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About Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program

The Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program (ILSIP) is funded by the Illinois General Assembly and provides interns with an opportunity to work alongside legislative leaders in the Illinois state government. Interns work as full-time legislative staffers in the Illinois General Assembly or Illinois Legislative Research Unit. The program seeks to provide participants with an understanding of the legislative process that they can apply to their future careers in academia, business, or government.

ILSIP places 20 interns in legislative staff internships, 3 interns in general research positions within the Legislative Research Unit, and 1 intern in a science writing position within the Legislative Research Unit. Legislative staff interns hold positions with the House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, or Senate Republicans. Among their duties are analyzing bills, analyzing budget requests, drafting bills, and researching, to name a few. Interns working for the Legislative Research Unit focus on researching public issues and drafting memorandums on their findings. ILSIP interns also participate in a graduate-level seminar focused on the legislature.


Applicants must have received their undergraduate degrees. Mid-career applicants are welcome. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Candidates should have strong analytical, communication, computer, and math skills. Open to non-US citizens.

Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program

Barbara Van Dyke-Brown
Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program
Dir. Legislative Internships & Advocacy Prgs
1 University Plaza, MS PAC 451
Springfield, IL 62703-5407
Phone: 217.206.6579


Number of Interns: 21 to 50; 24
Compensation/Benefits: Stipend; Stipend - $2,026; Benefits: Health Care. Perks: 8 Graduate Credits; Gym Membership; Meals
Duration: 6 to 12 months; 10.5 months
Academic Level: Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Springfield, IL