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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 hold a bachelor's degree at 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 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.

Visit the Applying for the James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship page to learn more about applying.

Positions in the current 2017-2018 class of Dunn Fellows include:

  • Communications
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Office of Management & Budget
  • Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs
  • General Counsel 
  • Government Transformation and Metrics
  • Federal Affairs
  • Governor's Office of Constituent Affairs (GOCA)
  • Policy:  Economic Development and Innovation
  • Policy:  Education
  • Policy:  Health, Human Services, and Public Safety

A majority of Fellows will be based in Springfield with limited placements in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. CST

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 Governor on a full-time basis for ten weeks over the summer. Positions are available in 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.

Instructions for applying can be found here. The application can be accessed here. All applications must be submitted via email to before February 29, 2016 at midnight (12:00am CST).

Applicants are asked to choose their top 3 preferred placements from the following agencies:

  • Department of Insurance (Chicago)
  • Illinois Finance Authority (Chicago)
  • Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (Chicago & Springfield)
  • Department of Natural Resources (Springfield)
  • Pollution Control Board (Springfield)
  • Board of Higher Education
  • Lottery
  • Toll Highway Authority (Chicago area)
  • Department of Juvenile Justice (Chicago & Springfield)
  • Department of Corrections (Springfield)

Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs

The Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs offers internship and fellowship programs to students and recent college graduates, giving them the opportunity to explore their own unique interests within state government. Program participants will connect constituents to crucial state services and promote civic engagement across Illinois while developing an expertise of state government programs and functions. GOCA fellowships and internships are based in the Springfield office.

The GOCA Fellowship Application is not yet available. If you are interested in applying for a GOCA Fellowship, please send a statement of interest and your contact information to Please indicate "GOCA Fellowship Interest" as the subject line of your email. A representative from the Governor’s Office will contact all interested applicants when the application becomes available.

The GOCA Internship Application is available here:

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