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James H. Dunn Fellowship 2021-2022

The James H. Dunn, Jr. Memorial Fellowship Program provides bright, highly motivated recent college graduates a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the operations of state government for one year.

Dunn Fellows are recruited from public and private colleges and universities across the nation. Qualified applicants must have completed a bachelor's or higher graduate degree in the 18 months prior to the program's commencement and must demonstrate 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.

The Dunn Fellowship is an opportunity for recent graduates to obtain hands-on experience in state government, while obtaining tools for their future careers.

Dunn Fellows are paid $35,000 annually and receive full state benefits.

Positions on the following teams are available for the current 2021-2022 class of Dunn Fellows:
  • Communications (Chicago)
  • Boards and Commissions (Springfield)
  • General Counsel (Chicago)
  • Policy (Chicago)
  • Governor’s Office of Constituent Affairs (Springfield)
  • Legislative Affairs (Springfield)
  • Deputy Governor Sol Flores (Chicago)
  • Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz (Chicago)
  • Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell (Chicago)
  • Governor's Office of Management and Budget (Springfield)
  • Office of Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton (Chicago)
  • Senior Advisor on Cannabis to the Governor (Chicago)
  • External Affairs (Chicago)

The cities above indicate where each fellow will be based out of.

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