Union Pacific Engineering Summer Intern

An offering by Union Pacific Railroad


Union Pacific's Engineering Department intern program enables talented students to experience the work environment of a Fortune 140 company while continuing their education. Students gain insight into the U.S. transportation industry while working for an industry leader. Ideal candidates are interested in a field Engineering management career. The summer internship is based on departmental needs and student interests.


  • Learn and perform core department business group work tasks, processes, and customer services
  • Perform administrative support for department business group managers
  • Develop and execute project action plans and perform team assignments
  • Build and strengthen a network of professional contact within departments and across the company
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Assist with project management for various company initiatives and complete administrative tasks and special projects
  • Field Management Training: Assist with inspection, maintenance and repair of UP's track, signal and/or bridge infrastructure. Coordinate engineering activities with transportation operations. Assist with managing material and production costs, supervising work crews. Assist with day to day track, signal or bridge maintenance
  • Structures: Review and analyze minor structures, such as box culverts or retaining walls, using department-developed computer applications. Review shop drawings for conformance with design drawings. Check design drawings, confirming material take-offs, dimensions, etc
  • Construction: Exposure of structural, civil, and mechanical disciplines in the development of a typical project. Assist with direction of construction site activities to ensure work is in accordance with plans and specifications. Monitor distribution of work materials, project timeline and budget
  • Electrical-Signal: Assist on a project from design to implementation. This can include writing a specification, modifying an existing design, providing engineering assistance for modifications, and developing a test procedure to implement changes. Learn and work extensively with two types of basic hardware used with control systems in yards and be able to provide engineering assistance in adjustment and troubleshooting of this hardware using various types of test equipment. You may have the opportunity working with Positive Train Control (PTC) group setting up test equipment and developing testing procedures. May also gain exposure to wayside design, signal systems and processes. Projects are focused on developing a standardized knowledge base for the department



  • College credits equivalent to one year toward an undergraduate degree
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Basic time and project management skills
  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s)
  • Valid driver's license
  • Proficient Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) skills
  • Basic organization AND prioritization skills
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills


  • College credits equivalent to two years toward an undergraduate degree
  • College credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering focused in Civil, Construction, Construction Management, Engineering Management, Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Engineering
  • Experience of one year or more in Engineering. Experience includes completed basic engineering courses in any or all of the following areas - fluids, statics, strength of materials, structural design, soils, structural analysis, etc.
  • Experience or working knowledge of Auto/CAD (computer-aided design) and MicroStation
  • Experience with leading and managing people

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to detect and interpret different visual color signals and displays, and identify and determine the speed of moving objects at near or far distances
  • Must have normal color vision

Work Conditions

  • Union Pacific supports diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer inclusive of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
  • 18 years of age or older
  • College student
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Willingness to work outside regardless of weather conditions
  • Work Conditions: Varies according to assignment. Field assignments: shops, repair facilities, or rail yards. Field assignments will require working outdoors and on or near moving equipment, machinery, rail tracks and roadbed
  • Work Conditions: Willingness to work off-cycle work hours, that may include nights, holidays, and weekends

Equal Employment Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation: Union Pacific supports diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer here. Union Pacific is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce where equal employment opportunities are available without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, or genetic information. Union Pacific strictly prohibits any discrimination or harassment based on protected status. Union Pacific is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its employment of individuals with disabilities. To request a disability accommodation in the application process, please use this link here to submit a request.

Learning Outcomes

None listed
Paid, Summer
Omaha, NE
Start Date
26th September, 2022
End Date
31st March, 2023
Start Time
12:00 AM
End Time
12:00 AM
In School, After School, Weekend
Skill Level
Engineering - Industrial