Fall 2023- Emergency Management Intern - 90265965 - Chicago

Date: Sep 17, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL, US, 60661

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 communications and a creative thinker? Interested in working with in Safety Promotions and or Emergency Management . As an Intern at Amtrak, you will learn the foundational principles of what it takes to create, implement, test, and improve a wide range of safety promotions & emergency management procedures. You will work under close supervision of the Director of Safety Promotions and in collaboration with all levels of stakeholders: from emergency management professionals and other business stakeholders to develop and implement policies and procedures relating to safety communications, emergency preparedness and management. Individuals in this role use project management knowledge and technical writing skills to support assigned projects, including:


  • Help create Safety content
  • Develop plans and procedures for major disruptions or emergencies.
  • Validation of emergency management procedures
  • Prepare policies and briefings on emergency preparedness subject matter
  • Participate in fieldwork to execute emergency simulations or carry out protocol in crisis situations.
  • Support project performance reporting
  • Create and maintain project artifacts and ensure appropriate document and administrative controls



  • Support the emergency management team with new projects and program maintenance.
  • Create and maintain plan documentation (facility emergency plans, business continuity plans, etc.)
  • Assist in development and review of after-actions
  • Coordinate logistics, including shipping, calendars for emergency management events


Please be advised that the Fall 2023 internship program will run from September 18th - April 26th (full academic year).



  • Must be actively pursuing a degree at an accredited educational institution. 
  • Must be actively pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Business Administration, Emergency Management, Communications or Political Science. 
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher



  • Relevant work experience (e.g., internships, school jobs)
  • Microsoft Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project)
  • Pursuing a graduate degree
  • Ability and interest to travel as requested (approx 25%)


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills

The hourly range is $17.50 per hour - $35.00 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 Fall 2023 internship program will run from September 18th - April 26th (full academic year).

Requisition ID:158869
Posting Location(s):Illinois
Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 
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.