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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:

GIS Intern


Maintenance and Operations Department


Stickney Water Reclamation Plant

6001 West Pershing Road

Cicero, IL 60804


The Maintenance and Operations Department at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is currently seeking an intern to contribute to the creation, development, and conversion of diverse GIS datasets used within the organization. The intern may participate in various GIS projects, including consolidating contract work histories for the Engineering and Maintenance and Operations Departments. Additionally, they will be involved in tasks such as converting and updating Stickney MUPPS layers to GIS feature classes, extending Stickney MUPPS to outlying facilities, and enhancing reservoir facility and small streams feature classes by incorporating minor drainage systems. 

The intern will engage in comprehensive data analysis, specifically focusing on DCS and maintenance data. The internship aims to foster and refine GIS and data analysis skills through hands-on exposure to real-world data. This includes exploring the opportunities and limitations of such data, enabling the intern to navigate diverse datasets effectively, evaluate their validity, and usefulness of the data.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Familiarity with GIS software, i.e. ArcGIS
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment

Educational Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program majoring in any engineering discipline or GIS.