Internship - Stormwater Management

Recruitment #20-20001026-102


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

    Minimum Requirements

    Position Title:

    Stormwater Management Internship




    Main Office Building Annex

    111 East Erie Street

    Chicago, IL 60611


    The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is in search of a current college student seeking an internship opportunity in the Engineering Department. The candidate will work under the direction of an Associate Civil Engineer to train in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software to catalog and process stormwater management project data on file. The intern will assist with the preparation of maps and performing GIS analyses for our stormwater management programs. The intern will work with engineering staff to understand the MWRD’s role in solving flooding issues through the Stormwater Master Planning effort. The intern will assist in preparing grant/funding applications for stormwater projects located in economically challenged areas in Cook County. By the conclusion of this internship, the prospective intern should be able to articulate how stormwater management contributes to the evolving efforts of the District as we strive to meet the needs of our vast service community.

    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’s class instructor or Internship Coordinator.

    Educational Requirements:

    Applicants must be a current graduate or undergraduate student seeking a degree in Engineering or Urban Planning. AutoCAD or GIS experience preferred, but not required. Familiarity with design plans desired, but not required.