Spring 2024 - 2023-IT and Ops Engineering Intern- 90259862 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 8, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

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.


The internship is an exciting opportunity to learn about train control systems including dispatching and Positive
Train Control (PTC) systems are critical to sustaining and enhancing the safety of the intercity travel
network. The intern will work collaboratively with Amtrak staff across IT and Operations Engineering projects.


The intern will have an opportunity to learn broadly about Amtrak's business practices while being charged with
focused technical research projects with support and guidance from Amtrak senior staff.


Amtrak provides rail transportation, as well as connecting services operated by partner carriers. The internship
will focus on improvements to multimodal travel that combines Amtrak with other forms of transportation. This
may include enhancements to technology systems in train dispatch, ET SCADA & PTC systems. The intern
may also undertake research on developing new routes that connect with Amtrak.



  • Work under the supervision of assigned IT Manager(s).
  • Create maps and diagrams of train track in dispatch Territory.
  • Design & development of reporting system.
  • Compile data from written sources as well as direct interviews.
  • Write clearly and succinctly on technical topics.
  • Create documentation of technical processes and best practices in layman's terms.



  • Must be actively pursuing a degree at an accredited educational institution.
  • Must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering or Computer Science.
  • Must have at least 2 years of academic undergraduate studies completed or a junior status at minimum.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.



  • Experience with computer programming and/or application design.
  • Knowledge of Database programming (MySQL and MS-Access).
  • Knowledge of Networking: Routers, Switches, Firewalls, VLANs.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Server, Domain and Workstation Architectures and Administration• Linux and/or
  • Windows Programming.
  • Configuration and/or Data Management.
  • Knowledge of X-Windows, Motif under Linux environment.
  • Knowledge of C++, C, Java and scripting languages under Linux environment.
  • Eclipse / Bit Bucket Development environment.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and CAD software.

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 Summer 2024 internship program will run from January 22nd - May 10th.

Requisition ID:160303
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
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.