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Would you like a preview of what it means to work for a railroad? Does charting your own career path intrigue you? If your answer is yes, apply for an internship with Union Pacific.

Through our internship and co-op programs, we offer college students meaningful on-the-job experience. We look for ambitious undergraduate and graduate students to work in a variety of departments within our company, including:

Internship Opportunities


"I've had a great learning experience at UP. I was given a practice project to learn how to build the frontend of an application with Angular and how to build the backend with Java and SQL. Now, I'm putting into practice what I've learned by working on making an updated version of the legacy project for my team!" 

- Allison Oliveros, IT Intern

  Creighton University

Start "Building America" from day one. Our internships offer you a mix of work experience, professional development and networking opportunities. We design our internships to introduce you to Union Pacific and the career opportunities we have in store.

You will work on challenging, real-world projects – getting hands-on experience and supportive input along the way.

You'll find our Intern Connection Program is a structured program that enables you to learn the business of Union Pacific Railroad while making personal connections with other interns and employees. Opportunities include:

• Community involvement activities
• Networking
• Social events
• Learning from leaders series
• Your railroad fit

Internship opportunities are available for both summer and year-round session. As a summer intern, you will work full-time from late May/early June through the beginning of August. As a year-round intern, you can expect to work full-time during the summer time, but also work part-time during the college semesters.

We also offer Intern Omaha, which is a high school intern program developed to help students identify future areas of study. 

Company Paid Housing and Transportation

We provide housing and transportation (valued at $2,000) to interns who live outside of Nebraska. Located near the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus, Scott Court Housing is suite-style living in a dormitory atmosphere. In each suite, you will find private bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a furnished living area and full kitchen. It's within walking distance to Aksarben Village, an urban development with a movie theater, outdoor events in Stinson Park, as well as numerous dining and shopping options.

Interns and co-ops working outside of the Omaha area may be eligible for a monthly payroll stipend to assist with housing needs. Eligibility will be handled by the department on a case by case basis.


Our traditional co-op program is for college students who have an arrangement with their academic institution to alternate full-time work and college semesters. This type of program is primarily offered by our Operating departments, typically for those with engineering degrees, which includes Engineering, Mechanical and Transportation focuses.

You may alternate between work and study for two or more terms and possibly receive college credit for participating in our programs, depending on your field of study.

Why Our Interns Build America

  • Communication and interaction with senior leaders
  • Fitness Center access at Union Pacific Center
  • Employee participation in philanthropic events
  • Employee discounts with various rail customers
  • Fun activities all summer long - including College World Series games, outdoor concerts and sport leagues
  • Cross-functional growth
  • Transparent, open communication
  • Development and software training
  • Lunch & Learn sessions
  • Department-wide meetings
  • Networking with Employee Resource Groups such as the Young Professionals' group 

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