These experiential opportunities provide valuable learning experiences for qualified students.

  • Internships and Prior Learning (IPL)  IPL provides an academically sponsored learning experience that gives all undergraduate students an opportunity to learn from the community.
  • Career Development Center (CDC)  The CDC provides the opportunity to partner with career counselors and develop a comprehensive internship plan throughout a UIS student’s academic experience.  Supplemental services include guidance to create an internship, resume and cover letter critiques, and connections to employers offering internships at the local and national level representing diverse industries. Get started today by visiting the CDC and logging into UIS CareerConnect!

These assistantship, fellowship, and internship programs provide significant funding opportunities in addition to experiential learning.

  • Graduate Assistantships  On-campus assistantships, including research, teaching, pre-professional, and graduate assistantships, offer opportunities to develop and apply skills across a broad spectrum of UIS working 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Graduate Public Service Intern (GPSI) Program  As part of a two-year master’s degree program, interns work 20 hours per week during the regular academic year and full-time during the summer with an agency of Illinois state government.
  • Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program  This program provides insight into the legislative process by providing a total of 24 internships in the capitol building.  It is both the work place and the classroom for five legislative analyst positions with each of the four partisan leadership staffs, three research positions and one science writing position with the Legislative Research Unit.
  • Public Affairs Reporting Program   As part of the Public Affairs Reporting graduate degree program, students serve in an internship during the spring  semester.  Each PAR student works for six months as a full-time reporter for a news organization in the State Capitol, under the direct supervision and mentorship of the outlet’s bureau chief.
  • Whitney M. Young Graduate Fellowship Program  A competitive fellowship for first-generation college students, students from financially disadvantaged background, and students who are ethnic/racial minorities (international students are not eligible to apply).  This program offers students the opportunity to complement their academic studies with research and or service opportunities in public affairs or public policy.