Treatment Plant Operations Intern

Administrative Unit

Recruitment #24-20001026-608


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

  • 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

Minimum Requirements

Position Title:

Treatment Plant Operations Intern


Maintenance and Operations


Intern will work between three plant locations.

Egan Water Reclamation Plant

500 Meacham Road

Schaumburg, IL

Kirie Water Reclamation Plant

701 Oakton Street

Des Plaines, IL 

Hanover Park Water Reclamation Plant

1220 Sycamore Avenue

Hanover Park, IL


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is seeking an intern to work within the Maintenance and Operations Department. The prospective intern will participate in:

  • sampling activities, 
  • laboratory analysis, 
  • IEPA reporting protocols, 
  • and learn about instrumentation for process control. 

Throughout the assignment, the intern will help with case studies and analysis of current data, actively discussing recommended solutions to ongoing challenges. The intern will also:

  • assist the plant engineer in ongoing Maintenance and Operations projects, 
  • contract administration, 
  • site visits for ongoing construction projects, 
  • work with Asset Management database, 
  • and any other relevant projects. 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Proficient in MS Excel and Word. 
  • An understanding of basic Engineering principles and practices. 
  • An exposure to wastewater treatment principles is a plus, but not required. 
  • Reliable transportation. Intern will be split between 3 North Area plants (Egan/Kirie/Hanover Park) but will be stationed at only one plant each day. 

Educational Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled college student attending an accredited school or university majoring in civil, environmental, mechanical or chemical engineering.
  • Entering 3rd or 4th year of engineering school.

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