About the Internship
The Wolff intern is chosen from a very competitive field of applicants from the University of Illinois, usually 2-3 dozen strong, each year. Applicants come from all fields of study - engineering, agribusiness, journalism, history, political science and others. Each intern plays a key role in determining their successor by preparing the advertising for the position, reviewing application materials, participating in interviews, and consulting with IGPA leadership in making the final choice.
The internship is paid, begins each June and continues through the following academic year. The internship is built around four "modules" that are designed to expose the intern to a variety of activities that occur within a busy public-policy research institute. These modules include general office duties, public engagement logistics and execution, research, and exposure to the public policy conversation in Illinois. There are opportunities for the intern to participate fully in IGPA activities, including events in Chicago, Springfield and/or Washington, DC. The Wolff intern is treated as is any other member of the IGPA staff. We expect that the intern will perform tasks as assigned and complete them within the assigned timeframe; we expect promptness and a professional attitude; and, most importantly, we expect the intern to have a fun and rewarding experience. Our pledge is to do all we can to ensure that is so.
Intern Honor Roll
Wolff interns go on to do great things in their lives and we do our best to keep up with them. Below is the roster of previous interns and their current position. Included in this list are a Rhodes scholar and two former White House interns.
Megan Manoj -- 2018-2019 -- Continuing studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thomas Dowling -- 2017-2018 -- Entrepreneur, co-founder of tech startup TaxProper.com
Samantha Bolet – 2016-2017 -- Cyber Strategy and Governance Consultant, Risk Advisory, KPMG, Chicago
Mitch Dickey – 2015-2016 – Advocacy Coordinator, Illinois Connection, Office of Government Relations, U of I System, Chicago
Ryan Fane – 2014-2015 – Assistant Director for College Events, College Programming and Outreach, University of Chicago
Neha Nigam – 2013-2014 – Attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP, Chicago
Emily Blumenthal – 2012-2013 – Global Strategic Planning Manager, Nike, Chicago
Tim Knudsen – 2011-2012 – Attorney, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago
Laura Miller – 2010-2011 -- Mobilization Director, WhenWeAllVote.org, Washington, DC
Drew Bazil – 2009-2010 – Foreign Service Officer, U.S. State Department
Lally Gartel – 2007-2009 – Attorney, Benesch Law, Chicago
Jacqueline Orozco – 2006-2007 – Anchor/Reporter, WSYX-TV, Columbus, OH
Jon Monteith – 2005-2006 -- Graduate Student, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
About Charles P. Wolff
Charles P. "Chas" Wolff was a 1970 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who dedicated his career to public service. He spent six years as an assistant to Senator Adlai Stevenson III. He also advised Senators Bill Bradley, D-NJ, and Robert Kerry, D-NE, and was an adviser to Vice President Walter Mondale and to Democratic presidential candidate Bruce Babbitt in his campaign for the 1988 Democratic nomination for president.
Wolff also served as Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Commerce and was president and chief operating officer of the Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies in Chicago.
He was elected to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees in 1986 and became its president in 1989. He served as Board president until his death from cancer in 1991.
Source: Chicago Tribune, Nov. 10, 1991
U of I Fund Agreement, Dec. 30, 2003
Photo courtesy University of Illinois Archives &
Champaign News-Gazette, Oct. 26, 1986