Graduate Public Service Internship Program

The GPSI internship experience…education you can put to work!

If you are interested in a public sector internship experience while earning a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield, then you need to look no further than the Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Located within the Center for State Policy and Leadership, GPSI is ranked as one of Illinois’ premier governmental internship programs. For 45 years this program has provided top-flight graduate students with a high quality graduate education, real world experience, and lifelong networking connections.

Regardless of your academic background, you are eligible to apply. After completing their program requirements, many interns begin professional careers in the public sector at the federal, state or local levels; as well as in the private sector.

If you are looking for an exciting, challenging graduate education, please consider the GPSI program and one of 20 master’s degrees offered at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Current GPSI Brochure (pdf)

Bredina Coale, a GPSI intern with the Illinois Department of Public Health, was honored as the recipient of the 2018 Brian T. Milbrandt Memorial Intern Award for Excellence. The award was presented at the GPSI annual recognition breakfast held on April 11, 2018. Bredina is shown on the right with Paula Jimenez, her internship supervisor. Bredina will hold a dual Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Public Health.