*** Please note: The Washington D.C. Summer Internship Program is currently on hold ***
The College of Education participates in the Illinois State University Washington D.C. Summer Internship Program. In the spring of 2011, Illinois State University established a student internship program in Washington D.C. to enhance the educational experiences of select ISU students by providing them with the opportunity to work in Washington D.C. for an entire semester or summer. The College of Education recognizes the relevance of Washington D.C.-based professional associations and governmental agencies on the field of education in relation to policies, laws, accreditation, and practice.
For this reason, The College of Education supports a maximum of one student per Department/School to join the 2016 cohort of Illinois State University students. Selected students will receive a $5000 scholarship from the College of Education for this internship (combined College and Department match). A portion of the funds will be used to pay for lodging in the D.C. apartments with other interns from Illinois State; if there is a remainder that can be used for your additional expenses during the summer such as food or tuition.
Internships could be with federal agencies or professional organizations associated with students’ fields of study. Just a few examples are listed here: the American Educational Research Association, the National Education Association, the American Association of Colleges for Teaching Education, the College Board, the American Association for Higher Education, the American Association of School Administrators, the American Council on Education, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Disability Rights Network, and the American Federation of Teachers. Students who are selected for the program initiate contacts to secure their internships. College faculty and staff will provide guidance and suggestions to secure an internship.
During their internship, students will have the opportunity to witness the challenges and rewards of public service, advocacy, national policymaking, and politics as it relates to education. Students who complete this internship can use it as a springboard to start a career with professional organizations or government agencies, while others will start teaching or administrative careers where they can use their leadership experience to inform and support their schools or universities.
One Voice is a non‐partisan coalition created by the Bloomington‐Normal Economic Development
Council (EDC). It is a pro‐community campaign that brings together leaders from the City of
Bloomington, the Town of Normal, McLean County, surrounding rural communities, labor, local
educational institutions and local private businesses in support of specific economic development
projects and issues in McLean County. The goal of the campaign is to make McLean County a stronger
economic force and a better place to live. Each spring, the One Voice Task Force travels to Washington,
D.C. to meet with our congressional delegation. More information about One Voice.