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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.

Positions in the current 2018-2019 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.

2018-2019 Dunn Fellowship Application
APPLICATIONS DUE 1/15/2018 @ 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 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 February 18, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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

    • Dept. on Aging
    • Dept. of Agriculture
    • Dept. of Employment Security
    • Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation
    • Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services
    • Dept. of Human Rights
    • Dept. of Human Services
    • Dept. of Insurance
    • Dept. of Revenue
    • Dept. of Transportation
    • IL Educational Labor Relations Board
    • IL Emergency Management Agency
    • IL Finance Authority
    • IL Racing Board
    • IL State Fire Marshal
    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.

    The application process for the 2018 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 2018 Curry Internship Application
    APPLICATIONS DUE 2/18/2018 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

    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 Internship Application is available here:

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