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Acela 2021 Project Mgmt. Office Co-Op - 90259395 - Washington

Date: Nov 9, 2019

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. 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 the result of our employees.

Are you ready to join our team?

Have a passion for leveraging project management skills to drive the successful delivery of projects? As a Co-op at Amtrak, you will learn the foundational principles in project management and make tangible impacts on a wide range of complex, transformational projects in a real-world rail industry environment. You will work under close supervision of a program manager and in collaboration with all levels of stakeholders: from department leaders, to project/program managers, analysts, and functional leads. Individuals in this role use project management knowledge and analytical skills to support assigned projects, including:

  • Support project performance reporting
  • Create and maintain project artifacts and ensure appropriate document and administrative controls
  • Work with project team members and subject matter experts to coordinate logistics for assigned projects


The co-op selected for this opportunity will join the NEC Service Line PMO, which has capstone responsibilities for high priority and high visibility Fleet Implementation programs from a business perspective.  The primary program the co-op will work on is the multi-billion dollar Acela Next Generation high speed trainset program (Acela 21).  The co-op will also support the emerging InterCity Train (ICT) program, with a focus on Procurement process support and program initiation.  The co-op may also be engaged with other PMO programs as business priorities dictate


• Engage in fast paced learning of Next Generation Acela high speed trainset program, including Workforce Readiness and other cross-departmental aspects, activities, and processes

• Support project teams with project status reporting, documentation, controls and other processes to ensure compliance with audit requirements, department procedures and enterprise standards

• Create and maintain required documentation including project organization charts, distribution lists, project logs, project schedules, requirements documents, project budgets, meeting minutes, and status reports

• Assist in development and review of project scope, schedule and budget


• Must be actively pursuing a degree at an accredited educational institution.  

• Must be actively pursuing an undergraduate/graduate degree in Project Management, Business, Management, Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Organizational Research, or Operations Analysis

• Must have at least 1 year of academic undergraduate studies completed or a sophomore status at minimum.  

• Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher 

Must be available to work a minimum of 15 hours per week between the days/hours of Monday – Friday, 8am  –   5pm.


• Availability to work up to 40 hours per week between the days/hours of Monday – Friday, 8am  –   5pm. 

• Relevant work experience (e.g., internships, school jobs)

• An interest in program and project management as a corporate practice

• Excellent verbal and written skills

• Positive attitude that presents in interactions with program leaders and partners

• Microsoft Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint. MS Project is a plus)

• Analytical skills


Must have excellent oral and written communication skills

Requisition ID:41221
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Job Family/Function:Research & Strategy 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:None 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 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, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

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 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

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