Internship - Environmental Soil Sciences SWRP

Recruitment #20-20001026-705


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 Soil Sciences Intern - SWRP


    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 Biosolids Section conducts research to build on the District's existing expertise and further the District's leadership in beneficial biosolids re-use. The intern will collaborate with District scientists and technical staff to address essential knowledge gaps in the current understanding of how biosolids applications impact microbial community structure and ecosystem function. The intern will gain experience in sample processing and analysis, generating and entering data, conducting statistical analyses, and producing data visualizations and reports that she or he will present at the end of the internship program.

    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 biology, environmental science, or a related discipline. Previous laboratory experience and familiarity with data entry and analysis software is beneficial.

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