The goal of the Graduate Public Service Internship Program is to provide graduate students with valuable experience in the public sector while they complete their graduate degree through the University of Illinois at Springfield. The experience they gain will help them become competitive in the natural resources job market.
To learn more about the specific goals of the GPSI program please refer to University of Illinois-Springfield website.
The GPSI program is a 21-month internship experience. The IL DNR has partnered with the University of Illinois at Springfield to give currently enrolled graduate students the opportunity to receive professional experience and hands-on training in their internship.
Each internship opportunity is unique at IL DNR. Prospective interns are chosen to interview with different offices within the agency and can select the opportunity that is best suited to their interests.
In addition to the valuable experience interns obtain, the GPSI program covers the cost of full-time graduate enrollment tuition at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Interns work 20 hours/week during the school year to accommodate their full-time school schedule and 40 hours/week during the summer months. Interns receive stipends through UIS and professional development funds to expand their scope of learning.
What GPSI's Do
Since there are many unique internship opportunities at IL DNR, job duties may vary between departments. However, interns can expect to:
- Aid the public and private sectors in natural areas preservation, endangered species protection, and rare resource stewardship
- Become familiar with Illinois' natural resources, law, policies, and procedures
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Network with resource professionals and organizations within and outside of state government
- Gain experience in communicating effectively with the public
- Understand the relationship between science, public policy, and agency programs
Current and Former GPSI Interns
Interested in becoming a GPSI intern? Find out what our current and former interns are doing!