Internship - Public Affairs (BOC)

Recruitment #20-20001026-002


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 letter of recommendation through MWRD’s Online Employment Center.

Questions regarding the internship program may be directed to Karen Brown 312-751-6637.

Minimum Requirements

 Position Title:

Public Affairs Intern (BOC)


Board of Commissioners


Main Office Building

100 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is in search of a current student seeking an internship opportunity in the Office of the Board of Commissioners focusing on Public Affairs.The prospective intern will have an opportunity to understand the interdisciplinary approach to communication between the Commissioner and the vast community that we serve. The intern will participate in social media, writing press releases, participating in sustaining community relations, and assisting with writing scripts for video/radio projects, and other related duties as assigned. By the conclusion of the experience, the intern will be able to produce a portfolio of their projects including media advisory plan, press releases, and public service announcements. Develop a deep understanding of MWRD programmatic and policy initiatives.

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 public affairs, public policy, journalism, public relations, environmental affairs or communications.

Applicants should demonstrate commitment to MWRD vision, mission and values. Has the ability to multi-task and coordinate logistics. Must possess great verbal and written communication skills.