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 $40,000 annually and receive full state benefits.
Positions in the current 2022-2023 class of Dunn Fellows include:
- Communications (Chicago)
- General Counsel (Chicago)
- Policy (Chicago)
- Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs (Springfield)
- Legislative Affairs (Springfield)
- Deputy Governor Sol Flores (Chicago)
- Deputy Governor Martin Torres (Chicago)
- Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell (Chicago)
- Deputy Governor Andy Manar (Springfield)
- Governor's Office of Management and Budget (Springfield)
- Office of Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton (Chicago)
- Boards and Commissions (Springfield)
- External Affairs (Chicago)
The cities above indicate where each fellow will be based out of.
2022-2023 Dunn Fellowship Application Closed
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
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 $2,250 per month.
- The application deadline has been extended; all applications must be submitted before April 29, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
Applicants are asked to choose their top three (3) preferred placements from the following agencies:
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
- Capitol Development Board
- Illinois Department of Agriculture
- Illinois Department of Central Management Services
- Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
- Illinois Department of Employment Security
- Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
- Illinois Department of Human Rights
- Illinois Department of Human Services
- Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology
- Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
- Illinois Department of Labor
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- Illinois Department of Revenue
- Illinois Department of Transportation
- Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
- Illinois State Police
The application process for the 2022 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:
APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED
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
Office of Equity Careers
With the establishment of the Office of Equity, we are continually expanding our team to support the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) needs across the state. Those who apply must meet the qualifications listed below.
The internship program within the Office of Equity provides bright, highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to experience the operations of state government firsthand, specifically to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Office for Equity 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.
Please note the following:
- Internship is part-time and unpaid. Academic credit may be available dependent on each institution's criteria
- Interns work no more than 10 hours a week
- Internships are available for spring, summer, and fall terms. The application for summer 2022 must be submitted before April 30th , 2022
- We ask interns to complete 15 weeks for semester internships and 10 weeks for summer
- Internship start and end dates are flexible
- Internship can be remote for the 2022-23 cycle
- Applicants must be Illinois residents
- Currently working towards a college/university degree, recent 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
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