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 as well as 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 your personal 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.
Fellows spend up to one week of August receiving an orientation to state government including tours, policy discussions, a panel of program alumni and a brown bag lunch with senior staff among other activities. After the orientation period, fellows return to their home office to work under the direction of their supervisor.
Dunn Fellows are paid $31,332 annually and receive full state benefits.
Positions in the current 2018-2019 class of Dunn Fellows include:
- Executive Appointments
- Federal Affairs
- General Counsel
- Government Transformation & Metrics
- Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs (GOCA)
- Legislative Affairs
- Office of Management Budget (GOMB)
- Policy: Economic Development
- Policy: Education Policy: Health, Human Services, and Public Safety
- Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs
A majority of Fellows will be based in Springfield with limited placements in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
2019-2020 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 $1,346 per month.
- The application is now available online; all applications must be submitted before March 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
Deadline Extended to March 29, 2019
Applicants are asked to choose their top three (3) preferred placements from the following agencies:
NOTE: There is no guarantee that, if chosen for a Curry Internship, you will be awarded one of your top three choices; however, your preferences do play a role in the decision-making process.
- Board of Higher Education
- Capitol Development Board
- Central Management Systems
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Employment Security
- Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
- Department of Healthcare and Family Services
- Department of Human Rights
- Department of Innovation & Technology
- Department of Insurance
- Department of Revenue
- Illinois Gaming Board
The application process for the 2019 Michael Curry Summer Internship Program is done completely online. The following documents are required 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, see application for further instructions)
- Policy essay (750 words or fewer, see application for further topic instructions)
A resume or CV may be provided as a supplement in addition to the above documents.
See application for complete submission instructions:
Summer 2019 Curry Internship Application
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