The Center for State Policy and Leadership promotes evidence-based policy and practice in the public sector.

This Center’s mission is carried out through research that informs public decisions and understanding; internships, training programs, and applied problem solving that strengthens public leadership; and journalism that educates and engages citizens in public affairs. The Center:

  • Researches, evaluates, and helps form effective public policy,
  • Educates citizens on public affairs issues, and
  • Provides leadership and professional development programs.

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Vision 2021 and Beyond

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Illinois Innocence Project 

University of Illinois Springfield students are helping to free the wrongfully convicted by interning and volunteering at the Illinois Innocence Project on campus.

Graduate Public Service Internship 

The Office of Graduate Intern Programs seeks experiential learning opportunities at state and local government agencies for UIS graduate students.

The Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) is ranked as one of the Illinois’ premier governmental internship programs.

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The Center: News

Mar 28, 2022
The University of Illinois Springfield Child Protection Training Academy, part of the UIS Alliance for Experiential Problem-Based Learning, has been awarded $…
Mar 17, 2022
Barbara Van Dyke-Brown, director, Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program at UIS discusses this unique and highly successful program that educates students…
Mar 11, 2022
The UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership and the Community Health Roundtable hosted, “A Long and Winding Road: How COVID-19 Has Evolved and…
Feb 18, 2022
The University of Illinois Springfield Center for State Policy and Leadership and the Community Health Roundtable will host a virtual webinar titled…
Feb 16, 2022
The University of Illinois Springfield and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF) Speaker Series will discuss “Creating an Equitable and…