The Latino Heritage Internship

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Latino Heritage Internship Recipient Chelsey Varela with staff at the Illinois State Capital

The Latino Heritage Internship program provides a paid student internship for a minority SIU student of Latinx heritage. The intern works in the field of public policy, public service, or government. The internship placement is determined by the student's interests and can be anywhere in the state.


Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic backgrounds are eligible to apply. Applicants must have at least junior status (56 hours of courses completed). Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. A preference is given to a student of Latinx heritage.


The Latino Heritage Intern has the opportunity for internship placement anywhere in Illinois during the spring semester. Latino Heritage Interns will be chosen by a selection committee. The Institute provides students with a stipend 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

Apply now!