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University Students

Bright future ahead

NS offers opportunities for undergraduates and graduates. Whatever your field of study, NS internships, co-ops, and career paths to satisfy your interests.

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

Learn More About Becoming a Management Trainee


Interns and co-ops open doors. Not to mention, your mind.

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 team at campus recruiting sessions.

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 also is interested in meeting individuals who have finished their degrees and are 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. 

First-time applicants

Returning applicants