Undergraduate Public Policy Internship Programs
The Public Policy Internship Programs provide students with the opportunity
to become learn about and become involved in the public policy and political process.
All academic disciplines and majors are welcome.
The Legislative Internship Program (LIP) places students with local, state
or federal legislators. Students work nine hours per week over two days in
the legislative office and participate a weekly seminar in which they integrate
their experiential learning with assigned readings.
The Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP) is offered only during the Spring
semester. It begins with an intensive course on Florida history, issues and
politics and then students relocate to Tallahassee for the 60 day legislative
session. Students are placed in 40 hour per week internships working with
state legislatures, advocacy organizations, professional associations, and/or lobbying
firms. Housing and placements are arranged through USF’s Institute
of Government. There is a scholarship that accompanies this internship that
covers housing in Tallahassee and other associated costs.
The Washington Center is for students who want experience working and living in
Washington , DC. Students are placed in internships around issues and topics
they are interested in. Some students work on Capitol Hill, others work for museums,
or the National Park Service, still others work for advocacy organizations, newspapers
or other publications, federal agencies or professional associations. Interns
are placed in organizations for the Arts, Humanities & Education; Business,
Economics & Trade; Media & Communications; Politics;
International Affairs; Law & Criminal Justice; and Health,
Science & Environments. For a list of example placements click here. The
Washington Center interviews each students and identifies a placement that is consistent
with the student’s interests. For more information go to
For more information on all of the programs, contact Dr. Joan Pynes at
Participation in The Washington Center
2014 Finanical Worksheet