Environmental Soil Science Intern


Recruitment #23-20001026-705


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 MWRDInternships@mwrd.org.

Minimum Requirements

Position Title:

Environmental Soil Science 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 intern will work with the soil scientist and technicians in field activities, such as soil and plant sampling, and lab analyses for various research projects, particularly in biosolids brownfield restoration, and apply scientific principles in a real-world environment. During the program, the intern will learn techniques for monitoring biosolids and groundwater for regulatory compliance. 

Duties may include tasks such as: 

  • field sampling; 
  • plant species identification;
  • laboratory sample preparation; 
  • data entry; 
  • and report writing. 

The intern will also have opportunities to develop an original research project related to urban biosolids utilization, present scientific information in written or oral formats, and have exposure to the advice of professional soil scientists. There may be opportunities for the intern to assist with the MWRD's community outreach activities and other related tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Attention to detail
  • General computer skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills

Educational Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program majoring in environmental science, soil science, biology, microbiology, chemistry, or related field.
  • Completion of one or more lab courses.
  • A keen interest in learning environmental research and/or soil restoration.