Local Government Opportunities
United States Congress
- Congressman Darin LaHood (R. 18th)
Congressman LaHood of the 18th congressional district has been very generous in offering excellent internship opportunities for our students and welcomes applications.
- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D 17th)
Interns are sought to work in Rep. Cheri Bustos’ offices in Washington, D.C., and across the 17th District. As you know, internships are a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience and gain important work skills. Interns in the offices will assist with casework, research legislation and constituent correspondence, among other tasks. Many of our students have interned with Rep Bustos and have benefited greatly.
Illinois General Assembly
State Senator Dave Keohler (D. 46th)
400 NE Jefferson Suite 200
Peoria, IL 61603
Intern responsibilities vary greatly and range from assisting with administrative and office duties to working with the press, legislative or constituent services staff. Specific tasks might include assisting with phones, researching an issue, drafting a letter, assisting with office operations (e.g., faxing, filing, copying, data entry or mailing), clipping newspapers or attending meeting or events. Interns are given specific areas of responsibility and as broad a range of experiences as possible; they are expected to assist with all office operations as needed.
An intern’s contributions to the office are important. Punctuality, dependability and a willingness to work hard and assist where needed are all important attributes. Strong computer and writing skills are essential for intern positions.
Internships are volunteer (unpaid) work experiences that provide valuable insights into our government and unique public service opportunities. The number of positions is limited, depending on the number of applicants and available space.
Interested students should email the following information to email@example.com:
- Contact information (name, address, permanent address, email and phone)
- Year in school
- Any time constraints (classes, vacations, other outside commitments)
- Previous political/government experience
- Interest letter indicating why you are interested in interning with the office
State Senator Chuck Weaver (R. 37th)
5415 North University Suite 105
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: (309) 693-4921
Fax: (309) 693-4923
State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth (D. 92nd)
300 East War Memorial Suite 303
Peoria, IL 61614
Local Government Agencies
- Peoria County Election Commission
This organization is always looking for college students to intern or serve as election judges. The application for College Student Election Judge is found at http://www.peoriaelections.org/college-student-election-judge-application.
- Peoria County Juvenile Court Services
Peoria County Juvenile Probation has a long history of accepting Bradley student interns. The office does not have an online application, but contact information can be found at http://www.peoriacounty.org/probcourt/juvprob/.
- Peoria Juvenile Detention Center
The Peoria Juvenile Detention Center has long provided useful and meaningful internships for our students. It’s website is http://www.peoriacounty.org/juveniledetention. To apply, go to http://www.peoriacounty.org/download?path=/juveniledetention/Internship+Volunteer+Application.pdf.
- Peoria Police Department
The City of Peoria Police Department has a regular and formalized internship program. A detailed description is available online at http://www.peoriagov.org/content/uploads/2012/11/Internship_Overview.pdf An application form can be found at http://www.peoriagov.org/peoria-police-department/police-items-of-interest/internship_program_application-2/.
- Tazewell County Probation and Court Services
Tazewell County is a progressive county with regard to probation programming. It offers a regular internship program that has been of great benefit to our students. http://www.tazewell.com/Probation/ProbationInternships.html/.
- Tazewell County Deferred Prosecution
The Tazewell County Deferred Prosecution division of the States Attorney’s Office offers an alternative to prosecution for certain individuals deemed to be good risks for rehabilitation and includes intensive supervision of the participants. Bradley Student interns have been accepted in the past. For more information, go to http://www.tazewell.com/DeferredProsecution/DeferredProsecution.html.