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The 2022 Springfield interns meet with Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch. Photo courtesy of Illinois House of Representatives.
Two young men in graduation regalia smile toward camera
Isaac Ludington, second from right, 2021 Barb Brown Intern, and Jarrett Jones, right, former Institute student worker, are pictured during SIU's spring 2022 commencement.
Two women pose, smiling, in the Illinois Capitol dome.
Mallory Harrity, right, and Crystal Kendzior, both 2022 Gene Callahan Interns, pose inside the top of the Illinois Capitol dome. Capitol interns and staff sign their names on the walls inside the dome.
A group of students wearing 'Vote' T-shirts pose smiling
The Paul Simon Public Policy Institue Student Ambassadors, our registered student organization, pose at an 2020 event on the SIU Carbondale campus.
Two women greet two men in the Illinois Capitol
From left: 2022 Latino Heritage Intern Chelsey Varela and 2022 Alexander Lane Intern Ajara Yakoubou greet SIU Carbondale Chancellor Austin Lane and SIU Carbondale Associate Chancellor of Enrollment Management Wendell Williams at the Illinois Capitol.

We are now accepting applications for our spring 2023 Barb Brown Internship and Latino Heritage Internship. Apply Now.

The Institute is committed to providing professional development opportunities for students through internships, fellowships, student jobs, and the Institute Ambassador Registered Student Organization (RSO).

Opportunities may have different deadlines and requirements. If you have any questions regarding these student opportunities, contact


The Institute provides the opportunity for two fully funded fellowships for graduate students interested in a career in government, public policy, or public service. Learn more


Paid student worker positions with the Institute are posted on the SIU Student Employment website as they’re available. We employ students throughout the year to serve as clerical assistants in our office.


The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Ambassador Registered Student Organization advances the Institute's work across the Southern Illinois University campus. Learn more about joining the ambassadors by emailing