NEC Capital Planning Intern - 90289251 - Washington

Date: Mar 26, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

Company: Amtrak

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The graduate-level intern will assist the Northeast Corridor Commission with its capital planning and reporting initiatives. The Commission was established by Congress in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 to coordinate agencies that share the region’s core rail network. The Commission has been administratively hosted by Amtrak since 2011.
The Commission seeks a current graduate student to support various capital planning and reporting activities. The intern will work closely with a collaborative team and will have the opportunity to shape project work in coordination with Commission staff. The intern will be responsible for the preparation of public materials (including maps, data visualizations, written material for plans and reports, and website content), data collection, and other tasks as assigned. Successful candidates will demonstrate a willingness to undertake unfamiliar initiatives and strong enthusiasm for the Commission’s work.
The internship is a full-time, paid position during Summer 2021 with the potential to continue as a part-time opportunity during the subsequent school year. All Commission staff are currently working remotely. The intern will be located remotely or based out of the Commission’s office in Washington, DC when staff may return to the office.


The intern will support the following project-based work:
•    Work with members of the Capital Working Group to collect data from NEC project sponsors;
•    Use Microsoft Excel and PowerBI to organize and analyze data;
•    Write and/or edit content that is meant for non-technical audiences; and
•    Create easy-to-understand tables, graphics, and data visualizations in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft PowerBI.


In addition, the intern may lead one or both of the following types of projects:
•    Undertake a research project on topic(s) related to the NEC capital planning and reporting;
•    Create tools to help staff standardize the look and feel of documents, tables, and charts; and/or
•    Update and enhance existing maps that are widely used in public materials.


•    Must be actively pursuing a graduate degree in public policy or urban planning at an accredited educational institution.
•    Strong skills in written, verbal, and graphic communication of quantitative and qualitative information, including the ability to clearly express technical concepts to broad audiences.
•    Strong attention to detail with both data organization/ analysis and graphic design.
•    Comfort with using Microsoft Excel to organize and analyze data. Experience with using or willingness to learn Microsoft PowerBI is a plus.
•    Comfort with Adobe Creative Cloud, particularly Illustrator and InDesign


•    Ability to stay organized and maintain attention to detail under tight deadlines 
•    Experience collecting, evaluating, and interpreting quantitative data.
•    Experience using ArcGIS or other similar mapping software.

Requisition ID:54408
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia
Job Family/Function:Research & Strategy 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:None 

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Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

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