The Illinois Legislative Intern Staff Intern Program Looking For Paid Interns

The Illinois Legislative Intern Staff Intern Program has been in existence since 1961, providing the Illinois General Assembly with professional staff. While the interns learn about the legislative process and policymaking, the Illinois General Assembly has a pool of potential employees at the ready. To continue this tradition of providing an experiential opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in the legislative arena, we need your assistance in getting the word out. This program is open to applicants from all majors and from colleges and universities within and outside of Illinois. Applicants must complete their undergraduate degree prior to the start of the internship. Most of our applicants are seniors but applicants may also be post-graduate, looking to change careers or get back into the work force. This is a full-time paid internship. Great for students that want a gap year before pursuing law school or graduate school! It is also a great opportunity for someone that has completed their degree undergraduate or graduate and is looking for some “hands on” experience working in the policymaking arena. You may also have some students that are still trying to figure out what they are going to do with their degree. This is a great opportunity to build some skills and figure out what you like and what you don’t. It is a 10 month commitment from September 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 with a pay of $3,300 per month.

We have concluded our normal interview process but still have Republican internships to fill. Applicants are encouraged to complete their online application before June 1, 2023. We will be forwarding applications as they are completed with the hope of having all positions no later than June 15, 2023.

For more information, check out the ILSIP website:

You will find several webinars located at the bottom of the page. Please feel free to view and share.

On behalf of the Illinois General Assembly, I am asking for your assistance in getting the word out about the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program, particularly to your Republican colleagues.

1)   Please share this Paid Legislative Internship with any of your staff or others that would be interested in getting the word out. Encourage them to share these internship opportunity with any interested parties or potential candidates through email, social media or whatever way works best. The blog post and SJR article both include means to share through email, Facebook, and Twitter or direct them to the ILSIP website –

2)   Most of all, share this Paid Legislative Internship opportunity with your organization. You are welcome to play the more current webinars in meetings or to simply share them as links in an email or social media post whatever suits you best.

3)   Reach out to faculty in the Political Science and International/Global Studies related departments and encourage them to reach out to students. Candidates tell us that when faculty encourage them to apply they do. Make sure institutions in your area are represented in our applicant pool. Interviews are with the legislative staff guaranteeing the face of your colleges or universities in the selection process.

If you have any questions or concerns about this paid legislative internship, please contact me directly.

We hope to see one or more of your students apply!

Kindest regards,

Barbara Van Dyke-Brown 

Program Manager, Legislative and Graduate Internships


Center for State Policy and Leadership

University of Illinois at Springfield

Brookens Library, Room 475C

One University Plaza, MS BRK 475

Springfield, IL  62703-5407

(217) 206-6579

FAX (217) 206-7508

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