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Public Service Graduate Internship Award

Providing graduate students with a public service opportunity during a period of crisis.

The PSGIA was conceived as a one-time, emergency measure to help graduate students during the summer of 2020 and a global pandemic. The program has been discontinued; however, this page remains as an inspiration and testament to our coming together at a difficult time.

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The Graduate College at the University of Illinois has created a new award in order to fund graduate students who are suddenly unfunded for the summer due to the global pandemic.

Inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and its public work projects as well as by the university’s own mission, the Graduate College has created the Public Service Graduate Internship Award (PSGIA). This summer experience allows UIC graduate students to serve in the interest of the public good while obtaining valuable “hands-on” experience, albeit virtually. For their public service, recipients will receive virtual experience in academic, administrative, and student service units at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a monetary award.

Faculty and students are the public face of the city’s premier public research university–the PSGIA will take them behind the scenes. Students will build or strengthen skills translatable to their chosen academic or non-academic career path.

Unlike the Provost’s Graduate Internship Award, which incentivizes graduate students to find external opportunities that might lead to employment following graduation, this new initiative provides graduate students with a paid summer appointment and the university’s units will benefit from a different perspective, another set of hands–at no cost to them.

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DEADLINE: 5 p.m., May 13, 2020 (EXTENDED)