BOLINGBROOK, IL — Illinois State Representative Dee Avelar wants young residents in her district to be interested and engaged in state government and wants to provide meaningful opportunities for those who want to learn more about how it works.

Avelar, the Democrat who represents Bolingbrook in the statehouse, announced on Thursday that she is offering up a pair of internships to young residents of the 85th district to get involved in state government.

Summer internships are open to anyone with an interest in state government or social work, Avelar said in a news release. Her office is offering one general internship, which includes conducting district research and constituent casework, the release said.

The outreach internship involves assisting with district canvassing, creating an office outreach plan, and assisting with office events. For more information and to apply, interested applicants may visit

“It’s always the right time to start pursuing a path in public service,” Avelar said in the release. “I am constantly inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of our community, and I hope that community members choose to share these attributes with my office.”

Avelar will also be offering a Youth Advisory Council for high school students interested in government. Students will have the opportunity to learn from Avelar and other elected officials, participate in mock debates, present their own bill ideas, and more, the release said.

Students will receive community service hours for their participation. For more information and to apply, applicants may visit

“My office is always open to people from all backgrounds who are interested in state government and making a difference in our community,” Avelar said. “Summer internships and my Youth Advisory Council are two ways for us to work together to build a stronger state and community.


via Bolingbrook Patch

March 17, 2022 at 12:31PM