Calumet Analytical Lab Intern

Recruitment #23-20001026-700


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:

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in general laboratory and safety practices
  • Proficiency in Word and Excel
  • Attention to detail

Educational Qualifications:

  • 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.