Internships, Scholarships, and Educator Grants

The Illinois EPA has two internship programs and funds a scholarship for students, as well as providing a grant for educators.

  • The Governor's Environmental Corps is a 9-week summer internship program for students with a background in biological sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, engineering, business, communications, environmental education and law, who are looking for a unique and comprehensive summer internship experience.
  • The Pollution Prevention and Energy Efficiency Internship Program involves an initial training program in Springfield, followed by a 12-week summer session working as a temporary full-time employee at the sponsoring facility. Students typically have backgrounds in engineering, environmental management, or chemistry.
  • The IEPA/ILMA Scholarship Program, supported by the Illinois Lake Management Association with a matching grant from the Illinois EPA, provides scholarship grants for coursework or research involving Midwest lake ecosystems management.
  • The Lake Education Assistance Program provides funding for lake and lake watershed related educational field trips, seminars/workshops, projects, and activities. Projects and activities must have stated goals and involve the enhanced lake/lake watershed education of teachers, students, organizations and/or the community.