June 2, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Recent graduate Christine Gibbs of Glen Ellyn, Ill., has been admitted into the prestigious James H. Dunn Memorial Fellowship Program in Illinois government. Gibbs, a political science and international studies double major, will be a full-time employee of the Illinois state government for the next year.
“The Dunn Fellowship aims to train college graduates to become better leaders in state government some day,” said Gibbs. As the “federal liaison,” Gibbs will be helping to represent the interests of the state of Illinois at the federal level. Her position is the only one of approximately 19 Dunn Fellowships awarded each year to take place in Washington, D.C.
Past recipients of the Dunn Fellowship hail from some of the top universities in the country, said Illinois Wesleyan University Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science James Simeone. “The Dunn Fellowship, particularly the Washington, D.C. position, is a very competitive and very coveted prize for students of political science,” he said.
Gibbs traveled to Springfield earlier this spring to conduct her interview. She will begin her fellowship in August, and work with a number of different departments. “I’ll be involved with a lot of different issues, which really excites me,” said Gibbs.
For Gibbs, this fellowship marks a promising new turn in her experience with government. She has volunteered previously with State Rep. Sandra Pihos [R-42nd District].
“A lot of my experiences have been working with local government, so I’m kind of excited to see how it plays out differently at the federal level,” said Gibbs. “I will learn how different policies affect Illinois, and voice the concerns of Illinois government on those issues.”
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