Thursday, February 20, 2014

State government internship opportunities

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Dear Mary Ellen,
I wanted to inform you of several exciting paid internship opportunities available for college graduates. I can personally speak to the benefits and quality of two of these programs: the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern program and the Dunn Fellowship.
Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program
Each year, the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP) provides 24 unique internships for keenly interested, deeply motivated and talented individuals to work within state government. With the capitol as both workplace and classroom, ILSIP interns earn eight (8) graduate credits in political studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

ILSIP interns work full time for 10.5 months for a monthly stipend of $2,026, along with a tuition waiver for eight graduate credit hours and the option for student health insurance paid as a benefit of the program. The program accepts applicants from all academic backgrounds who have completed either and undergraduate or advanced degree. Applicants who are pursuing an undergraduate degree must have been awarded the degree prior to starting the internship.

All application materials must be postmarked or date stamped by March 1, 2014. Final selections/placements are announced in May. Internships begin August 16, 2014.

For more information please visit or contact: Barbara Van Dyke-Brown, Director Legislative Internships and Advocacy Programs, University of Illinois at Springfield (217) 206-6579. Online applications can be accessed here.

Dunn Fellowship and Marzullo Internship
The James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship Program and Vito Marzullo Internship Program are governmental initiatives that strive to meet the public sector's future need for competent administrators. The Dunn Fellowship and Marzullo Internship serve as public sector management training programs that provide an opportunity for college graduates to supplement their education with experience in such areas as policy analysis and program administration.
Applications can be accessed here.
Dunn Fellows and Marzullo interns will be placed in the Office of the Governor and agencies under the Governor's jurisdiction and work from August 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015 for compensation of $2,611 per month. The programs accepts applicants from all academic majors who will be located primarily in Springfield, IL with limited placement in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC.
All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2014, interviews will take place during March and April 2014, with notifications taking place in April and May 2014.
Send completed applications to:
Cory Foster, Central Management Services Program Manager 503 William G. Stratton Office Building, Springfield, IL 62706 217/524-1381 | FAX: 217/558-4497

Graduate Public Service Internship Program
If you are interested in simultaneously beginning a professional career while earning a master's degree from the University of Illinois Springfield, then consider the Graduate Public Service Internship Program at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Located within the Center for State Policy and Leadership, GPSI is ranked as one of Illinois' premier governmental internship programs. For 40 years this program has provided top-flight graduate students with a high quality graduate education, real world experience, and lifelong connections.

Regardless of your academic background, you are eligible to apply. GPSI is a competitive application process with successful applicants having the opportunity for a long-term (up to 21 months) placement with outstanding benefits.

After completing program requirements, many interns continue working in state government, while others gain employment at other levels of government or pursue opportunities in the business sector.

Please select here to download the current GPSI brochure.

The deadline for GPSI file completion to be eligible for first round interviews will be at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 15, 2014 and for second round interviews will be at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted via e-mail by the GPSI office.
Please ensure that eligible applicants have access to this information so that they might take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to see state government at work.

State Representative Elgie Sims

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