Application Requirements

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A completed application includes:

  • IILSIP Application FY2019 (PDF);
  • current resume;
  • Essay: short biographical sketch/personal statement (1 -2 pages) highlighting how your interests, experience, and background would benefit you in your role as an ILSIP intern; state policy (2 – 5 pages) discussing one issue facing Illinois government and suggested policy changes relevant to the issue; experience/interest (1 page) describing your interest, experience, or background in government related activity; and short paragraph on how you learned about the program;
  • official transcripts from each college and university attended; and
  • three letters of recommendation along with ILSIP Letters of Recommendation FY2019 (PDF).

To access the ILSIP Application FY2019 (PDF) and the ILSIP Letters of Recommendation FY2019 (PDF), please click on the highlighted text. When complete, please forward your application, resume, essay, and writing sample (if applying for an internship with the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability) to the address listed below. Official transcripts or letters of reference with your signed Reference Request Form should be directed from the college/university or reference to the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program address below.

If you have any difficulty with the online application, please contact:

Barbara Van Dyke-Brown

Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS PAC 451
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Phone: (217) 206-6579

Fax: (217) 206-7397



Application Deadline and Process:

All application materials are due by March 1 (extended to March 15, 2019). However, applications will be processed for consideration until the positions are filled. After an initial screening of applications, selected applicants will be invited to interview with legislative staff. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for April 23 – 26 at the Capitol Building in Springfield. The deliberations of the selection committee are confidential and final. All applications become the property of the University of Illinois Springfield.


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