Internship - Public Affairs

Recruitment #20-20001026-800


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:

Public Affairs Intern


Public & Intergovernmental Affairs


Main Office Building Complex

100 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 Public & Intergovernmental Affairs Department. The prospective intern will have an opportunity to understand the interdiscplinary approach to communication between the District and the vast community we serve. The intern will participate in utilizing social media, writing press releases, participating in community relations activities, distributing tree saplings, writing scripts for video/radio projects and other assigned duties. At the conclusion of this internship, the intern will be able to produce a portfolio of other projects that may include a media advisory, press release, and public service announcement.

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.; submit a cover letter, 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 majoring in Journalism, Public Relations, Public Affairs, Environmental Affairs, or Communications. Excellent writing, communication skills, and social media savvy preferred.

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