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The Department of Political Science Barbara Brown Internship Program Spring 2022 Program Announcement

The Department of Political Science is accepting applications for the Spring 2022 Barbara Brown Springfield Internship located in Springfield, IL. Interns will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects involved in lobbying, politics and public policymaking; apply skills they have learned in their classes; and interact with and learn from experts in the public and private sector. 

The internship is named in honor of Dr. Barbara Leavitt Brown, a three-degree graduate of SIU, she taught in the department of political science and to international students through a summer program funded by the U.S. State Department. She later served as Clerk of the Courts in Randolph County, Illinois. Dr. Brown was a co-founder of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, vice chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, co-founder of Southwestern Illinois Democratic Women, founder of Southern Illinois Democratic Women, and former chairwoman of the Randolph County Democratic Central Committee. She attended and was a nine-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a two-time candidate for Illinois Fifty-Eighth State Senate District, and served notable roles in the campaigns of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.


Interns will be placed in Springfield, IL. The selected intern(s) will be undergraduate students who are currently enrolled full-time in political science at least two years of undergraduate education completed.  Students must also have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. All applicants must also be U.S. citizens or hold a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. (i.e., have a U.S. “green card”) to be eligible for the internship program.


Interns will be placed in Springfield, IL. The selected intern(s) will be required to relocate to the internship location for the duration of the internship period. Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.


The intern(s) shall receive a $1000 monthly stipend provided by the organization hosting the intern(s). All interns are expected to work a 40-hour work week.

Available positions

The number of internships available will be determined by the number of organizations seeking internships for the spring semester. Typically, the number ranges from 3 to 6 internships per internship period. (January to mid-May).

Position Requirements and Required Skills:

  • Interest in public policy, lobbying, and intergovernmental relations
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Proficiency in conducting research and analyzing findings
  • Proficiency in using social media platforms, preferred

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a resume, letter of interest, short writing sample (no more than 5 pages), and a minimum of two professional references to Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Assistant Director Shannon Schroeder at shannon.schroeder@siu.edu or contact her at 618-453-4078 for more information.  

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Give the selection committee access to your academic records by filling out a waiver: (Word 2010/.docx file)

Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Internships

SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute also offers several internship options that may interest Political Science students. Please browse the following links to explore these opportunities: