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Summer 2024 - Project Management Co-op - 90367201 - Washington

Date: Oct 20, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20001 

Company: Amtrak

Your success is a train ride away!

As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


Are you ready to join our team?

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


Have a passion for leveraging project management skills to drive the successful delivery of projects?  As a co-op/ intern at Amtrak, you will learn the foundational principles in project management and make tangible impacts on complex, transformational projects in a real-world rail industry environment.  You will work under close supervision of a senior program manager, and in collaboration with all levels of stakeholders:  from department leaders to project/program managers, analysts, and functional leads.  Individuals in this role use project management knowledge and analytical skills to support assigned projects, including:

  • Supporting project planning, analysis, and performance reporting
  • Creating and maintaining project artifacts and ensuring appropriate document and administrative controls
  • Working with project team members and subject matter experts to coordinate logistics for assigned projects and activities
  • The co-op/intern selected for this opportunity will join the New Acela high speed trainset program team, which has capstone responsibilities for the multi-billion dollar high priority and high visibility effort, including implementation, integration, and business perspectives


  • Engage in fast paced learning of the New Acela high speed trainset program, with a focus on the Workforce Readiness workstream within the Program Readiness area.  Both the primary trainset vendor and Amtrak will transition from training planning to training execution during Summer 2024.  The co-op/intern will assist the program Workforce Readiness leader in leading, managing, and coordinating activity related to over 10 training groups and areas.  Specific work efforts will include:
  • Supporting and updating specific training plans
  • Framing and updating training schedules
  • Coordinating and ensuring completion of key training enablement and execution activities
  • Generating and populating training status reporting
  • Updating the Workforce Readiness strategy document as required
  • Documenting notes and key takeaways from workstream meetings
  • Updating and managing workstream document repositories
  • Assisting in the updating, tracking, and reporting of project budget
  • Support project teams with project status reporting, documentation, controls, and other processes to ensure compliance with best practices, department procedures, and enterprise standards
  • Coordinate project logistics, including calendars, major events, meetings and applicable materials and equipment
  • This co-op/internship represents an exciting opportunity to learn and contribute to the success of a fast-paced program, focused on training, touching well over 4,000 employees that is critical to the launch of Amtrak’s newest high speed trainset service


• Must be actively pursuing a degree at an accredited educational institution. 
• Must be actively pursuing an undergraduate/graduate degree in Project Management, Business, Management, Economics, Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Organizational Research, or Operations Analysis
• Must have at least 1 year of academic undergraduate studies completed or a sophomore status at minimum. 
• Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher


• Relevant work experience (e.g., internships, school jobs)
• An interest in the program and project management as a corporate practice
• Excellent verbal and written skills
• Positive attitude that presents in interactions with program leaders and partners
• Microsoft Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project)
• Analytical skills

• Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The hourly range is $19.50 per hour – $22.10 per hour. Pay is based on factors including school year, program of study, etc.  In addition, paid internships include Amtrak rail pass privileges as a part of the experience along with one (1) PTO day per academic year.


Please be advised that the Summer 2024 internship program will run from May 20th - August 9th.

Requisition ID:160130
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:0 - 5% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 

Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.