Recent Grad Receives Coveted Government Fellowship
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
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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