Metra Intern-Strategic Capital Planning in Chicago, Illinois

Intern-Strategic Capital Planning


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The Metra Internship Program provides an opportunity for college sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students to gain practical experience through on-the-job learning. Metra assigns students to projects related to their academic/educational field of study, which complements classroom instruction. The knowledge gained contributes to career development, while the experience provides insight on the wide variety of jobs in the transportation industry.

The Division of Strategic Capital Planning consists of three departments: Capital Program Development, Long Range Planning and System Performance and Data. The Capital Program Development Department develops Metra’s capital program and amendments and prepares all discretionary funding grant applications.

The Long Range Planning Department identifies new opportunities for expanding and enhancing the rail system, including line extensions, development of new routes, adding new stations on existing rail lines, and transit-oriented development in station areas. Long-Range Planning also participates in studies led by other entities that will impact Metra operations or Metra riders.

The System Performance and Data Department prepares monthly reports on system ridership, on-time performance and capacity utilization of trains. The department also manages periodic surveys, counts and analyses of Metra riders and monitors the agency’s adherence to Title VI and other equity standards for the provision of transportation service.

The Intern will work directly with Department Heads, Managers, and staff in the three divisions of the Strategic Capital Planning Group to assist in:

  • Capital Program Development

  • Conduct parking surveys

  • Transit Asset Management

  • Planning Analysis

  • Mapping

  • Work with internal capital project user department regarding funding needs

  • Development of Transit Asset Management Plan

  • Study development trends around Metra Stations.

Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.


The Intern must be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior in an undergraduate program or in a graduate program from an accredited institution. Preferred areas of study are Urban Planning, Geography, Economics, Statistics, Applied Mathematics or other related discipline, but are not required. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Suite strongly preferred.

Must be 18 years or older; able to legally work in the United States; a student in good standing for each semester/quarter during their internship; and available to work between 12 and 20 hours per week for up to one year (optional: 40 hours per week during summer months).

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

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