Internship - Environmental Policy

Recruitment #20-20001026-003


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:

Environmental Policy Intern


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 Environmental Policy. This intern will research how equity among communities directly impacts issues within Environmental Justice. Throughout the internship, the intern will assist in a hyper-local survey which will investigate the environmental justice impacts of MWRD policies concerning stormwater and wastewater. The prospective Intern will be required to research and write a summary of the finding from the survey. Upon conclusions of the internship, the intern will be able to articulate the role of the Board of Commissioners and policy creation at MWRD.

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 sophomore - senior student seeking a degree in environmental policy, environmental science, environmental studies, Chicago History, African-American Studies, or Women Studies. 

Applicant must have excellent analytical, public speaking, written, and communication skills. Experience performing basic research methodology, preferred.

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