Treatment Plant Operations Engineer Intern

Administrative Unit

Recruitment #23-20001026-605


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:

Treatment Plant Operations Engineer Intern


Maintenance and Operations


O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant

3500 West Howard Street

Skokie, IL 60076


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is seeking an intern to serve in the Maintenance and Operations Department. The intern will assist engineers working in wastewater treatment plant operations gaining experience with:

  • reading plan sets, 
  • creating schematic diagrams, 
  • field investigations, 
  • troubleshooting, 
  • and learning how a treatment plant operates. 
The intern will also be exposed to the duties of Treatment Plant Operators, sampling and laboratory activities, and sequence operations. Throughout the internship, they will also become familiar with assisting with the reviewing  of ongoing and upcoming capital improvement plant projects.

Rate of Pay:

This is a paid internship at $18.00/hr.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Some experience with AutoCAD, preferrable
  • Attention to detail
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Can commit to the daily commute to the Skokie location

Educational Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program engineering.
  • Civil engineering major preferred but not required.