Treatment Plant Engineer Intern

O'Brien WRP

Recruitment #24-20001026-605


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.
  • 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 Engineer Intern


Maintenance and Operations


O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant

3500 West Howard Street

Skokie, IL 60076


The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is seeking an intern to serve in the Maintenance and Operations Department. The intern will:

  • assist with planning and design of minor plant improvement projects, 
  • analyze plant data for use in process control, 
  • learn contract administration,
  •  and working with operations staff to understand the MWRD's role in treating wastewater and protecting our water environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with AutoCAD, GIS, and spreadsheet software
  • Familiarity with design plans desired, but not required
  • Can commit to the daily commute to the Skokie location

Educational Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a degree seeking program at an accredited school.
  • Civil, chemical, or environmental engineering major.