Legislative Staff Internships with Partisan Staffs
Twenty intern positions are awarded annually and equally distributed with the four partisan staffs of the Illinois General Assembly (House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and Senate Republicans). The partisan staffs are directed by the legislative leaders and serve their respective members within the House or Senate.
After training, interns perform the same duties as regular staff members. Those duties include analyzing bills prior to committee and floor action, analyzing budget requests from state agencies prior to committee and floor action, researching issues, drafting bills, handling press and member services and generally providing staff support for the legislative leader and members of their selected caucus.
Applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees in all fields are encouraged to apply. The most important qualifications are critical thinking and clear writing skills. Previous governmental or political experience is a plus, but not necessary.
Research Internships with the Legislative Research Unit
Three general research intern positions are awarded with the Illinois Legislative Research Unit (ILRU). The ILRU is a bipartisan research agency of the Illinois General Assembly, and it researches a wide variety of questions on public issues for legislators. Interns receive basic instruction on the legislative process, and then work independently and with LRU staff to answer research requests. Research results are presented in memorandums to the legislative requestor, general research reports and a variety of LRU publications provided to legislators and other policy makers.
Applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees in all fields are encouraged to apply. Graduates in fields such as English, economics, political science and business are especially sought. The most important qualifications are critical thinking and clear writing skills. Previous governmental or political experience is a plus, but not necessary.
Science Writing Internship with the Legislative Research Unit
One science writing internship is awarded annually with the ILRU. The ideal candidate for this internship is a student of the natural sciences with an interest in public policy who wants to improve his or her ability to write for nonscientific readers. As with the other ILRU interns, the science writing intern will receive basic instruction in the legislative process and then work on their own and with LRU staff to answer research requests. In addition to memos and general research reports, the LRU often publishes articles on scientific topics in its legislative newsletter, First Reading.
Applicants from all scientific and professional disciplines are encouraged to apply. In addition to having a scientific background, applicants for this position need critical thinking and clear writing skills. Previous governmental or political experience is not necessary.
Internship Opportunities with Illinois State Government
Graduate and Undergraduate Internships in Illinois State Government
State government has become the central arena for policy development and political activity in the United States in recent decades. As one of the largest and most important states in the country, Illinois state government is a particularly exciting place to work. Through the internship opportunities presented here, young men and women can experience state government first-hand by working with the people and the issues that will shape public policy in Illinois both now and in the future.
Illinois is unique in the range of internships that are available to college students. Whether you are interested in a summer placement, a full-time internship or in combining a graduate degree with a public affairs internship, these programs have something special to offer and frequently lead to jobs in or related to state government. There is no better way to make a decision about a career in public affairs than through one or more of these internship experiences.
One Summer Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the application for summer jobs is open now through May 16th. One Summer Chicago will offer 22,000 youth employment opportunities – 2,000 more than last year, and the application can be accessed at www.onesummerchicago.org.
Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSP)
For over 50 years, the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP) has provided 24 unique internships for keenly interested, deeply motivated and talented individuals to work within state government. With the capitol as both workplace and classroom, TLSIP interns earn eight (8) graduate credits in political science from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).
All application materials are due in the lLSIP office by March I, 2014. Final selections/placements are announced late March to mid-April. lnternships begin August 16, 2014. For more information, interested students may call the UIS Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies at 217-206-6579 or visit the ILSIP website at http://ilsip.uis.edu.
For additional information, interested students may call the UlS Office of Graduate Intern Programs at 217-206-6158 or visit the GPSI website at http://gpsi.uis.edu.