Environmental Justice Intern

Recruitment #24-20001026-301


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. 

Required Documents:

  • Letter of recommendation from a class instructor, professor, or Internship Coordinator from current school or university.
  • Written statemenexplaining their interest in Environmental Justice.
  • Transcripts.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program in an accredited college or university and will be enrolled in the 2024/2025 school year.
  • 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 Justice Intern


General Administration 


Main Office Building 

100 East Erie Street 

Chicago, IL. 60611


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) is in search of a current college student seeking an internship opportunity in the General Administration Department's Environmental Justice Section.  The Environmental Justice internship will provide an exciting opportunity for students to learn about and assist with activities in various departments, sections, and program areas.  Work assignments will expose students to the wide range of activities associated with Environmental Justice principles and practices.  All work activities are designed to advance MWRD's Strategic Plan, which focuses on Community Engagement, Collaboration, Innovation, Equity, and Resilience.  Work assignments and locations will vary so applicants must have access to reliable transportation. 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Skilled with MS Office especially Excel. 
  • Familiarity and/or personal experience with environmental justice.
  • Ability to think logically and apply knowledge to new and unique situations.
  • Good organizational and communication skills. 
  • Applicants must also submit a written statement explaining their interest in Environmental Justice.  

Educational Requirements:

Applicants must be a current graduate or undergraduate student seeking a degree in a career path related to advancing Environmental Justice issues.