African American Studies

AAS Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I apply?

The internship enables students to combine a work and learning experience for academic credit. It allows students to test as well as argue theories learned in the classroom, and to develop skills fundamental to success in their careers.

How is this program different from other internships?

The Five University Consortium differs from traditional internship programs because it is designed specifically for minority students including African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans (or Pacific Islanders), American Indians, and Alaskan Natives. These groups have traditionally had limited or no exposure to policy-making in executive governmental offices.

How do I qualify?

This internship opportunity is open to upper division undergraduate and graduate students at one of the Five University Consortium schools including:

  • Chicago State University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Governor State University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Western Illinois University

What are the requirements for applying?

The specific requirements which need to be met for students to qualify are:

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate status is required.
  • Undergraduates must be at lest a junior with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75/4.00.
  • Graduates must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25/4.00.

Does it matter what I major in?

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 practices.

How does the selection process work?

Each participating university's faculty committee is responsible for program oversight. The committee and campus chair review applications, then make final selections. The Consortium Director monitors and supervises the selection process, placement and evaluation of all interns.

Is there a stipend?

Yes. Interns will be appointed for one academic term and receive a monthly stipend of $1,000 during the agreed upon length of the internship.

How many hours of work are required?

Interns are required to complete 30 - 35 hours of work per week throughout the duration of the internship. Interns are also expected to attend monthly seminars.

How do I find an internship site?

Internships are arranged by the student with the assistance of their academic advisor and/or the office of Career Services. The MIP office does not locate an internship site for the student.

What type of supervision will I receive?

Supervision is provided by the campus chair in coordination with the site supervisor.

Who do I contact to apply?

Dr. F. Erik Brooks, Chair
African American Studies, Minority Internship Program
1 University Circle - Morgan Hall 232
Macomb, Illinois 61455
Phone: 309/298-1181 Fax: 309/298-2181