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Canadian Railways: A World of Career Opportunities

Canada’s railways offer employees dynamic, rewarding, and well-paying roles of all kinds. From the track to the office, an exhilarating career awaits with some of Canada’s top employers.   


Rail Interns Share Their Journeys

RAC member railways employ more than 34,000 Canadians. They’re actively recruiting the next generation of Canadian railroaders. Watching these exclusive interviews with passionate rail interns for insight into their interests and experiences. 

Why Apply for a Job in Rail? 

Diverse opportunities
From engineering to technology and customer service, railways offer a wide range of career paths to match any interest.

Impact and purpose
Be part of a vital network that connects people, communities, and businesses.

Innovation hubs
Railways thrive on innovation, embrace cutting-edge technologies and drive sustainable practices. Rail is green transport – and more so all the time!

Continuous learning
Railways value lifelong learning and encourage personal and professional growth. You can spend your entire career in rail and do different jobs that continually challenge you.   

We hired close to 200 young people across all areas of the business, from technical and trades, to customer experience, locomotive engineers, and office staff, including 25 students. Young people are an important part of our future. They are inspiring careers for people in the rail industry.

– Via Rail

Every year, CN is proud to hire and welcome hundreds of Interns, Co-Op students as well as Early Career job seekers to a rewarding career with a recognized sustainability leader.


We have hired approximately 49 students to date.


Megan McLeod

Meet Megan McLeod, who interns for the Western Mechanical Division of CN Railway. 

Megan is an electrical engineering student at the University of Alberta and plans to specialize in plasma and photonics in her final year.

Her career goal is to apply her knowledge as an electrical engineer in the field of energy and transportation.

James Martin Chavez

Meet James Martin Chavez, who started at CN last fall as an intern in the Mechanical function and recently joined full-time as a Maintenance and Reliability Engineer. 

James graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. As a Maintenance and Reliability Engineer, he is responsible for preventive maintenance, optimization and improvement.  

Martin Ortega

Meet Martin Ortega, who is doing an internship in the technical services department at VIA Rail.

He is a student of mechanical engineering at the École de technologie supérieure.

Martin is interested in railways, aeronautics, cars and cycling. He is particularly fascinated by sustainable development and green technologies.

Devyn Vincelli 

Meet Devyn Vincelli, an intern with VIA Rail’s Real Estate & Facility Management team.

“I’m working part-time right now because I’m taking summer classes. When it comes to student internships, flexibility is key,” he explains.

Devyn is particularly interested in public transportation, especially passenger rail.

Juanita Aguirre Cadena

Meet Juanita Aguirre Cadena, a summer student in Environmental Operations at CPKC. 

Juanita supports Environmental Operations with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications for environmental compliance projects and environmental audits. 

Amanda Myerson

Meet Amanda Myerson, an Instructional Designer intern at VIA Rail. 

Working in the Learning & Development, Employee Experience department, Amanda conducts needs assessments to create training programs. She supports the design and development of classroom and online training materials and is redesigning a customer service workshop for on-train service employees. 

Sarah Chen

Meet Sarah Chen, a quality assurance summer student at CPKC. 

Sarah’s responsibilities include automation, software testing, and documentation maintenance.

She is currently studying Engineering Science at the University of Toronto with the goal of becoming a fintech software engineer.

Liam Berzins

Meet Liam Berzins, a real estate summer student at CPKC. 

Working in the Real Estate department, Liam is responsible for document control, analysis and other administrative tasks. 

Liam attends the University of Calgary and is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) & BA in International Relations. 

Quinlan Kane

Meet Quinlan Kane, a Hydrogen COE summer student at CPKC. 

As an Engineering Assistant, he assists the mechanical and electrical teams with design work, test support, and 3D printer support. 

Quinlan is currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of Waterloo.