Stickney Analytical Lab Intern

Recruitment #23-20001026-703


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:

Stickney Analytical Lab Intern


Monitoring and Research


Stickney Water Reclamation Plant

6001 West Pershing Road

Cicero, IL 60804


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is seeking an intern in the Monitoring and Research Department. The Stickney Analytical Laboratory Section is responsible for the quantitative analysis of nitrogen and phosphorus compounds, trace metals content, and solids concentration. The laboratory analyzes treatment process control samples, regulatory, samples, industrial waste, waterway, and solids management process samples. The analyses include the preparation of samples, reagents, and standards. 

The intern will have a chance to learn to operate a SEAL discrete chemical analyzer, ICP-OES, and ICP-MS instruments, gravimetric analytical methods, as well as the Laboratory Information Management System. The intern will be working in a team environment, interacting with other laboratory technicians and chemists. This will enable them to learn how the workload and workflow is prioritized as well as the impact of errors occurring throughout the analytical process. The intern will be expected to follow all laboratory safety protocols and quality assurance procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of MS Excel, preferred not required
  • General computer skills
  • Familiarity with laboratory techniques and analytical instrumentation
  • Good written communication skills

Educational Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program majoring in chemistry, biology, or related sciences.