Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program

Contact Information

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Office Phone: (217) 206-6579
Office Location: BRK 475-C

Celebrating a more than 60-year history and recognized as one of the top legislative internship programs in the country, ILSIP provides graduate level applicants with a professional experience working full-time with the Illinois legislature. Benefits include a monthly stipend of $3,000, starting in September 2023, along with four hours of graduate credit in political science over the course of two semesters. Tuition and fees, including student health insurance, are covered by the program along with any required textbooks for the academic seminar.

The program offers 24 internship opportunities with one of four partisan staffs (House Democratic, House Republican, Senate Democratic, Senate Republican) of the Illinois General Assembly or with the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability. Internships begin on September 1 and continue through June of the following year.

To be eligible, applicants must complete a baccalaureate degree in any academic discipline prior to the start of the internship and demonstrate a high-quality undergraduate academic record. Applications are due March 15 each year.

For materials and further information, contact the Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program.