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Summer Technical Program | Winter Technical Program | Cooperative Education Program
Office Occupations Trainee Program | GPSI Program | Michael Curry Internship Program

SUMMER TECHNICAL PROGRAM (May 16-August 31)*

  • Engineering Program- This program is designed to give engineering students an opportunity to obtain on the job training. Only students who have completed a minimum of one year (30 semester hrs, 45 qtr. Hrs credit) of college courses in engineering through completion of four or more years in engineering or related curriculum are eligible.

    • $15.85/hr Downstate

    • $17.00/hr Chicago
       

  • Non-Engineering (Technician Trainee) Program- This program is designed to give non-engineering students an opportunity to obtain on the job training. High school graduates through students who have completed four or more years of college courses in areas other than engineering are eligible to apply.

    • $11.10/hr Downstate

    • $12.00/hr Chicago

    **Applications will only be accepted during the posting period.**

WINTER TECHNICAL PROGRAM (January 1-May 15)*

  • Non-Engineering (Technician Trainee) Program- This program is designed to give non-engineering students an opportunity to obtain on the job training. High school graduates through students who have completed four or more years of college courses in areas other than engineering are eligible to apply.

    • $11.10/hr Downstate

    • $12.00/hr Chicago

    **Applications will only be accepted during the posting period.**

* Traditionally, postings for the summer and winter programs are posted about a month before the program is scheduled to begin.  Please check the vacancy announcements page for the corresponding postings to apply.

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Cooperative Education (CO-OP) Program
In conjunction with colleges and universities, the Department offers a Cooperative Education Program that provides participants with employment during and/or after college education. Through the program, one can receive practical experience with a wide range of transportation responsibilities and practices as one continues professional development and advancement.

As a college student, one must be enrolled in one of the following curriculum at an accredited college or university:

  • Civil Engineering

  • Computer Science

  • Related Majors which must be approved.

In addition, to remain in the program the participant must maintain status as a full time student & have a minimum grade point average of a “C”. A Grade Report must be returned into the Personnel Office at the completion of each semester. Performance will be rated at the end of each semester and summer work period.

Positions available within the Department are Engineering Technician I (ET I) or Management Technician I (MT I) only.  Applicants need to apply using PM 1080 form.

The participant must work at least 18 hours per week in mutually agreeable blocks of time during normal office hours. Hours worked outside normal hours must be approved and in accordance with the needs of the Department.

Work will be assigned in accordance with the needs of the Department while giving consideration to the participants’ development.

Upon graduation the Department may elect to offer employment to the participant. However, participation in the program does not guarantee permanent placement. If employed, the participant is not required to commit to any specific length of service with the Department after graduation.

Tuition reimbursement is not permitted under this program.

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A participant’s failure to meet academic or work related requirements of the program is cause for termination.

Office Occupations Trainee (OOT) Program
The program is designed to recruit and train high school students enrolled in their senior year of high school. Students perform various clerical duties, including typing, filing and operation of various business machines. The student must be enrolled in office training classes and maintain satisfactory performance in their job duties and academic work. Normally, the Office Occupations Trainee Program begins in June and terminates 30 days after the student’s graduation.

The starting salary for OOTs in Cook County is $9.00/hr and for downstate is $8.00/hr.

The process for hiring OOT’s begins with the high school counselors giving students a questionnaire to fill out. The counselor then goes through the questionnaires to ensure that the students have the qualifications and credits to participate in the program. After the counselor has reviewed questionnaire, it is given to IDOT’s Personnel Office and interviews are scheduled accordingly.

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GPSI (Graduate Public Service Internship) Program
This program is a 21 month internship through the University of Illinois at Springfield. The actual process of hiring these individuals is conducted by the University.

Students simultaneously work towards a professional career while earning a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Located within the Center for State Policy and Leadership, GPSI is ranked as one of Illinois' premier governmental internship programs. For over 30 years this program has provided top-flight graduate students with a high quality graduate education, real world experience, and lifelong connections.

Regardless of your academic background, you are eligible to apply. After completing program requirements, many interns continue working in state government, while others gain employment at other levels of government or pursue opportunities in the business sector.

Students participate in the GPSI program and one of 20 master's degrees offered at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

For more information and/or application, please visit the University’s website: http://cspl.uis.edu/GraduateInternPrograms/GraduatePublicServiceInternshipProgram/

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Michael Curry Internship Program
This 10 week program is scheduled to start on June 1. Applications are submitted to the Office of the Governor for review then distributed to the participating agencies based on the agency’s requests for students.

The Michael Curry Summer Internship Program offers college juniors, seniors and graduate students in all disciplines (including law) an opportunity to work in one of the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor full-time during the summer. Positions are available in Springfield and Chicago.

For more information: http://www.illinois.gov/gov/intopportunities.cfm#curry

 

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