Sen. Rezin says that two internship programs are available to individuals interested in working with the Illinois State Legislature and public service.
Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program
The Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program allows participants to work as legislative staff with either the partisan staffs of the Illinois General Assembly or the Legislative Research Unit. Interns receive a stipend of $2,026 per month with student health insurance included and earn 8 graduate credits in political science from the University of Illinois Springfield.
As part of the partisan staffs, interns could expect to provide research and analytical support to committee leaders and members, analyze agency budgets and craft the state budget, handle press and newsletters for assigned legislators, and gain personal access and build relationship with legislators, lobbyists, other state officials and contractors. The partisan staffs – House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans – of the Illinois General Assembly offer a total of twenty internships with each staff offering five internships.
As an intern with the Legislative Research Unit, interns can expect to gain basic knowledge of the legislative process, develop legal research skills, respond to research requests from state legislators, and write official state documents and resources. The Legislative Research Unit offers four internships – three general research internships and one science writing position.
To gain more information and apply, visit http://ilsip.uis.edu.
Graduate Public Service Internship Program
The Graduate Public Service Internship Program provides interns with the opportunity to simultaneously begin a professional career in Illinois government while earning a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield.
For GPSI information including pre-requisite information, please visit the FAQs on the GPSI website at http://gpsi.uis.edu.