Florida Gulf Coast University Legislative Internship Program
The program provides an opportunity for FGCU students to receive a full-time, non-partisan internship that is scholarship-supported during the Spring Semester of each academic year.
Interns will receive hands-on experience learning about state political dynamics and the legislative process while working for a member of the Florida State Legislature or within a government agency.
Program participants will receive a well-rounded political and educational experience that complements traditional classroom learning with the ability to acquire unique job skills, protocol skills, and networking skills within the atmosphere of the Florida State Capitol.
Legislative Interns represent Florida Gulf Coast University, and therefore, the highest conduct is expected. Interns must adapt to a rigorous work schedule, and develop an effective working relationship with their sponsoring elected official and/or supervisor.
2024 Spring Semester
January 9 – March 8
- Location: State Capitol in Tallahassee
March 11 – May 4
- Location: Florida Gulf Coast University
DUE TO THE SCHEDULING OF INTERVIEWS, ANY APPLICATIONS NOW RECEIVED WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE SPRING 2024 SPRING SEMESTER INTERNSHIP.
*Applicants DO NOT have to be a Political Science major to apply and no government experience is necessary*
- Internship Application Form
- Personal statement- Address all the following questions in your personal statement
(500-1000 words) and include any other additional information that may be beneficial
in considering your application
- Why would you like to serve as a Legislative Intern?
- What government/legislative related experience do you have?
- How will the Florida Legislature help advance your career goals?
- What qualities do you possess that make you capable of working in a high stress environment?
- There are so many initiatives happening in state government, what are you passionate about?
- Up to date unofficial transcript (this can be a printout or electronic copy from Gulfline)
Personal statement, resume and up-to-date unofficial transcripts must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If selected for an interview, two (2) completed Reference Rating Forms, including one from a faculty member is required. These forms will be emailed to selected applicants. References may be contacted to verify the information.
Students are encouraged to submit applications throughout the year as the application process will be open-ended. Qualified applicants will be considered for the next internship cycle.
What Do Former Interns Have To Say About Their Experience?
"I am humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to work with Representative Melo and all the amazing people who formulate legislation for our state. This opportunity provided me with an even greater respect for the legislative process and those involved."
- Kareli Plata, 2023 FGCU Legislative Intern for Representative Lauren Melo
"I was blown away by all of the incredible opportunities and experiences I had throughout this legislative internship."
- Camron Greetham, 2021 FGCU Legislative Intern for Representative Spencer Roach
"This internship taught me so much through real-life experience in a fast-paced and ever-evolving political environment. The networking, experience, and knowledge through this transformative experience make it a worthwhile opportunity."
- Andrés Palacio, 2022 Legislative Intern for Representative Adam Botana
"This internship has afforded me the opportunity to meet and work alongside people in the legislative process that I would have not had the opportunity to meet otherwise. I look forward to using this experience as I move through law school and my legal career."
- Jacob Menapace, 2023 Legislative Intern for Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka
"Interning in government is a valuable experience that offers a unique opportunity to gain practical knowledge and insights into the workings of our political system. It allows one to witness the intricate mechanisms of public service, learn from experienced professionals and contribute to meaningful projects that serve the public good."
-Samuel Poisik, 2023 Legislative Intern for the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus Office
"This was by far the most humbling experience I could have been offered during my undergraduate studies. I learned lifelong skills and techniques to becoming successful in my future. I am appreciative of the time I got to spend there and the networking that turned into friendships along the way. I am especially thankful for my mentors ."
-Jessica Hattemer, 2023 FGCU Legislative Intern for Representative Kaylee Tuck
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