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Office of Government Relations

Office of Government Relations
Office of Government Relations
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965
Phone: (239) 590-7410
Fax: (239) 590-7411

Staff:

Jennifer Goen
Director, Government Relations
Email: jgoen@fgcu.edu

Brad Davidson
Legislative Coordinator, Government Relations
Email: Brdavidson@fgcu.edu

Sharon Rogers
Executive Secretary, Government Relations
Email: SRogers@fgcu.edu 

Internship Opportunities

 
 

2013-2014 President’s Society State Legislature Intern Program

The President’s Society State Legislature Internship program provides sophomore, junior, or senior level undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Political Science with hands on experience working for a Florida state legislator in their district office and Tallahassee during the coming legislative session.

Benefits:

Students receive invaluable experience working with the Florida State Legislature. Students will receive up to 9 credit hours (6 hours for internship and 3 hours for corresponding class) for successful completion of the internship

POS 4941 - Political Science Internship – 6 credit hours

Experiential learning through an internship at a department-approved public or not-for-profit organization.

POS 4931 – Special Topic in Political Science – 3 credits (may repeat in summer for 6 Hours total if needed)

Examination of a selected topic within political science. Topics may vary depending on instructor.

In addition to academic credit, students will receive free housing while in Tallahassee as well as a $1500 stipend to defray the costs of moving and living in Tallahassee for two months.

Requirements:

  • Must be academically classified as a sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Must be a political science major or minor
  • Strong communication abilities, including speaking, writing, research, and computer skills
  • Interest in or knowledge of the legislative process
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in a fast-paced and highly visible environment
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

How to apply:

Contact your political science professor and ask for an application. Complete the application and submit all necessary documents to Government Relations in 211 Edwards Hall by October 4, 2013.

Program Leadership:

Jennifer Goen, Director of Government Relations, is the point of contact for interns logistically. She will be in Tallahassee the entire time you are and can help with any needs that arise. She will also be the liason if there are any issues between legislator and intern.

Dr. Bergerson will be the Professor of record for the academic credit classes for the students.

Intern Timeline:

October 2013

4th – Intern applications due to Government Relations (213 Edwards Hall)

14th – week of, interviews and selection of interns

November 2013

TBD – Interns meet their members at delegation meetings

January 2014

6th – 8th – Internship orientation and training with Jennifer Goen (Room TBD)

6th- 17th Committee Weeks (Interns in District Office)

13th – Begin work in District office

February 2014

3rd – 21st Committee Weeks (Interns in District Office)

March 2014

3rd or 4th – Interns begin working in Tallahassee offices

4th Session Begins (Interns in Tallahassee)

April 2014

25th – Last day of work for interns

May 2014

2nd Session Ends

3rd Graduation