Internship Opportunities

James H. Dunn Jr. Memorial Fellowship

Program Overview
The James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship Program provides bright, highly motivated recent college graduates a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of state government for one year.
Dunn Fellows are recruited from public and private colleges and universities across the nation. Qualified applicants must have completed a bachelor's or higher graduate degree in the 18 months prior to the program's commencement and must demonstrate a commitment to excellence through academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and community/public service involvement. The program begins on the first weekday in August and ends on July 31st of the following year.
Fellows spend one week of August receiving an orientation to state government including tours, policy discussions, a panel of program alumni, and a brown bag lunch with senior staff, among other activities. After the orientation period, fellows return to their home office to work under the direction of their supervisor.
Dunn Fellows are paid $31,332 annually and receive full state benefits.
Positions in the current 2017-2018 class of Dunn Fellows include:
 Communications
 Federal Affairs
 General Counsel
 Government Transformation & Metrics
 Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs
 Legislative Affairs
 Office of Management & Budget
 Policy: Economic Development & Innovation
 Policy: Education
 Policy: Health, Human Services, & Public Safety
 Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs
A majority of Fellows will be based in Springfield, with limited placements in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Dunn Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the timeline for the program?
A: The program is a yearlong position that goes from August 1st to July 31st. The first week as a Dunn Fellow will consist of an orientation and on-boarding session which includes the completion of official employment and benefit documents. As the summer progresses, you will be contacted to confirm this information.
Q: What employment benefits do Dunn Fellows enjoy?
A:  All Dunn Fellows receive an annual salary of $31,332 ($2,611/month). They receive full state benefits for the duration of their employment including health insurance, deferred compensation, etc. Although the Dunn Fellows work within the Governor’s Office, the program is administered and paid by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services.
Q: What is the work schedule for the Dunn Fellows?
A: The Dunn Fellow position is a fulltime position. Fellows are expected to work to work five days a week, beginning at 8:30am and concluding the work day at 5:00pm (1 hour lunch). The normal week of a Dunn Fellow is a 37.5-hour work week. Extenuating circumstances (legislative session, media tours, etc.), may require work during late nights and weekends. Fellows are given compensatory time off in return for additional hours worked. If they have not used their overtime hours by the end of the program, they will be paid for the accrued time.
Q: Is the Governor’s office responsible for arranging housing and travel for the Dunn Fellows?
A: No, the arrangement of housing and travel to the location of the Dunn Fellow’s posting is the responsibility of that Dunn Fellow. When a provisional offer is extended, please feel free to reach out to the current class of Dunn Fellows for advice on how to move forward.
Q: Who else is in my class of Dunn Fellows?
A: Once the selection and prequalification process is completed, an official announcement will be made. The Governor’s office will be able to provide names and contact information for the rest of your class.
Q:  What kind of career development options are there?
A: The Dunn Fellowship has alumni throughout the state in a wide range of professional capacities. The Governor’s office is currently in the process of reaching out to the vast and accomplished alumni network to directly involve them in the Fellow program as mentors, speakers or instructors.
Q: Do the Dunn Fellows automatically receive a job once their term is completed?
A: Further employment in the Governor’s Office or State Government after the completion of the program is not guaranteed.

Q: If I have any questions regarding the Dunn Fellow Program who should I contact?
A: Chicago/DC - Courtney Geary (, 312-814-2570), Springfield – Denise Albert ( , 217-782-1101).

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