Graduate Public Service Internship Program

The GPSI Office is currently unavailable to meet with walk-in visitors. To meet with a member of the GPSI team, please email to schedule an appointment.

In 2020, GPSI celebrated our outstanding interns and supervisors virtually. The annual recognition ceremony for graduating interns was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the GPSI office still received and reviewed numerous nomination forms for the Sagarika Madala Award for Exemplary Leadership and the Brian T. Milbrandt Memorial Award for Academic and Professional Excellence. Congratulations and thank you to all of our award nominees and our two winners!


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 over 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)

Milbrandt Award Winner Megan Cox
2019 Brian T. Milbrandt Memorial Intern Award winner Megan Cox with her GPSI supervisor John Baranzelli

Megan Cox, a GPSI intern with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, was honored as the recipient of the 2019 Brian T. Milbrandt Memorial Intern Award for Excellence. The award was presented at the GPSI annual recognition breakfast held on April 3, 2019. Megan is shown on the left with John Baranzelli, her internship supervisor.