Graduate Intern Programs

The Office of Graduate Intern Programs, located within the Center for State Policy and Leadership, secures public sector experiential internships that afford top flight graduate students with the opportunity to integrate the academic classroom with real world learning.

During 2016, the GPSI program is celebrating 42 years of public service (1974-2016). If you are a former GPSI intern, we would like to hear from you. Please please contact the director, Rance Carpenter, at


Intern Stories

Claudia Nash

At the annual GPSI recognition breakfast held on April 15, 2015, Claudia Nash, Newborn Screening, Genetics and SIDS Section Manager at the Illinois Department of Public Health, received the the Sagarika Madala Memorial Award for Exemplary Leadership in recognition of her outstanding leadership as a GPSI supervisor and mentor. Claudia is pictured with Nitika Sharma,  Claudia’s GPSI intern, who nominated her for the award.

Kaitlin Hollenbeck

Kaitlin Hollenbeck, a GPSI intern with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, was honored as the recipient of the 2015 Brian T. Milbrandt Memorial Intern Award for Excellence. The award was presented at the GPSI annual recognition breakfast held on April 15, 2015. Kaitlin is shown on the right with Tara Lambert, her internship supervisor. Kaitlin’s degree will be in Environmental Science.