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: For the fall and spring terms of both your first and second year as a GPSI intern, you receive up to a 10 credit hour graduate tuition waiver. For the summer term between your first and second year of graduate school you receive up to a 4 credit hour graduate tuition waiver (optional). If you are an out-of-state student, the tuition difference between out-of-state and in-state is waived.
  • 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.

“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