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Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI)

Graduate Public Service Internship Program

The GPSI internship experience…education you can put to work!

If you are interested in a public sector internship experience while earning a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield, then you need to look no further than the Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Located within the Center for State Policy and Leadership, GPSI is ranked as one of Illinois’ premier governmental internship programs. For 45 years this program has provided top-flight graduate students with a high quality graduate education, real world experience, and lifelong networking connections. Regardless of your academic background, you are eligible to apply. After completing their program requirements, many interns begin professional careers in the public sector at the federal, state or local levels; as well as in the private sector. As means to help interns integrate academic knowledge and professional work experience, all GPSI interns must complete a one credit hour mandatory GPSI seminar during the first semester in the program.

GPSI interns serve a 21-month paid public sector internship while working on their graduate degree at UIS. Benefits the interns receive include:
  • A tuition waiver worth the amount of credit hours your graduate degree requires
  • An annual $300 allowance for professional development opportunities or resources
  • A monthly stipend of $1,200 a month during the academic year when working 20 hours a week
  • A monthly stipend of $2,400 a month during the summer when working 37.5 hours per week
  • An annual $500 student fee waiver ($250 awarded for each fall and spring semester)

GPSI accepts applicants from all academic programs who have completed either an undergraduate or advanced degree. Applicants who are pursing an undergraduate degree must have been awarded the degree prior to starting the internship. For first round consideration, the GPSI file must be complete by March 15th, 2020. Interviews will be held in April 2020, for internships that commence August 16th, 2020.

Apply online – For full consideration for the GPSI program, you must complete a UIS Graduate Admission Application as well as the GPSI application. To begin your application to a graduate school program, please apply online at:

DEADLINES FOR FILE COMPLETION First round: MARCH 15 | Second Round: MAY 1 Late Round: AUGUST 28

Office of Graduate Intern Programs
Center for State Policy and Leadership
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS BRK 475
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
Telephone: (217) 206-6158
Fax: (217) 206-7508