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Springfield Internship Program

The Springfield Internship Program places qualified students with political interest groups and lobbying firms for the Spring semester which coincides with the Illinois legislative session each year. Interns provide a variety of tasks during their semester in Springfield including legislative and issue research, legislative committee monitoring, lobbying support activities and some general office work.

All interns participate in the lobbying process by attending meetings with legislators. In addition, interns attend some of the client and membership meetings of their organization. Furthermore, interns have attended various governmental and social functions such as the Governor’s State of the State and Budget Addresses, legislative receptions, and fundraisers.

While the organizations that participate in the program vary somewhat from year to year, past interns have worked for the Illinois Education Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and Legislative Research Associates. We are continuing to expand our list of groups and firms that participate in order to offer a variety of experiences.

The program is open to undergraduate political science majors with junior or senior standing and a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement. Interns are paid a monthly stipend of approximately $1000 by the sponsoring interest group. All interns are required to register for internship credit during the course of their internship, which means applicable tuition and fees must be paid. In addition, all interns are required to participate in a pre-internship training session held at the end of Fall semester. Housing and other living arrangements in Springfield are the responsibility of the intern.


  • Complete an application form (PDF)
  • Give the selection committee access to your academic records by filling out a waiver (Word 2010/.docx file)
  • Provide two references with appropriate contact information
  • Submit the above materials to the department by the deadline.


To qualify, students must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate political science major at SIU Carbondale
  • Be of high academic standing
  • Have achieved junior or senior standing

If you have any questions about the program, contact Randy Burnside.