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Industrial Waste Analytical Lab Intern

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


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  • You must be proficient in Microsoft Office, detail-oriented, have good communication skills, follow instructions, and be studying a STEM field related to environmental science, biology, or chemistry.
  • You will operate analyzers, prepare samples/reagents, learn safety protocols, assess data quality, and gain valuable experience working in a fast-paced environmental lab.

Off-cycle Internship

Science, Sustainability•Chicago


  • The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is seeking an intern to serve in the Monitoring and Research Department. The laboratory is responsible for analytical analysis of Total Organic Carbon; Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Total Suspended Solids; Fats, Oil and Grease; Cyanide and Phenol for plant operation and industrial users. 


  • Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Attention to detail
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Can work a minimum of eight weeks
  • Educational Requirements:
  • Possess a background in one of the STEM fields
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program majoring in environmental science, biology, or chemistry.
  • 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.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • The intern duties will include learning:
  • to operate a Skalar Segmented Flow Analyzer to generate total cyanide and phenol data,
  • use an Ion Chromatograph Analyzer to analyze Hexachrome,
  • learn all safety protocols used in a laboratory environment,
  • proper preparation of reagents as well as samples,
  • learn how to operate the Laboratory Information Management System.
  • During the program, the intern will work closely with the laboratory staff to learn daily workflows and prioritize assignments for maximum productivity. The intern will also learn to critically assess data for reproducibility and quality. In addition, the intern will obtain his/her Demonstration of Capability certification in their assigned analysis, showing their ability to proficiently analyze samples for said analysis.
  • By the completion of the internship, the intern will have gained valuable experience working in a fast pace, high production environmental laboratory.


Work type

Full time

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