Agency Information

For 44 years the University of Illinois Springfield has partnered with state and local government agencies as well as some non-profit agencies to provide highly qualified, highly motivated graduate students for internships at these agencies. GPSI has a strong track record of placing exceptional students in governmental agencies. Since 1974, GPSI has placed nearly 3,000 graduate students in over 45 state agencies and organizations.

For FY19, the cost to secure an intern will be $23,252.10 for the first year which covers the tuition waiver, monthly stipend, professional development allotment, and administrative costs.  For participation in the program, the expectation is that the internship supervisor will serve as both mentor and internship supervisor to the intern.

The GPSI program provides a 21 month internship experience with up to a maximum of forty (40) credit hours of tuition waiver. The GPSI office prepares a university/agency contract and invoices the agency two times during the fiscal year. New interns for FY19 will begin their internships on August 16, 2018.

Potential internship supervisors conduct their own interviews arranged by the GPSI office and make all determinations on internship offers. Internship supervisors are under no obligation to make an offer.

GPSI interns are highly motivated graduate students with experience in professional proficiencies.  Core competencies include environmental studies, public health, business administration, accounting, management information systems, computer science, public administration, legal studies, and communication.


At the annual GPSI recognition breakfast held on April 11, 2018, Lori Sorenson, Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, received the the Sagarika Madala Memorial Award for Exemplary Leadership in recognition of her outstanding leadership as a GPSI supervisor and mentor. Lori is pictured with Judy Zhu, Lori’s GPSI intern, who nominated her for the award, and Sherrie Elzinga, Director of the GPSI program.