In addition to having the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience through an internship while earning a high quality, graduate education, your benefits also include:

  • Monthly Stipend: The stipend for August 16 to May 15 is $1,200 per month, and $2,400 per month for May 16 to August 15 while interns work full time.
  • Weekly Schedule: 20 hours per week during the academic year, and agency equivalent of full-time (normally 37.5 hours) during the summer.
  • Tuition Waiver/Credit Hours: You will receive 24 credit hours per academic year, including the summer term. If you are an out-of-state or international student, you will be responsible for the tuition difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition costs.
  • Mandatory Student Fees Allotment: GPSI interns receive $650 each fall and spring semester towards mandatory student fees.
  • Professional Development: $300 each year for the purchase of professional resources to enhance your educational experience (professional conferences, software, professional journals, professional memberships, etc.)
  • Scholarship Opportunities: GPSI interns may apply for scholarships. Please visit the UIS Office of Financial Assistance for scholarship information.
  • Mentoring: You will have the opportunity to benefit from the mentoring relationship that you establish with your internship supervisor.
  • Intern Support: The GPSI office will work closely with you throughout your intern experience.

Zivile Scott posing for picture

“The GPSI program was extremely beneficial for me. It helped me to improve professionally and personally.  I do not see any flaws or need for improvement. It is designed and administered perfectly.  I was able to advance my education, build self-confidence and at the same time gain work experience. There is no better opportunity than GPSI.” Zivile Scott, Supportive Living Program Specialist, Illinois Department of  Healthcare & Family Services