AREMA Young Professionals Experience 

The AREMA Young Professionals Experience has been designed to give six young professional railroaders the opportunity to attend the AREMA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo for FREE.  The Young Professionals Experience will provide a professional, 40 years of age and under the chance to attend the AREMA Conference for the first time, network and learn with other professionals in the railroad industry.  In addition to Virtual Registration, winners will receive a 2021 AREMA Membership to continue growth within AREMA.  If you or someone you know could benefit from this opportunity, please share the below information and encourage them to apply. 

AREMA Young Professionals Experience Package Includes:

  • Full Conference Registration to the AREMA 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo
  • Complimentary 2021 AREMA Membership

Qualifications to Apply:

  • First time attendee at the AREMA Conference
  • Current full-time employment with a railroad or rail transit agency
  • 40 years of age and under
  • Employed in the railroad industry full time at least three (3) years
  • Complete Application below by August 7, 2020
  • AREMA Membership not required 

Criteria for Selection:

The Review Committee will select individuals whom they believe are most likely to leverage this learning opportunity and apply the knowledge gained to benefit their careers and organizations.  

Important Dates:

Deadline for Submission is August 7, 2020
Winners will be notified on or about August 20, 2020  

Requirements Once Selected:

  • Provide a headshot of yourself to be included in marketing materials (website, social media, etc.).
  • Must be willing to sign a release form to be featured in Conference promotions. 
  • Complete a post-Conference statement regarding your experience by September 30, 2020.  


Pictured from left: 2019 Young Professionals Experience Winners Adam Becker, David Roberts, Skylar Leach, with AREMA Leadership Ed Sparks, President, Jim Kessler, Past President & Beth Caruso, Executive Director/CEO. 

"A mentor once told me that in order to fully be involved in the railroad community you have to actually attend the AREMA Conference and see it for yourself and he was 100% correct. Attending the Conference gave me the opportunity to meet and connect with so many industry professionals, that have so much experience and want to share their knowledge with interested younger people, and I made sure to soak it all in."
~ Skylar Leach, 2019 Young Professionals Experience Winner
" Attending the AREMA Annual Conference allowed me to network with industry professionals, some of which I knew beforehand and some I had the privilege of meeting for the first time. It is often overlooked how important a face to face conversation is with someone and many I had only ever had an email conversation with."
~ Dave Roberts, 2019 Young Professionals Experience Winner