How to Apply

How do I apply?
  • Fill out an application form and write the required essay.
  • Request letters of recommendation from two people who know you personally or professionally. At least one reference should be from an individual who can evaluate your academic work. Submit your application, essay, and letters of reference to your college/school dean. The dean will forward the application packet to the appropriate office for processing.
  • After an initial screening process, the best qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified. Every effort will be made to arrange interviews at times convenient to applicants.
  • Applicants must be available for a personal interview.

Where can I obtain application materials?

Application material for the legislative staff internships can be obtained at the following office:

Legislative Staff Internship Program
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Southern Illinois University
Stone Center
1400 Douglas Drive
Mail Code 6801
Carbondale, IL 62901

Applications for internships with the state agencies can be obtained at the following offices:

Internship Program
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Mail Code 4429
Carbondale, IL 62901

Internship Program
Career Development Center
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Founders Hall 3126
Campus Box 1620
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1620

An application form is available online here.