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 are limited to 119 working days per calendar year and receive $18.00 per hour. They do not receive benefits or paid days off.
- Letter of recommendation from a class instructor, professor, or Internship Coordinator from current school or university.
- Cover letter stating interest in position.
- 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 MWRDInternships@mwrd.org.
Calumet Analytical Lab Intern
Monitoring and Research
Calumet Water Reclamation Plant
400 East 130th Street
Chicago, IL 60628
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago are seeking laboratory interns to serve in the Monitoring and Research Department. Laboratory interns at the Calumet Analytical Laboratory (CAL) will be expected to participate in analyses conducted at the lab. These include analysis of environmental, process control and industrial waste samples for the presence of nutrients, solids, mercury, volatile acids, etc. using both wet chem and instrumentation methods of analysis.
Interns will gain knowledge of waste treatment processes, gain knowledge of laboratory analysis, and how the results support the treatment plant.
Rate of Pay:
This is a paid internship at $18.00/hr.
- Experience in general laboratory and safety practices
- Proficiency in Word and Excel
- Attention to detail
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program majoring in chemistry, environmental science, chemical engineering, or biology.
- Has completed at least three semesters of laboratory sciences focused on chemistry, biology, environmental sciences.