Transportation/Engineering Interns

Chesterton, IN
Part Time to Full Time
Student (College)

The South Shore Line is seeking 3 to 4 motivated and dedicated interns to join our Transportation or Engineering Department. This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the railroad industry, working both days and nights to support our operations. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in transportation logistics and engineering, safety protocols, and operational management. The South Shore Line is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in coordinating railroad operations during day and night shifts.
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with safety protocols and regulations.
  • Support the planning and execution of transportation schedules.
  • Communicate effectively with team members and external partners.
  • Address and resolve any operational issues that arise during shifts.
  • Conduct data analysis and generate reports to improve operational efficiency.
  • Participate in safety audits and inspections.
  • Provide administrative support to the Transportation or Engineer Department as needed.

Position Requirements:   The following skills are required:
  • Currently enrolled in a relevant degree program (e.g., Transportation, Logistics, Engineering, Business).
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • A keen interest in the railroad industry and transportation logistics.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. 
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Most of the functions will be performed in an indoor office environment, however, some work may be performed on trains or along the South Shore Line’s right of way.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, although it can sometimes be very loud, depending on the particular building or locale where the employee is working.

Selection is also subject to satisfactory results from a post-offer physical examination, drug and alcohol screening test, and background evaluation (including criminal and trust-related criteria).

  • Gain valuable experience in the railroad industry.
  • Work alongside experienced professionals.
  • Opportunity to network and build professional relationships.
  • Competitive internship compensation.
  • Potential for future employment opportunities.

Schedule: The anticipated work hours will vary. Special projects, days of exceptionally high passenger volume, weekend events, and operational exigencies may require hours tailored to the particular exigency or project. Travel to Chicago or to professional/industry events may be required.

Supervision:  The position reports to the Superintendent of Transportation.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary range is based on experience after consideration of skills and work history.

How to Apply: Submit a written resume outlining education, training, experience, and work history. A cover letter outlining the reasons why you are interested and why you believe you are best qualified is encouraged but not required.

All interested candidates must submit their application by Friday, May 31, 2024.

Apply early for best chance at consideration; the District reserves the option to close this position prior to the stated application deadline.

Contact Joseph Cieniawski, Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations, at (219) 874-4221, ext. 268, if you have questions about this opportunity or notice.

NICTD is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NICTD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class, assuming the individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

NICTD’s complete EEO Policy Statement is available upon request to the District’s EEO Officer, Ms. Laura Harrington, at (219) 874-4221, ext 219; e-mail:

Applicant Note: This application form is intended for use in evaluating your qualifications for employment. It is not an employment contract. Please answer all questions completely and to the best of your ability. False or misleading statements are grounds for refusal or termination of employment and benefits.

Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law in all employment decisions.


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