Communications and Research Intern

Recruitment #24-20001026-007


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:

Communications and Research Intern


Board of Commissioners Office


Main Office Building

100 East Erie Street

Chicago, IL 60611


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is seeking an intern to serve in the Board of Commissioner's Offices. Seeking an energetic, hard-working, civic-minded individual to assist in a Commissioner's in managing office activities and legislative priorities. This position includes a combination of project coordination, public outreach and communication, marketing, social media coordination, and administrative tasks.

As part of the internship, the intern can lead a research-based project. Commissioner Spyropoulos's team will be a partner in creating, facilitating, supporting, and providing resources for you to research and learn aligned with MWRD's and the office's mission & goals.


  • Aid in coordinating and planning prescribed plans and events
  • Policy and legislative research & providing updates
  • Assist in leading events
  • Represent Commissioner at various events
  • Able to support in-person events in Cook County
  • Compose various correspondence, reports and other documents
  • Community outreach includes contacting public officials and drafting communications
  • Track completion of assignments 
  • Support office administrative duties.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Passion for sustainability and/or government, civic-based work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication through experience sending professional emails and verbal phone communication
  • Environmental policy and/or activism knowledge in Chicago and/or Illinois
  • Proficiency with Google applications, Microsoft Office, and web technology
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively
  • A positive, welcoming attitude and comfortable working with diverse groups
  • Project coordination and marketing/communications experience preferred and not required

Educational Requirements:

Currently enrolled degree seeking college student at an accredited university. Open to all majors.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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