Mechanical Engineering Intern

Administrative Unit

Recruitment #23-20001026-602


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:

Mechanical Engineering Intern


Maintenance and Operations


Stickney Water Reclamation Plant

6001 West Pershing Road

Cicero, IL 60804


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is seeking a Mechanical Engineering Intern in the Maintenance and Operations Department. The respective intern will:

  • Perform basic mechanical engineering tasks and calculations for sizing pumps and other energy-efficient upgrades for large wastewater treatment facilities under the direction of experienced mechanical engineers.
  • Prepare calculations and documentation that support project design basis, including calculations of pipe sizing and pressure loss calculations, pump sizing, and ductwork sizing.
  • Prepare cost estimates and preliminary scheduling of work.
  • Assist in project deliverables such as reports, contract documents (drawings and specifications), and design calculations.
  • Make site visits to field verify the existing and new equipment during design, construction, and operation.
  • Assist in equipment information verification and preventative maintenance record input.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Basic engineering/technical knowledge
  • General computer skills
  • Experience using databases and spreadsheet software
  • Good written communication skills

Educational Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program majoring in mechanical engineering. 
  • Successful completion of general engineering classes such as: fluids, thermodynamics, machine design, and engineering economics.