Governor's Environmental Corps

Program Summary

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) is sponsoring the 24th annual Governor’s Environmental Corps (GEC) summer internship program, which will continue to be privately funded by Illinois corporations. Students with backgrounds in biological sciences, physical sciences, chemistry, engineering, business, communications, environmental education and law, who are looking for a unique and comprehensive summer internship experience are encouraged to apply.  Most of the positions are technical or scientific; no environmental policy positions are available at the intern level. 

The purpose of the GEC program is to promote environmental awareness and education and provide comprehensive knowledge of issues and careers in the environmental field.

Approximately 20 participants will work in specific areas of the Illinois EPA such as: Air Pollution Control, Land Pollution Control, Water Pollution Control, Public Water Supplies, Division of Laboratories, Division of Legal Counsel or outreach and assistance programs.

Internships are full time (Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) from June 1 - July 31, 2015.  Salary is $1,645 per month.  Positions are available in the Springfield Headquarters and Regional Office Locations (Champaign, Collinsville, Des Plaines, Marion, Peoria, and Rockford).

For students primarily in the Springfield area, additional training and field trips will be available, including tours of landfills, wastewater or drinking water treatment plants, and industrial facilities.  Students in Illinois EPA's regional offices will spend the majority of their normal working hours in the field visiting many of these same types of facilities. 

Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must have completed their sophomore year of college prior to the start of the summer internship program and must be currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program.  Students who previously participated in the GEC program are not eligible to apply.  Please note:  Students who are not attending an Illinois college or university must have Illinois residency.

The deadline to submit your application, transcript and reference form was March 6, 2015; applications are no longer being accepted for 2015.  Interested parties should check back in February 2016 for the 2016 program. 

Applicants must: be permanent Illinois residents or attend an Illinois college or university; possess a valid driver's license; and provide transportation to and from work as well as off-site meeting locations.

Applicants must be able to attend a face-to-face interview in late March or early April if selected from the applicant pool.  Interviews will be necessary to make it to the final round of consideration.  Interns will start work on Monday, June 1, 2015, and must work the full nine weeks (with the exception of July 4th).  Extended vacations should be scheduled before and after the dates of the internship.

How to Apply

Interested parties should check back in February 2016 for the 2016 program. 

For more information, call (217) 524-3038 and leave a message.