Internship - Environmental Sciences

Recruitment #20-20001026-701


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:

    Environmental Sciences Intern


    Monitoring and Research


    Stickney Water Reclamation Plant

    6001 West Pershing Road

    Cicero, IL 60804


    The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is in search of a current college student seeking an internship opportunity in the Monitoring & Research Department. The intern will be working on wastewater process research projects at different plants with an Environmental Research Scientist. They will learn general principles of wastewater treatment, especially nutrient removal, and safety measures that go along with all lab and field activities. The intern will perform field profiles, equipment maintenance, and analytical laboratory techniques. At the conclusion of this internship, the intern is expected to articulate and demonstrate how the section functions within District operations and how the work performed benefits the community we serve.

    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 Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, or a similar field. General knowledge of basic laboratory skills and safety procedures, applicant must have an interest in research.

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