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The Minority Internship Program

The program is a one semester paid internship. Interns must work between 30-35 hours per week and attend monthly seminars. The full-time interns are appointed for a minimum of one academic term and are paid a monthly stipend of $1000. Those who are eligible include:

  • Full time undergraduate and graduate students
  • Undergraduates must be at least a junior with 75 hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduates must have a minimum 3.25 GPA or better.


        1. Write a 3-5 page, double spaced, typed essay and submit with the completed application. The essay should discuss your overall goals for the internship and comment on:
      • Skills and talents that you have developed in volunteer, academic, or work settings, and wish to continue to develop during the internship.
      • Areas of expertise you hope to develop.
      • Ways in which an internship experience will enhance your academic program.
      • Plans for future personal, academic, and professional development.
    1. Ask three people to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. At least two of the people should be individuals who can evaluate your academic work.
    2. Arrange to have most recent college and/or university transcripts submitted directly from the Registrar’s Office.
    3. Submit an updated copy of your resume.

Send Recommendation Letters and Transcripts to:

Eastern Illinois University
Minority Affairs Office
600 E Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920

Applications should be completed and submitted online.

Students are required to be enrolled full-time at the time of application and to be legally domiciled in the United States or its territories. Undergraduates must be at least juniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale and 75 cumulative hours. Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.25 or better in their graduate course work. Candidates must also possess strong writing and research skills. Students from all disciplines who are interested in pursuing public service careers or policy-making positions are encouraged to apply. It is also helpful for applicants to have completed appropriate course work to provide some understanding of legislative, administrative, and organizational theories and practice.

Minority Internship Program Applications are accepted at the beginning of every semester. Call the Minority Affairs Office to find out the exact deadline 581-6690.

Interns will be appointed for one academic term. A monthly stipend of $1,000.00 will be paid to each intern for the duration of the internship.