Maintenance and Operations Intern

North Service Area Executive Office

Recruitment #23-20001026-603


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:

Maintenance and Operations Intern


Maintenance and Operations


O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant

3500 Howard Street

Skokie, IL 60076


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is seeking a Mechanical Engineering Intern in the Maintenance and Operations Department. The intern will gain knowledge of contract administration, maintenance management, and parts procurement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the Assistant Master Mechanics and Master Mechanic II with maintenance duties.
  • Conducting corrective work order follow-up and backlog management.
  • Adding/editing preventative maintenance work orders using the District's maintenance management system, Mainsaver.
  • Working with the Parts Procurement Group to enter purchase requisitions.
  • Ordering items on existing open purchase orders or via District purchase cards. 

Rate of Pay:

This is a paid internship at $18.00/hr.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficient utilizing computers and has experience with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Can work both independently and in a team-environment

Educational Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program majoring in electrical or mechanical engineering.