MWRD's Internship Program offers both paid and unpaid 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 $13.00 per hour. They do not receive benefits or paid days off.

Unpaid Interns

Unpaid interns do not have time restrictions, which provide opportunities to gain additional experience or time to work on a long-range project.

Note:  Both paid and unpaid internships may fulfill the requirements for academic credit.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship or DACA.

  • Permanent residency in Cook County (students may attend school outside the county limit).

  • Enrollment in a degree-seeking program in an accredited college or university.

  • Referral from a school or organization’s Internship Coordinator or class instructor.

  • Cover letter and resume along with a referral.

Current Internship Opportunities:

  • There are no current opportunities as this time. 


Candidates may submit cover letters, resumes and referrals to the MWRD’s Internship Coordinator at:

Questions regarding the internship program may be directed to Karen Brown 312-751-6637.

Please note: For full-time employment opportunities, please refer to the Careers page on this website.