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Legislative Internship Program (LIP)

CEL 4910/CEL 4942 Fall and Spring Terms 4 credits

The undergraduate students selected to participate in the Legislative Internship Program (LIP) will work 9 hrs/week in the office of a federal, state, local legislator or think tank/policy agency. These representatives—whether in Congress, the State Legislature, the County Commission, City Council or Think Tank/Policy Agency —are all actively involved in the solution of such regional issues as economic development, transportation, environmental protection, education, health, social welfare and public finance. Each student will be carefully matched with an elected official willing to provide a meaningful learning experience. In addition to learning about current issues and the processes of representative democracy through their internships, students will meet in a weekly seminar (Thursdays from 4-5:50). In this seminar they will share their internship experiences and discuss readings about the issues that are facing the Tampa Bay region and the various public policies that are being developed to address them. The students selected to participate in LIP will be awarded a $300 USF Alumni Association Scholarship.


For more information on all of the programs, contact Dr. Joan Pynes at

Please download the LIP application.