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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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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Springfield’s first and only University-led Social Innovation and Business Incubator.

The Center: News

Aug 17, 2021
The University of Illinois Springfield and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (ILBCF) Speaker Series will discuss “Tackling Criminal Justice…
Aug 02, 2021
The following is an excerpt from a column by the University of Illinois Springfield Associate Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration and…
Jul 23, 2021
The UIS Center for Lincoln Studies hosts a conversation on a locally produced Civil War documentary, Our Cause Is Just. It is produced by Zak Luken, a local …
Jun 21, 2021
The following is an excerpt from a column by the University of Illinois Springfield Director of Graduate Public Service Internship Program Sherrie Elzinga.…
Jun 17, 2021
The University of Illinois Springfield Innovation Hub, the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership and the Community Health Roundtable…