Egan Analytical Lab Intern

Recruitment #23-20001026-701


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:

Egan Analytical Lab Intern


Monitoring and Research


Egan Water Reclamation Plant

550 South Meacham Road

Schaumburg, IL 60193


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is seeking an intern in the Monitoring and Research Department. The intern will work in an analytical laboratory analyzing wastewater, sludge, and biosolids samples using analytical instrumentation following standard operating procedures under the supervision of an Environmental Chemist. The intern is expected to learn the workings of an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency accredited laboratory, quality assurance and quality control requirements of analyses, data reporting, and sample handling from receipt to disposal using a Laboratory Information Management System.

Rate of Pay:

This is a paid internship at $18.00/hr.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Attention to detail
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Basic understanding of laboratory practices and safety.

Educational Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program majoring in biology, chemistry, or environmental sciences..
  • Completion of introductory chemistry courses.