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Meet Jacob

Jacob Wallace is a rising senior journalism student at American University, where he will also be completing a Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs by Spring of 2020. A dynamic storyteller, Jacob’s work has spanned continents: from video work in the Chesapeake Bay to published articles for his last internship at Welcome to Madrid, an expat magazine based in Madrid, Spain. Through his work, Jacob hopes to create stories that are engaging and reach the widest audiences possible.

What is Summer By Rail?

“Summer By Rail” is perhaps the greatest internship in America. Started in 2016, each summer the Rail Passengers Association sends its paid correspondent on a month-long cross-country trip by train to see America. On their journey, the correspondents report on the rail passenger network from inside the train. They talk with passengers about how they use transportation to work, live and play. They meet with mayors and government officials in big cities and small towns on planning issues. And, they sample the local food, drinks, entertainment and recreation that is available through the passenger rail network.

In 2018, Jacob Wallace will focus on one of the most American experiences: baseball. His trip will take him to major and minor league parks in cities and towns where he will see the sights and sounds of summer and meet players, fans and passengers from Miami to Seattle. The trip starts with a baseball game at Marlins Park on May 26, and continues on south Florida’s new Brightline service. Amtrak will carry Jacob on most of his tour to the pacific northwest finishing at Safeco Field on July 3. Check back often for blog post updates and follow Jacob daily on Instagram @railpassengers.

All Aboard and Play ball!

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