Civic engagement means “working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes” (Ehrlich p. vi.) “It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interact with the institutions of representative democracy.” (American Psychological Association).
Civic Engagement Opportunities
James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship
The Dunn Fellowship Program provides bright, highly motivated graduates a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the operations of state government for one year. Qualified applicants must hold at least a bachelor's degree at the program's commencement and must have demonstrated a commitment to excellence through academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities and community public service involvement. The program begins on the first weekday in August and ends on July 31st of the following year. Fellows spend one week of August receiving an orientation to state government and then return to their home office to work under the direction of their supervisor.
Positions for the 2017 - 2018 class of Dunn Fellows include Legislative Affairs, Office of Management & Budget, Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Communications, Federal Affairs, Policy (Economic Development, Healthcare & Human Services, Public Safety, Education, etc.), General Counsel and Government Transformation and Metrics. A majority of Fellows will be based in Springfield, IL with limited placements in Chicago and Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2017, at midnight (11:59am CST).
If you would like to apply, please follow the link to fill out the application online. If you have any questions, please use the contact information listed below:
Dunn Fellow for Transformation & Metrics
Office of Governor Bruce Rauner, State of Illinois
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