The Governor's Office offers great opportunities to experience firsthand the inner workings of state government. The Office offers a variety of programs for college students, recent graduates, and graduate students. Below you can find out what opportunities are available as well as information on how to apply.
Each application can be downloaded and filled out on a computer. Please e-mail completed applications, transcripts and letters of recommendation to the e-mail address provided on the application.
The Governor's Office James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship
The Dunn Fellowship Program provides bright, highly motivated college graduates a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of state government for one year.
Dunn Fellows are recruited from public and private colleges and universities throughout the nation. Qualified applicants must have completed a bachelor's or higher graduate degree in the 18 months prior to the program's commencement and must have demonstrated a commitment to excellence through academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities and community/public service involvement. The program begins on the first weekday in August and ends on July 31st of the following year.
The Dunn Fellowship is an opportunity for recent graduates to obtain hands-on experience in state government, while obtaining tools for their future careers.
Dunn Fellows are paid $35,000 annually and receive full state benefits.
Positions in the current 2021-2022 class of Dunn Fellows include:
- Communications (Chicago)
- Boards and Commissions (Springfield)
- General Counsel (Chicago)
- Policy (Chicago)
- Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs (Springfield)
- Legislative Affairs (Springfield)
- Deputy Governor Sol Flores (Chicago)
- Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz (Chicago)
- Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell (Chicago)
- Governor's Office of Management and Budget (Springfield)
- Office of Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton (Chicago)
Senior Advisor on Cannabis to the Governor (Chicago)
External Affairs (Chicago)
The cities above indicate where each fellow will be based out of.
2021-2022 Dunn Fellowship Application
Michael Curry Summer Internship Program
The Michael Curry Summer Internship Program offers college juniors, seniors, and graduate students in all disciplines (including law) an opportunity to work in one of the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Governor on a full-time basis for ten (10) weeks during the summer. Positions are available in both Springfield and Chicago.
- Eligible applicants must be Illinois residents who have not previously participated in the Curry Internship Program.
- Curry interns will receive a stipend of $1,800 per month.
- The application is now available online; all applications must be submitted before April 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
Applicants are asked to choose their top three (3) preferred placements from the following agencies:
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Department of Central Management
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Illinois Department of Employment Security
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois State Fire Marshal
The application process for the 2021 Michael Curry Summer Internship Program is done completely online. The following documents must be submitted to
Gov.CurryInternship@illinois.gov for your application to be considered:
- Completed application—click link below for application form
- Official or unofficial college transcript
- Personal statement (500 words or fewer)
- Policy essay (750 words or fewer)
A resume or CV may be provided as a supplement in addition to the above documents.
See application for complete submission instructions:
EXTENDED: Summer 2021 Curry Internship Application
Office of Equity and Inclusion
The internship program within the Office of Equity and Inclusion internship program provides bright, highly motivated undergraduate students and recent high school graduates an opportunity to experience the operations of state government firsthand, specifically to advance diversity equity and inclusion.
The Office for Equity and Inclusion works to ensure that the State of Illinois is a model for creating a sustainable and impactful diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) infrastructure for the state in collaboration with state agencies, leaders, stakeholders and communities. Interns will provide administrative support and insight to on-going DEI projects that influence state-wide diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Interns will also have opportunities to collaborate on and lead special DEI projects and initiatives within the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
- Eligible applicants must be Illinois residents
- This internship is part-time and unpaid. Academic credit may be available dependent on each institution’s criteria.
- Internships are available for spring, summer, and fall terms. The application for summer 2021 must be submitted before May 28, 2021
- We ask interns to complete 15 weeks for semester internships and 10 weeks for summer. Internship start and end dates are flexible.
- The internship is remote for the 2021-22 cycle
- Please submit a cover letter/letter of interest, resume and preferred start and end dates to Jersey-Shabazz Hosier: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Currently working towards a college/university degree, recent high school or college graduate
- Ability to thrive within a fast paced and collaborative work environment
- Self-directed and takes initiative
- Knowledge of and interest in diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice issues
- Strong communication skills—written, oral, interpersonal, and electronic
Governor's Office of Constituent Affairs
The internship program within the Governor's Office of Constituent Affairs (GOCA) provides bright, highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to experience the operations of state government firsthand.
Interns connect constituents to crucial state services, while developing an expertise in state government programs and functions. The GOCA office is also responsible for all correspondence output on behalf of the Governor's Office, including official proclamations and letters from the Governor. Interns work closely with GOCA staff members to ensure constituents and document requestors get the services they need. Interns additionally have the opportunity to work on special projects throughout the Governor's Office.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Internships are available for spring, summer, and fall terms. We ask interns to complete 15 weeks for semester internships and 10 weeks for summer. Internship start and end dates are flexible.
This internship is part-time and unpaid. Academic credit may be available dependent on each institution’s criteria. The internship is in the Governor's Springfield office only.
- Currently working towards a college/university degree or recent college graduate
- Strong reading, writing, and communication skills
- Ability to maintain professional attitude in a high-stress environment
To apply, please fill out our application and send the application along with all requested materials to
The GOCA Internship Application is available here:
GOCA Internship Application