Internship - Civil/Environmental Engineering

Recruitment #20-20001026-104


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:

    Civil/Environmental Engineering Intern




    Main Office Building Annex

    111 East Erie Street

    Chicago, IL 60611


    The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) is in search of a current college student seeking an internship opportunity in the Engineering Department. The intern will be exposed to engineering post-award contract activities, such as reviewing submittals and change order requests, preparing cost estimates, and participating in progress meetings associated with 15-266-4H Odor Control Systems at two TARP Shafts and Decommissioning of the Thornton Transitional Reservoir. The intern will also be working on the Stormwater Master Planning effort for three communities in the District's combined sewer area; reviewing engineering consultant's work and participating in progress meetings. Finally, the intern will assist with the State Revolving Fund loan program; preparing project plans, Illinois Department of Natural Resources reviews, State Historic Preservation reviews, post-award documentation and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency final inspections.

    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 letter of recommendation from the school’s Internship Coordinator or Departmental Dean, or professor.

    Educational Requirements:

    Applicants must be a current graduate or undergraduate student seeking a degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering.