Barb Brown Internship

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The Barb Brown Internship program provides a paid student internship for a political science student at SIU. The intern works in the field of public policy, public service, or government. The internship takes place in Springfield, Illinois and internship placement is determined by the student's interest.


Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in political science are eligible to apply. Applicants must have at least junior status (56 hours of courses completed). Students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA.


The Barb Brown Internship requires students to live in Springfield, Illinois during the spring semester. Brown Interns will be chosen by a selection committee. A monthly stipend is provided by the internship placement organization for living expenses, transportation costs, and other necessities during the internship. Interns are required to enroll in an internship course during the spring semester and are expected to work on average 20 hours a week. 

Application Process

  • Internship applications open February 1st
  • Complete the internship application by May 31st
  • Submit resume
  • Submit two letters of recommendation

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Barb BrownAbout Barb Brown

The internship is named in honor of Dr. Barbara Leavitt Brown, a three-degree graduate of SIU who taught in the department of political science and taught international students through a summer program funded by the U.S. State Department. She later served as Clerk of the Courts in Randolph County, Illinois. Dr. Brown was a co-founder of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, co-founder of Southwestern Illinois Democratic Women, and former chairwoman of the Randolph County Democratic Central Committee. She attended and was a nine-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention, a two-time candidate for Illinois' 58th State Senate District, and served notable roles in the campaigns of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.