Internships Opportunities


Senator Dick Durbin (D – IL)  - Scholarship

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D – IL)

Rep. Bobby Rush (D - 1st District)

Rep. Robin Kelly (D - 2nd District)

Rep. Marie Newman (D - 3rd District)

Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia (D - 4th District)

Rep. Mike Quigley (D - 5th District)

Rep. Sean Casten (D – 6th District)

Rep. Danny Davis (D – 7th District)

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D - 8th District)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D - 9th District)

Rep. Brad Schneider (D – 10th District)

Rep. Bill Foster (D – 11th District)

Rep. Mike Bost (R – 12th District)

Rep. Rodney Davis (R – 13th District)

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D – 14th District)

Rep. Mary Miller (R – 15th District)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R – 16th District)

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D – 17th District)

Rep. Darrin LaHood (D – 18th District)

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF Congressional Internship Program) and

Also, for permanent positions (and internships in other Congressional offices) see:

U.S. Senate Placement Office


U.S. House of Representatives Vacancy Announcement and Placement Office

Political Party Organizations


Democratic National Committee

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee


Republican National Committee
National Republican Congressional Committee

National Republican Senatorial Committee


U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

White House Internship Program

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – Includes Chicago-Based internships.

Government Accountability Office (GAO) – Includes Chicago-Based internships.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights


Foreign Consulates and Trade Missions in Chicago:

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Council on Foreign Relations

World Chicago

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

CAIR – Chicago (Council on American-Islamic Relations)

National Council on U.S. Arab Relations 

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

American Friends Service Committee

World Relief


Economic Development, Equity and Social Service Providers

Citizens Action of Illinois
Research on exploitation of pay day loans

Metropolitan Planning Council
Dedicated to a more equitable, sustainable Chicago.  Has programs in Housing, Accountable Government, Environmental justice, and Economic development.  Offers paid and unpaid Research Assistant positions and internships.

Heartland Alliance
Heartland Alliance is one of the premier non-governmental social service providers in the City of Chicago.  The work in areas of housing, poverty alleviation, immigration, economic development and health care.  You can find out more about their work at:

Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)

Schriver Center on Poverty Law 
Thinktank and advocacy group focused on poverty and economic and racial justice.

Immigration and Refugee Issues

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Latinos Progresando
Social and Legal Service provider and cultural organization based in Little Village.

National Immigrant Justice Program
Part of Heartland Alliance.  Provides legal services to refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers.

Refugee One  
Works with the US State Department Refugee Admissions program to resettle refugees in the Chicago area.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
Provides legal services to unaccompanied minors and separated children facing deportation.


International Labor Organization (ILO—US):

SEIU – Service Employees International Union

Gender and LGBTQ Issues

Lamda Legal

Human Rights Campaign-Chicago

Apna Ghar (South Asian Women’s Shelter and Legal Aid)


Chicago Bar Foundation

Chicago Community Trust

MacArthur Foundation

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Pritzker Foundation


State of IL judicial internships

Will County Public Defender’s Office

Cook County Public Defender's Office

Cook County State's Attorney Office

Dupage County Public Defender’s Office

Dupage County Probation and Court Services

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Uptown People’s Law Center

Public Interest Law Initiative

Law Offices of James E. Fabbrini

Harrison Held, LLP

Arnstein and Lehr, LLP

Firms associated with Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneur’s Project:

Chokshi Filippone Law, LLC


Governor Pritzker’s Office 

Illinois State Government Fellowship and Internship programs

Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (Paid program for recent grads)

Serve Illinois/Americorps Illinois – Volunteerism and Community Service

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

State of IL judicial internships

Will County Public Defender’s Office

Will County Auditor

City of Chicago/Mayor’s Office

City of Chicago

This second link contains a number of listings for the City of Chicago, including:
-Chicago Fire Department 
-Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA)
-Cultural Affairs and Special Events
-The Mayor’s Office
-Office of the City Treasurer
-Office of the Inspector General
-Small Business Development
-Public Health

Cook County/President Preckwinkle

Cook County Public Defender’s Office

Cook County State’s Attorney

Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Chicago/Cook County Workforce Partnership

Dupage County Probation and Court Services

Dupage County Public Defender’s Office

Dupage County Health Department

Dupage County Community Services Department

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