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2015 President's Society Legislative Internship Application


 Thank you for your interest in the President’s Society Legislative Internship Program at Florida Gulf Coast University.  The program provides a full-time, stipend supported, internship for two (2) FGCU students to work in the Florida State Legislature. It has been established to teach students the duties, obligations and responsibilities of the Florida State Legislature.  The interns will have the opportunity to learn about state politics and the legislative process through hands on experience working in a Legislator’s district office and Tallahassee during the 2015 Legislative Session.  The program will provide the interns with a platform for personal growth and development in areas such as communication and interpersonal skills. 

Each intern will be assigned to a Southwest Florida Legislator for whom they will work for in both their district office and Tallahassee office.  The internship will begin at the start of the Spring Semester and conclude at the end of the Spring Semester.  During the week of January 5th, the interns will attend a training session in the Office of Government Relations at FGCU.  The training session will cover topics such as the legislative process, bill research and drafting, bill analysis and tracking, legislative etiquette, and House and Senate rules.  On January 12, 2015, the interns will begin work in the district office of their assigned Legislator.  The interns will work in the Legislator’s district office throughout the months of January and February.  The 2015 Florida Legislative Session, begins on Tuesday, March 3rd.  The interns will move into their Tallahassee housing on March 1st, and will begin work in the Legislator’s Tallahassee office on March 2nd, and will remain working there until April 24th.  

The President’s Society will provide the interns with furnished housing, which includes the payment of rent & utilities, while they are interning in Tallahassee for the 2015 Legislative Session.  Additionally, the Presidents’ Society will provide each intern a stipend of $1,500. The stipend will be disbursed to the interns’ Banner Account approximately one week before departing for Tallahassee.

Each intern is eligible to receive up to a total of 12 hours of credit for the Spring Semester through the Department of Public Affairs Chair, Dr. Roger Green.

  • POS 4941 - Political Science Internship (6 credits)
  • POT 4906 - Independent Study in Political Theory (3 credits)
  • POS 4911 - Directed Research in Administration and Polict (3 credits)
  • POS 4905 - Independent Study (3 credits)

Qualifications for selection:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student at FGCU
  • Be academically classified as a sophomore, junior or senior at FGCU
  • Major or minor in political science
  • Possess and maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Be in good academic standing with the University
  • Strong skills in communication (verbal and written), research, and computer literacy
  • Interest in, or knowledge of, the legislative process
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others in a fast-paced and highly visible environment

Please submit with your application:

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from a faculty member
  • Up-to-date unofficial academic transcript(s)
  • Personal Statement of 500-1000 words
  • Résumé

  To download a copy of the application please click here.

All application packets are due by Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Please submit your application packet to Dr. Bergerson in Merwin Hall, Room 138.