Union Station Redevelopment Corporation - Paid Planning Internship

(Sent by an alum) Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 and charged with three main objectives: to preserve and restore Union Station’s historic and architectural significance, promote the station’s longterm function as a multi-use transportation center, and enhance the retail and amenities within the station. First opened in 1907, Washington, DC’s Union Station was once heralded as the largest train station in the world. However, over the years, great demand on the station and poor maintenance resulted in the deterioration of the historic structure. Additionally, a misguided effort in the 1970s to turn the station into a National Visitor’s Center resulted in the neglect of the station’s historic integrity. After the station was shuttered due to ceiling leaks in 1981, Congress passed the Union Station Redevelopment Act to preserve the historic integrity of the station, while advancing its useful purpose to the region. The act charged then U.S. Secretary of Transportation Secretary, Elizabeth Dole, with the task of redeveloping the station, which led to the establishment of USRC in 1983 to assist with this endeavor and to represent the best interests of the station. Today, USRC continues to oversee the station as it evolves into a world-class facility, meeting the needs of more than 100,000 visitors a day. USRC is seeking intern(s) at the undergraduate and graduate levels, on a part-time or full-time basis for summer and/or spring 2018, and relevant areas of study include transportation, urban planning, and historic preservation. The intern(s) will support USRC staff to carry out the organization’s main objectives. The internships are paid. The ideal candidate is interested in transportation and capital planning. S/he should be analytical and have experience with Microsoft Office. Duties include: • Provide assistance with capital planning projects o Track and learn about a variety of ongoing and planned projects at the station, o Use the e-Builder database and help create reports for USRC leadership, and o Take part in weekly station walkthroughs to assess any issues that may arise at the station o Compile and analyze walkthrough findings to make recommendations to USRC leadership. • Help with grants and grant-funded projects o Assist with identifying grant opportunities and completing applications; o Develop an internal database to keep track of possible grants, progress of existing grants, and compliance with grant requirements and policies; and o Help manage grant funded projects. • Planning for Nation Stations, a consortium of numerous stations around the country that collaborate and share information o Coordinate with participating stations to meet and share ideas; o Search for non-participating stations that might be interested in joining; o Set up webinars, conferences, etc.; and o Research large multimodal station development projects around the country and the world. To be considered for this opportunity, please send a one-page cover letter, resume, dates of availability, and desired hours per week to rkohli@usrcdc.com.  (Rachel Kohli is an Urbs alum)