Internships

ILSIP InternsLegislative Staff Internships with Partisan Staffs

Twenty intern positions are awarded annually and equally distributed with the four partisan staffs of the Illinois General Assembly (House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and Senate Republicans). The partisan staffs are directed by the legislative leaders and serve their respective members within the House or Senate.

After training, interns perform the same duties as regular staff members. Those duties include analyzing bills prior to committee and floor action, analyzing budget requests from state agencies prior to committee and floor action, researching issues, drafting bills, handling press and member services and generally providing staff support for the legislative leader and members of their selected caucus.

Applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees in all fields are encouraged to apply. The most important qualifications are critical thinking and clear writing skills. Previous governmental or political experience is a plus, but not necessary.

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Research Internships with the Legislative Research Unit

Three general research intern positions are awarded with the Legislative Research Unit (LRU). The LRU is a bipartisan research agency of the Illinois General Assembly, and it researches a wide variety of questions on public issues for legislators. Interns receive basic instruction on the legislative process, and then work independently and with LRU staff to answer research requests. Research results are presented in memorandums to the legislative requestor, general research reports and a variety of LRU publications provided to legislators and other policy makers.

Applicants with undergraduate or graduate degrees in all fields are encouraged to apply. Graduates in fields such as English, economics, political science and business are especially sought. The most important qualifications are critical thinking and clear writing skills. Previous governmental or political experience is a plus, but not necessary.

Science Writing Internship with the Legislative Research Unit

One science writing internship is awarded annually with the LRU. The ideal candidate for this internship is a student of the natural sciences with an interest in public policy who wants to improve his or her ability to write for nonscientific readers. As with the other LRU interns, the science writing intern will receive basic instruction in the legislative process and then work on their own and with LRU staff to answer research requests. In addition to memos and general research reports, the LRU often publishes articles on scientific topics in its legislative newsletter, First Reading.

Applicants from all scientific and professional disciplines are encouraged to apply. In addition to having a scientific background, applicants for this position need critical thinking and clear writing skills. Previous governmental or political experience is not necessary.