Illinois Legislative Staff Interns
University of Illinois Springfield
March 1, 2014
- As the focal point of policy development and political activity, Illinois state government has become an exciting arena for people to experience state government first-hand by working as an Illinois Legislative Staff Intern with the legislative leaders who will shape public policy in Illinois for the next decade. For over 50 years, the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP) has provided 24 unique internship experiences 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 graduate credits in political science from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).
Funded by the Illinois General Assembly through the Legislative Research Unit and administered by UIS, ILSIP grew out of a desire to provide individuals with diverse experience and backgrounds insight into the legislative process. The program offers interns a ten and one half month (10.5), full-time position as a professional legislative staff member working with either the Illinois General Assembly or Legislative Research Unit. Interns also participate in an academic seminar conducted by UIS faculty. Interns receive a $2,026 monthly stipend, paid health insurance, tuition, and textbook allowance for the academic seminar. The deadline for application is March 1 of each year.
The ILSIP experience is intended to broaden the perspective of those planning academic, business or government careers so that they will carry into their chosen fields an understanding of the legislative process and how it relates to their work. In addition to providing interns exposure to the legislative process, the program provides legislative leaders with research and other professional staff assistance. After training, interns perform the same duties as regular staff members.
- Analyze bills prior to committee and floor action.
- Analyze budget requests from state agencies prior to committee and floor action.
- Research issues.
- Draft bills.
- Handle press and member services.
- Provide staff work for the legislative leader and members of the party caucus which selects them.
- B.A/B.S. in any major with a preferred cumulative undergrad GPA of 2.50 or better for partisan positions, and a required cumulative 3.00 GPA or better for legislative research unit positions.
- Critical thinking skills.
- Clear writing ability.
- Previous governmental or political experience is a plus, but not necessary.
$2,026 monthly stipend, paid health insurance, tuition, and textbook allowance.
For more information and to apply, visit http://ilsip.uis.edu.
A complete ILSIP applicant file includes:
- Completed ILSIP application.
- Current resume.
- Required essays (see website at http://ilsip.uis.edu for specific criteria).
- Three current references (two from faculty and third from faculty or employer).
- Submit all official college transcripts to ILSIP department.
Applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees in all fields are encouraged to apply. For additional information, please contact the Office of Graduate Intern Programs by email at email@example.com; phone: 217.206.6579.
Application must be completed and received annually by March 1, 2014 for an August 16, 2014 internship start date. Visit our website at http://ilsip.uis.edu.