Internship - Analytical Laboratory

Recruitment #20-20001026-706


MWRD's Internship Program offers paid internship positions. While the main focus is on wastewater management, there are opportunities to gain knowledge and practical experience in a wide range of functions in each department.

Paid Interns

Paid interns are limited to 119 working days per calendar year and receive $15.00 per hour. They do not receive benefits or paid days off.

Required Documents

  • Referral from a class instructor, professor, or Internship Coordinator from current school or university. 
  • Cover letter stating interest in position.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrollment in a degree-seeking program in an accredited college or university.
  • Permanent residency in Cook County (but students may attend school outside the county limit).
  • Applicants must be a citizen or national of the U.S., an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or an individual otherwise legally authorized to work in the U.S.

    Candidates are required to submit the Online Internship Application, submit a cover letter and referral letter through MWRD’s Online Employment Center.

    Questions regarding the internship program may be directed to 

    Minimum Requirements

    Position Title:

    Analytical Laboratory Intern


    Monitoring and Research


    Calumet Water Reclamation Plant 400 East 130th Street Chicago, IL 60628


    The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) is in search of a current college student seeking an internship opportunity in the Monitoring & Research Department’s Analytical Laboratory. The intern will have the opportunity to work directly with Environmental Chemists in an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) accredited laboratory analyzing wastewater samples following standard operating procedures. The intern may learn the common analyses performed in environmental laboratories which could potentially include suspended solids, total solids, pH, alkalinity, nutrient analyses and mercury. The intern will also be provided instruction and experience the practical application regarding the operation of laboratory instrumentation for analysis and how to acquire Demonstration of Capabilities (DOCs). While enhancing their current skill set, the prospective intern will gain valuable experience understanding the how a large laboratory operates, how to maximize productivity, and how the laboratory functions within District operations.

    Rate of Pay:

    This is a paid internship at $15.00/hr.

    Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

    Applicants must have a current residence in Cook County, IL; be a citizen or national of the U.S., an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence, or an individual otherwise legally authorized to work in the U.S.; and must obtain a referral letter from current school, class instructor or Internship Coordinator.

    Educational Requirements:

    Applicants must be a current graduate or undergraduate student seeking a degree in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or a related field. General knowledge of basic laboratory activities and safety procedures is preferred.

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