Summer 2024 - Real Estate Project Engineer Co-Op - 90352755 - Philadelphia

Date: Nov 8, 2023

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 COOP will be dedicated to the Utility Occupancies Group under the supervision of the Real Estate Development Manager responsible for the preliminary design review of utility installations on Amtrak property. The Utility Occupancies Group reviews project proposals from utility applicants for compliance with Amtrak’s engineering design specifications and then negotiates drafts, manages, and enforces property rental/license agreements that enable these applicants to construct, operate/occupy, and maintain their facilities on Amtrak’s property. Applicants are typically interested in constructing gas, water, sewer, telecommunication, or electrical facilities on and across Amtrak property. The COOP will review new project proposals for completeness and process for internal review requiring coordination with several departments at Amtrak including Engineering, Environmental, Transportation, and others. This department utilizes Amtrak’s existing property to generate income through utility-related rental/license agreements while minimizing potential risk to the company.



  • Assists in performing preliminary plan reviews and other analyses of project proposals for completeness and approvability, using Amtrak’s design standards 
  • Conducts real estate related research through assistance from others in the department 
  • Manages incoming utility installation applications, reports on project progress and development, and collaborates with utility applicants to produce acceptable projects 
  • Drafts and manages rental/license agreements for approved projects with assistance from others 
  • Provides reporting and statistical analysis to assist with daily operations



  • Must be actively pursuing a degree in Engineering, Business & Engineering, Construction Management, or Real Estate Management 
  • Experience in Microsoft Office suite, including Excel, Word, Outlook, and SharePoint 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects 
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently 
  • High attention to detail and organizational aptitude



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.


Requisition ID:160299
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Finance 
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.