Graduate Public Service Internship Program

Located within the Center for State Policy and Leadership, the Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) is ranked as one of Illinois’ premier governmental internship programs. For over 40 years this program has provided graduate students with an opportunity for experiential learning through a public sector internship while completing a master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program is open to students from all academic backgrounds, including those who have already earned an advanced degree.

The program is comprised of a 21-month public sector internship for full-time UIS graduate students. During the academic year (August 16 - May 15) the internship obligation is 20 hours per week for a stipend of $1,175 per month and during the intervening summer term (May 16 - August 15) the internship obligation is the full-time equivalent for a stipend of $2,350 per month. Additional benefits include nine credit hours of graduate tuition waiver for the fall and spring terms, an optional four-hour graduate tuition waiver for the summer term, $300 per fiscal year for professional development activities, and a $250 student fee waiver for the fall and spring semesters.

GPSI is a competitive internship program; therefore, completing the application process does not guarantee an internship. For first-round interview consideration, the deadline for file completion is March 15. “File completion” means that the application, resume, educational goal statement, three reference letters, and notice of graduate admission are on file in the GPSI office. An optional component to the GPSI file completion process is submission of a signed FERPA GPA Release Form for applicants who wish to share their cumulative GPA with prospective internship supervisors. Internships begin August 16. Applicants are strongly encouraged to initiate the application process at least two months prior to the GPSI application deadline of March 15.

For additional information, including complete application instructions, and to complete the online application, visit the GPSI website at http://www.uis.edu/graduateinternprograms/gpsi/.  You may also contact the Office of Graduate Intern Programs by telephone at (217) 206-6158, by email at GPSImail@uis.edu, or visit the office in BRK 475.