvement and investment in the communities we serve and through training programs. Our actions create an inclusive, open and collaborative workplace that encourages diverse perspectives in all interactions. 


The Summer Internship Program provides interns an opportunity to learn more about how our efficient, safe and sustainable rail network supports the global supply chain. Interns participate in group events and projects, experiencing first-hand what it is like to be a full-time BNSF employee. Operating one of the largest railroads in North America, we have countless opportunities for interns to develop their skills, create new ideas and even travel! 


The program begins with a two-day corporate orientation in Fort Worth, Texas. During the training period, interns receive a company overview and interact with company leaders. Following orientation, interns receive on- the-job training according to their assigned group. The summer will be spent in Fort Worth or in a field location that can be anywhere on BNSF's system. The objective of our Summer Internship Program is to find students that will join us after graduation as part of our Management Trainee Program. 


Relocation assistance may be provided to interns who are moving more than 50 driving miles from their permanent residence.



START DATE: 06/01/2022 

END DATE: 08/9/2022
SALARY RANGE: $3,875 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.



BNSF offers competitive benefit programs and services including, but not limited to:

  • Relocation Stipend
  • Summer Lodging Stipend
  • Potential for offer of fulltime position
  • Paid Internship



An intern’s job duties will mainly include supporting ongoing projects while job shadowing department team members with a focus on developing and furthering BNSF’s initiatives.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop working knowledge of failure analysis, material testing, and derailment investigation
  • Prepare technical reports and communicate technical information in a clear, concise, and understandable manner 
  • Understand how the Technical Research and Development department supports other departments
  • Participate in and set up lab and field tests
  • Conduct field investigations and fact-finding research


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 task priorities and work situations
  • Demonstrate ability to complete tasks regardless of obstacles



The department’s Physical Test and Chemistry laboratories are located in Topeka, KS.  Working conditions include:


  • Laboratory, shop, and field environment
  • All-weather conditions
  • Walk and perform work on uneven surfaces
  • Loud noise and fumes
  • Working with chemicals
  • Working around heavy machinery 
  • Safety sensitive work environment


Some travel may be required



Hours are fairly regular (Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm) with a minimum of 40 hours per week


Subject to on call for emergency situations



  • Must have a firm commitment to BNSF Safety Culture, willingness to work in a diverse and challenging environment, and a commitment to laboratory housekeeping and good industrial hygiene practices.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills
  • Current enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree or Graduate degree program in Engineering, Computer Science, or Materials Science
  • Ability to relocate to Topeka, KS for the summer
  • Valid Driver’s License



  • Experience with field and laboratory testing
  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, 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


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