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Go from university student to NS employee

If you start a career at NS, you'll enjoy competitive benefits. In addition to a 401(k) and paid holidays and vacation, NS offers educational assistance for undergraduate degrees and graduate courses related to your current and potential positions.

NS provides management trainee programs to promote successfully transition from the academic world to the railroad environment. The programs prepare individuals for management and supervisory responsibilities. 

To find out when Norfolk Southern is coming to a campus near you

View Our College Recruitment Schedule

Management Trainee Program

The Management Trainee program at Norfolk Southern consists of on the job training, professional training, department rotations, and operations training. The program is one year in duration.

We are hiring for these following majors in the Management Trainee program:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Business Majors
  • Logistics - Supply Chain
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Government Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Communications

Intern and co-op program

Co-ops and Interns at Norfolk Southern will be engaged in a robust and meaningful real world corporate experience.  The co-op or internship will provide and educational opportunity that integrates a student’s academic and career interests with a paid, productive work experience.  Our goal is to provide the opportunity for students to put theory into practice as they apply classroom knowledge to practical work situations.    

Co-ops make arrangement with their universities to alternate full-time work and school semesters for two – three alternating semesters. 

The current pay rates:
Freshman $2,375/month
Sophomore $2,667/month
Junior $2,875/month
Senior $3,125/month
Graduate $3,500/month

Meet the NS recruiting team

NS visits colleges and universities during the fall and spring semesters to meet students interested in joining the NS team as a co-op, intern, or as a management trainee. NS is also interested in meeting individuals who have finished their degrees and are currently in the work force.

Campus recruiting sessions help students understand opportunities. View NS' recruitment schedule for information on college visits. If your school is not on the recruiting schedule, fill out an application for our consideration. 

 

Patrick Rickard earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston, and a master’s degree from George Washington University.  Patrick joined Norfolk Southern in 2004 and has held multiple positions in both Transportation Operations and Human Resources, including his current position as Manager Recruiting.

 

 

Danielle Christian graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2008 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Management.  Danielle worked in the human resources profession for several years before joining Norfolk Southern in 2013 as a Corporate Recruiter.  Danielle is now Assistant Manager, College Recruiting, and plays a pivotal role in the college team’s success.

 

Alanna Winsper joined Norfolk Southern in 2011 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Elon University. Prior to becoming a college recruiter in 2013, Alanna held multiple positions within the area of employment for the Human Resources department.  Alanna is the primary Corporate Recruiter for the Mechanical Department, Research & Test, and Industrial Development.  Alanna specializes in building relationships with the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Florida.

 

 

Lloyd Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  Lloyd is the primary Corporate Recruiter for Planning and Technology, which includes all aspects of Information Technology and Operations Research.  Lloyd specializes in building relationships with Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, and the University of Kentucky.

 

Allie Ogren earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University and has been with Norfolk Southern since 2011. Allie has held several positions within the Human Resources Department and is now the coordinator for the college recruiting team.  Allie is the backbone of the college team, and is a key player in our recruiting success.

 

 

Ian Bichara is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish, and also recently acquired his MBA. Ian has 5 years of professional HR experience, as well as several years of customer service experience in various industries. Ian joined Norfolk Southern in December 2012, and is the primary Corporate Recruiter for Maintenance of Way and Structures (civil engineers, construction management), Design & Construction, and Strategic Planning.  Ian specializes in building relationships with North Carolina State University, Clemson University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

 

Chris Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and started his career with Norfolk Southern in 2008. Chris has held various roles in operations, training and most recently recruiting.  Chris is the primary Corporate Recruiter for Transportation Operations, Revenue Accounting & Customer Service (RACS), Network & Service Management, and Labor Relations.  Chris specializes in building relationships with the University of Pittsburgh, Rutgers University, and Michigan State University. 

 

 

Kendall Gayle joined Norfolk Southern in 2011 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from Radford University.   Kendall is the primary recruiter for Communication and Signals (electrical engineers), Sourcing, and Casualty Claims.  Kendall specializes in building relationships with Florida State, Florida A&M, Penn State, Virginia Tech, VMI, and Washington & Lee.

 

Brandon Fambro Joined Norfolk Southern in 2001, and has held multiple positions during his tenure.  Brandon is active in the Army Reserves, and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from St. Leo University.  Brandon is the primary recruiter for our Marketing Department, Audit & Compliance, and Accounting Operations.  Brandon specializes in building relationships with North Carolina A&T University, Southern University and A&M College, University of Missouri, and the University of Tennessee.