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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, policy organizations or professional associations. Students work nine hours per week over two days  in the 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

Requirements for Participation in The Washington Center
2014 Financial Worksheet