Summer 2024 - Electric Traction (Capital Programs/Projects) Intern - 90372309 - Philadelphia

Date: Mar 29, 2024

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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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.


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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 purpose of this position is to attract future engineers by providing an entry point to promote careers in railway engineering – Electric Traction. Candidates accepted for this position will have the opportunities to apply their engineering skills in an operations office and to gain firsthand work experience in the various aspects of railway engineering – Electric Traction. The position focuses on the system operations for our Electric Traction Power Director Office.


Amtrak operates and maintains a power network in the Northeast Corridor that is used to supply trains and other equipment with electricity that is referred to as traction power. Amtrak’s traction power network is analogous to a utility company in that they have transmission lines, distribution lines (overhead catenary system), generation, and control centers that oversee the power network. The Power Director manages the power distribution on the Northeast Corridor between New Rochelle, NY and Washington, DC; Philadelphia to Harrisburg, PA as well as New Haven, CT to Boston, MA. They supervise the operations and sectionalizing of the Electric Traction power distribution, signal power and 3rd rail systems within their assigned territory. They perform a critical role in the Electric Traction Department for Amtrak. Amtrak is looking for an individual to fill an intern position that will be engaged in all levels of the traction power network but primarily be focused on operations management for our Power Director office.



Under the supervision of assigned Engineering Manager(s) the position will:

  • Gain general electrical knowledge about railroad generation and control infrastructure along with the various aspects of traction power assets.
  • Assist in providing technical, logistical, and administrative support to ensure the successful completion of assigned project tasks within scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Receive instruction on the various Engineering safety standards, work procedures, and operating practices.
  • Assist in providing technical writing support for procedure development & implementation.



  • Must be actively pursuing a degree in Engineering (Electrical) from an accredited university/college.
  • 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.
  • Available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week between the days/hours: Monday-Friday, 8a-5p.



  • Experience working in a transportation, engineering, manufacturing, industrial or technical environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and AutoCAD software



Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


Currently accepting applications and interviewing now for May 2024 start date. Please be advised that the Summer 2024 internship program will run from May 20th - August 9th.


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.



Requisition ID:160931
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Engineering 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:0 - 5% 

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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.