Summer 2024- Design Operations Intern - 90366818 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 7, 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 Design Controls Intern position is a great opportunity to gain an introduction to the multi-discipline technical design review process at Amtrak as part of the rebuilding of America’s passenger railroad infrastructure. 


As part of the Planning and Engineering Support group within the Capital Delivery Department, this position will assist with the processing and distribution of design submissions from a control perspective before the release and process of the technical review of the architectural drawings.


Collectively, the Engineering Design Operations team works in close collaboration with the Engineering Design Management team and is responsible for the intake process of technical design review submittal requests, planning and scheduling the acceptance of design review submissions, developing and monitoring the anticipated duration of the technical review, developing and monitoring the anticipated budget for design reviews, channeling each design submission to the appropriate design reviewer(s), monitoring for review completion and subsequent return of design review comments to the external customer, as well as producing progress reports and organizing and maintaining a log of records of the overall live design submission. As part of the controls function, the Engineering Design Operations team is also responsible for overseeing and maintaining the library of Engineering Specifications and Standards that govern the internal and external technical design process for Amtrak infrastructure assets across the county.


  • Assisting with the intake process of incoming design review submittals.
  • Assisting with the updating of the library of Engineering Specifications and Standards.
  • Assisting with the development of budget for technical design submissions for each project. 
  • Rotating to the Design Management Team to gain an understanding of the concurrent and downstream processes that take place to our controls process. 



  • Must be actively pursuing a degree at an accredited educational institution.
  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Operations, Digital Communications, or a related field.
  • Desire to learn or further develop knowledge about the railroad industry.
  • Detail-oriented with ability to multi-task.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office 360/365 products.
  • Quickly understands and uses processes, technologies and ideas that are continually being updated.
  • Ability to work under time constraints and with essential deadlines.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and be a team player.
  • Good written, organizational, and oral communication skills.



  • Familiarity with design and construction design documents.
  • Familiarity with Excel documents.
  • Familiarity with the importance of Standards and Policies.
  • A strong number sense.


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 May 20th - August 9th.

Requisition ID:160219
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
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.