Learn the public policy issues facing Florida and become involved in the legislative process by interning in the offices of local, state and federal elected officials.
USF Public Policy Internship Programs
Legislative Internship Program (LIP)
LIP students work 9 hours per week in the offices of federal, state and local legislators or think-tank/policy agencies.
These groups are actively involved in Tampa Bay’s economic development, transportation, environmental protection, education, health, social welfare and/or public finance. The LIP seminar discusses internship experiences, issues facing Tampa Bay and policy initiatives created to solve them.
Each student will be carefully matched with an elected official or organization according to their interests to provide a meaningful learning experience. The students selected to participate in LIP will be awarded a $300 USF Alumni Association Scholarship.
Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP)
TIP begins with an intensive course on Florida history, issues and politics before students relocate to Tallahassee for the 60-day legislative session.
Each student is paired with an elected official or organization actively involved in Florida’s economic development, growth management, transportation, environmental protection, education, health and social welfare.
Up to ten undergraduate juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be selected to participate. All majors and disciplines are welcome.
Students are responsible for tuition and fees, transportation to the state capital and all expenses they incur during the program. A $3,500 scholarship awarded by the College of Arts & Sciences will help defray expenses during the program. Housing and placements are coordinated by the Florida Institute of Government.
TIP alumna is named a rising star in Florida Politics
The Washington Center (TWC)
The Washington Center provides students with the opportunity to spend a semester in an internship and classroom learning in Washington, D.C.
Conducted in partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Seminars (TWC), students are provided with a comprehensive learning experience. Students enroll in an academic course, intern in an organization located in Washington DC or its vicinity, and are involved in a civic engagement project while there. This provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of career paths while being immersed in the intellectual and cultural diversity of our nation’s capital.
Internships are available in Arts, Humanities & Education;
Business, Economics & Trade;
Media & Communications;
Health, Science & Environment;
International Affairs; Law & Criminal Justice. View examples of internship sites>>
USF student featured in TWC's "Access and Opportunity" >>
Contact Robyn Odegard, Florida Institute of Government, for more information.
Washington Center Resources
TWC Program Requirements
Financial Planning Worksheet