If you are looking for an opportunity to gain real world experience while pursuing your degree, then the Legal Studies Department at the University of Illinois Springfield may be the right fit for you. The Legal Studies Department takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law as a social phenomenon. The Legal Studies curriculum coupled with an internship can provide qualified students an opportunity to gain governmental, legal, and public policy experience through practical application.
Undergraduate Student Opportunities
The University of Illinois Springfield offers undergraduate students the opportunity to test-drive their career choices and make valuable connections through an Applied Study Term. Applied Study Terms give students the opportunity to gain experience through an internship while gaining college credit. Click here for more information on the Applied Study Term.
Graduate Student Opportunities
The University of Illinois Springfield offers several internship and assistantship opportunities in the Springfield, Illinois area for qualified graduate students, including: the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program, the Graduate Public Service Intern Program, the Graduate Assistantship Program, and the Whitney M. Young Graduate Fellowship Program. The Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program provides students with the opportunity to gain deep insight into the legislative process by serving as interns on the state’s legislative partisan staffs and with the Illinois Legislative Research Unit. The Graduate Public Service Internship Program offers students the opportunity to gain professional career experience in Illinois government by serving as interns in Illinois State Government Agencies. The University of Illinois Springfield’s Graduate Assistantship Program offers four types of assistantships, including: Graduate Assistantships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, and Pre-professional Graduate Assistantships. The Whitney M. Young Graduate Fellowship Program at the University of Illinois Springfield offers fellowships to first generation college students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and racial minorities.