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About Union Pacific Information Technology Intern Program

One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2007-2013, Union Pacific invested more than $21.6 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure. The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

Union Pacific Railroad is proud of the partnerships it shares with the 7,300 communities it serves throughout the western two-thirds of the United States. It's a tradition that began more than 150 years ago, and that will continue tomorrow and beyond.

Our vision - Building America - symbolizes the Union Pacific experience for all the people whose lives we touch. It connects the importance of Union Pacific's rail transportation to America's economy, honors the generations that preceded us and is a promise to the generations that will follow. We live our mission by safely delivering the products people need for daily living and companies require for successful operations, providing good jobs, operating ethically and investing in our country by investing in our communities.

Information Technology Intern Program

The primary location for the IT internship is in Omaha, Nebraska at our headquarters building.

The railroad has one of the world's largest privately owned telecommunications networks, which supports the company's 10,000 customers and 32,000-mile rail network across 23 states. Its information technology team conducts leading-edge work in areas such as real-time and predictive analytics, hardware engineering, sensor-based mote technology, train communications and other areas. Union Pacific also develops and builds its own proprietary hardware, software and systems. These types of opportunities provide college students with meaningful on-the-job experience through our internship program.

Our internships provide a mix of work experience, professional development opportunities and social networking. Students will work on real and challenging projects, getting hands-on experience and supportive input along the way. Our internships are designed to introduce you to Union Pacific Railroad and the career opportunities we have to offer.

The Information Technology Interns have overwhelming networking opportunities. The IT department offers a Welcome Committee (ITWC) which collaborates with the Companies new and innovative program called 'Interns for Interns'. They call themselves I4I. This program was created to stay competitive with other Fortune 200 companies. It offers growth and retention of interns into full-time employees. It reaches interns throughout the company by educating interns on the business, developing skill sets while enhancing work experience. These experiences are real world which include managing a budget, presentation skills, training and development.

The Components of I4I include an Advisory Board which serves to give guidance, develop leadership skills and support the I4I President and Committee Chairpersons. The committees include: Welcome, Networking, Corporate Development, Philanthropy and Communication. As interns move into full-time positions with Union Pacific, they will replace current Advisory Board members. This provides continued leadership opportunity and a succession plan.

ITWC is a structured program enables interns to learn the business of Union Pacific Railroad while also making personal connections with other interns and UP employees. This program is sponsored by the Executive Sr. Vice President & Chief Information Officer.

Intern Benefits

Interns and Co-ops are eligible to participate in the Transportation Spending Account (TSA) Program to put aside pre-tax dollars to pay for expenses related to commuting, such as parking fees, bus passes and cycling expenses.

Union Pacific is dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for Interns which include providing employees who work in Union Pacific Center (UPC) the use of the Omaha Health and Fitness Center.

Service as an Intern is counted as both vesting service and credited service under the UP Pension Plan. Should an Intern become a full-time employee of Union Pacific, service as an Intern will count towards Service Awards under the Service Awards Program.

The interns could be given a monthly or hourly salary based on the length of their internship. The average pay ranges from $16-$22/per hour depending on the level of experience.



Minimum Qualifications - Information Technology Undergrad Internships

Software development, systems engineering, information assurance, SAP:

  • Working towards your Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering (with software emphasis), or an IT-related field
  • Desired experience / skill sets:
    • Experience with application development
    • Coursework in one or more of the following areas: Data Structures, Database, Internet Development (HTML, Java), Object Oriented Programming, Hardware/Network
    • Computer skills include working knowledge of one or more of the following:
      J2EE, JAVA, XML/XSL, HTML, C/C++, Visual Basic
    • Object-oriented design/development methodologies
    • Linux, UNIX, Windows Desktop and Server Operating Systems
    • Databases (Oracle Preferred), SQL
    • Strong communications skills (both oral and written)

Telecommunications (including network and communication systems design):

  • Working towards your Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering (with an electrical emphasis), Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • Desired experience / skill sets:
    • Advanced computer skills with knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, internet navigation, C, C++, Java Programming languages, Linux, Windows OS, schematic capture/layout
    • Telecommunications background and/or the desire to learn and develop one.
Union Pacific Information Technology Intern Program

Sara Dworak
Union Pacific Railroad Company Inc
1400 Douglas Street
STOP 0340
Omaha, NE 68179
Phone: (402) 544-1365


Number of Interns: 101 or more
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: Varies
Academic Level: High School Students, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


Austin, TX
Omaha, NE