Legislative Internship Program

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.

Date of Internship

2024 Spring Semester 

  • January 6 – February 28

    • Location: Forida Gulf Coast University
  • March 4 – May 2

    • Location: State Capitol in Tallahassee

State Capitol in Tallahassee

How to Apply


*Applicants DO NOT have to be a Political Science major to apply and no government experience is necessary*

Application Process:

  • 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?
  • Resume
  • 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 governmentrelations@fgcu.edu.

*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.

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