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Technical Research and Development Intern 2023 (Paid)

Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Topeka, KS, US, 66612

Company: BNSF



Who are we: 

We are one of the largest U.S. railroads transporting the nation's 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 BNSF hires as full-time Management Trainees after graduation. 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 and 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 an offer of a full-time position after the internship
  • Explore a potential career path at BNSF with incredible opportunities for growth and the possibility of traveling our network 
  • Relocation and separate monthly housing stipend (starting at $800 a month!) 
    • Relocation assistance may be provided to interns moving more than 50 driving miles from their current residence.
  • Competitive vision, dental, and medical care 
  • Access comprehensive discounts on everyday items such as travel, fitness classes (partnership with Peloton), car dealerships, and 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, child/elder care, and more! 
  • Potential for an offer of a 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 daily.


Work Location:  Topeka, KS 


Anticipated Start Date: June 2023  
Number of Positions: 1  
Salary Range: $4,000 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. 



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 

  • Be safety focused with the ability to communicate safety concerns 

  • 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 noises 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 emergencies 



  • 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. 

  • Have 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. 

  • Strong technical and analytical skills 

  • Current enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree or Graduate degree program in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, or Materials Science. 

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

  • 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 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, disability or protected veteran status.


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