Summer 2024- Consist (Service) Planning Intern


Job Description

Posted on: 
February 9, 2024

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.



Are you interested in learning how capacity on Amtrak’s routes and services are planned? As an intern in Amtrak’s Consist Planning team you will learn about and make a meaningful impact on the Amtrak network, including helping to determine where capacity should be deployed by season and by route. You will work in the Commercial, Service Planning department, utilizing your Bachelor’s degree in Business or Transportation Planning from an accredited university.


You will have the opportunity to apply your academic background in both the office and field, and to gain firsthand field related work experience in the various aspects of complex service planning issues. Individuals in this role use transportation knowledge and analytical skills to support assigned projects, including:

  • Support research, reporting, and analysis efforts.
  • Design and develop proposals deploy capacity throughout the Amtrak Network.
  • Support, as needed, the Service Planning team in developing consist, schedule, and connecting service proposals to increase revenue opportunities.
  • Work with team members and subject matter experts to coordinate efforts on assigned projects



  • Attend office meetings, field meetings, and conference calls 
  • Research, collect and analyze data 
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with management 
  • Assist in providing administrative/logistical support, key analysis, and become an integral part of the consist planning process.
  • Become familiar with Transportation safety standards, work procedures, and operating practices in order to perform informed analysis and recommendations.
  • Other specific work assignments may be determined based on the needs of project and program assigned to. 



  • Must be actively pursuing a graduate degree within Business, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Engineering, or Marketing at an accredited educational institution 
  • Must have at least 4 years of academic undergraduate studies completed or a senior status at minimum; 
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher 



  • Specific interest or desire to work in the railroad industry. 
  • Experience in Microsoft Office software suite, including Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Available to work a hybrid work schedule (3 days per week at an Amtrak facility), minimum of 20 up to 40 hours per week between the days/hours: Monday-Friday, 9a-5p ET
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be highly organized and have the ability to work productively, be detailed oriented, maintain high level of confidentiality and work with tight deadlines.



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:160172

Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia

Job Family/Function:Marketing 

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.

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