Public Affairs Intern

Recruitment #23-20001026-800


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 of 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:

Public Affairs Intern


Office of Public Affairs


Main Office Building

100 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Rate of Pay:

This is a paid internship at $18.00/hr.


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is seeking an intern in the Office of Public Affairs. The person in this position will learn how dirty water is transformed into clean water. This position will participate in preparing social media posts, writing press releases, engaging in community relations, distributing tree saplings, literature and milkweed, write scripts for video projects and other duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Creative thinking
  • Can manage multiple projects
  • Knowledgeable in creating and engaging with social media postings
  • Have an interest in the environment

Educational Qualifications:

  • Working towards a Bachelor or Master degree in journalism, public relations, public affairs, environmental affairs, or communications.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.