About the Office of Graduate Intern Programs

In keeping with the missions of UIS and the Center for State Policy and Leadership, it is the goal of the Office of Graduate Intern Programs to seek experiential learning opportunities at state and local government agencies that enhance the development of ethical, competent, and engaged graduate students. The program fosters the University’s commitment for academic excellence, enriching individual lives, making a difference in the world, and lifelong learning.

For over 45 years, this office has secured public sector experiential internships that afford top flight graduate students with the opportunity integrate the academic classroom with real world learning. Graduate public service interns are involved in developing public policy, development of governmental effectiveness, and mentoring to enhance their leadership potential.

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“This has been an excellent experience, and the range of different tasks that I have been asked to accomplish has been challenging and rewarding. This internship has thoroughly prepared me to excel as I begin my career.”

Brandon Watson, Former GPSI Intern, Illinois Department of Corrections