Research and Policy Intern

Board of Commissioners Office

Recruitment #23-20001026-002


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 $18.00 per hour. They do not receive benefits or paid days off.

Required Documents:

  • Letter of recommendation from a class instructor, professor, or Internship Coordinator from current school or university.
  • Cover letter stating interest in position.
  • Resume

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrollment in a degree-seeking program in an accredited college or university.
  • Permanent residency within the territorial boundaries of the MWRD (students may attend school outside the territorial boundaries).
  • You must be a citizen or national of the United States, or an individual who is otherwise legally authorized to work in the United States.

Candidates are required to submit the Online Internship Application, cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation through MWRD’s Online Employment Center.

Questions regarding the internship program may be directed to

Minimum Requirements

Position Title:

Policy and Research Intern


Board of Commissioners Office


Main Office Building

100 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60601


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is searching for a current student seeking an internship opportunity in the Office of the Board of Commissioners, focusing on research, policy analysis, and program review. The intern will research types of residential, commercial, and municipal compost collection programs and water reuse services programs. The intern will evaluate systems, processes, and procedures to ensure cost-effectiveness, operational efficiency, and environmentally safe waste collection, transfer recovery, and composting methods. The intern will also analyze how MWRD, and other potential government partners can collaborate to implement a regional composting initiative.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficient using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Can work both independently and in a team-environment.
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills.

Educational Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student in environmental, science, research, or public policy.
  • Preferably the applicant has a baseline understanding of environmental sciences, food waste in today's context, and a sense of enthusiasm about compost and other similar topics.