Graduate Public Service Interns
University of Illinois Springfield
March 15, 2014
- Located at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), the Graduate Public Service Internship Program is ranked as one of Illinois' premier governmental internship programs and is open to students from all academic backgrounds. For over 39 years, GPSI has provided student interns with the opportunity to simultaneously begin a professional career in government while earning a master's degree from the University of Illinois Springfield.
- Internship placements are with state and local agencies for 21 months. The weekly work schedule for the first year is 20 hours a week from August 16 - May 15 with a monthly stipend of $1,175. From May 16 - August 15, interns work a full time schedule and the monthly stipend is $2,350. The second year of the internship begins on August 16 and interns work 20 hours a week through May 15 when the internship ends. Interns are eligible to receive up to a 40 credit hour graduate tuition waiver during their 21 month internship. Annually, interns receive $250 each fall and spring semester toward their mandatory student fees. Finally, interns annually receive $300 for their professional development.
- As a GPSI intern, you will have the opportunity for a professional experience that is compatible with your academic background, graduate program, and skills. Historically, GPSI interns have done challenging work in the areas of economic forecasting, grant writing, research, writing press releases, preparing television public service announcements, marketing, statewide conference management, newsletter production, environmental research on endangered species, website development, computer programming, database development and management, statewide audits, and public health research. GPSI represents a continuum of opportunities for top-flight interns.
- B.A./B.S. in any major with a cumulative undergrad GPA of 2.5 or better. Preference will be given to those with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
Open to US citizens, permanent resident immigrants, and international students with an F-1 Visa.
For more information and to apply, visit http://gpsi.uis.edu and click on “Prospective Intern” then click on “GPSI Applicant Info & Forms.”
Application and all required documents must be completed and received by 3/15 for a possible first round interview. In addition to completing the UIS graduate school application; you must also apply to the graduate program of your choice and be fully or conditionally admitted into that graduate program of study prior to the annual March 15th application deadline. The annual internship start date is August 16, 2014.
A complete GPSI applicant file includes:
- Full or conditional admission to a graduate program at UIS.
- Completed GPSI application.
- Current resume.
- Personal goal statement (form on our website at http://gpsi.uis.edu).
- Three current references (two from faculty and third from faculty or employer – sent to the GPSI office directly from the letter writer).
- Completed FERPA GPA Release Form if you wish to share your cumulative GPA with prospective GPSI agency supervisors.
PLEASE NOTE: Applying to the GPSI program in no way guarantees an internship placement.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: To be eligible for the GPSI applicant pool, all international students must have an F-1 visa.