Public Policy and Outreach Intern

Board of Commissioners Office

Recruitment #23-20001026-006


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:

Engagement Intern


Board of Commissioners


Main Office Building

100 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60601


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is seeking an intern to serve in the Board of Commissioners office. The intern will receive at least one substantive project in the areas of policy, research, outreach, and communications. Our office is seeking a highly-organized individual to support external engagement initiatives. The individual should possess strong skills in communications, social media, content creation across various media platforms, website support, and outreach events. 

Rate of Pay:

This is a paid internship at $18.00/hr.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, especially PowerPoint and Excel
  • Well-organized and flexible
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • A passion to gain government experience and learning
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, encouraged to apply
  • Current Driver's License

                  Educational Qualifications:

                  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program pursuing a bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, environmental studies, or public administration.