Metra Intern-External Affairs in Chicago, Illinois

Intern-External Affairs


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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient service.

The External Affairs group is divided into three sections: Marketing, Government and Community Affairs and Communications all reporting to the Chief External Affairs Officer. The Marketing Department works to increase Metra’s ridership base and non-fare revenues. The Government and Community Affairs Department provides strategic advice to the Metra Board, executive director and senior staff on issues relating to Metra’s state and federal legislative agendas. The Communications Department acts as the agency’s primary channel to interact with the media and various stakeholder groups across the region.

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.

Reporting to the department of External Affairs, the intern will work with the media relations team to develop and promote positive coverage of the organization and inform the media of noteworthy events at Metra. Research and draft responses to media inquiries, write news releases, newsletter articles, speeches, talking points, and other materials for Metra events and initiatives. Assist in the development and implementation of special events and promotional activities and the development of related collateral materials. Monitor Metra press stories and issues that affect public transportation. Ensure Metra’s media data base is current. Perform other duties as assigned.

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


Intern must be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior in an undergraduate or graduate program from an accredited institution, studying Journalism, Communications or English.

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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