Network Rail: Signalling Design Group Internship - James Hylands

Network rail run, maintain and develop Britain's rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and many key stations,  they employ York student interns year after year as an invaluable and innovative resource for their company.


First year Engineering student James Hylands spent eleven weeks working with Network Rail’s Project Management Office in York. James was one of four interns recruited from the University of York by Network Rail during the summer vacation 2015.

James worked with the Signalling Design Group, which is based at the forefront of developing new and more efficient ways of producing signalling designs and delivering Network Rail projects. James examined the various tools currently used to estimate and plan Network Rail projects and, by collating evidence and feedback from employees across the company, he standardised these to create a cohesive planning tool to be rolled out across the company. James spent time travelling the country (by train, of course!), presenting his findings and recommendations and gaining a unique insight into the organisational culture and professional backgrounds of Network Rail teams and staff.

James found his internship fun and engaging, saying 'I found my internship to be an incredible opportunity to both showcase and develop my soft skills. It was also a great insight into the world of work.'