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.
2023 Spring Semester
January 9 – March 10
- Location: Florida Gulf Coast University
March 7 – April 28
- Location: State Capitol in Tallahassee
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?
"My internship with the Florida Senate was truly life-changing. I interacted with Senators daily and met numerous government officials. The internship helped me develop great workplace skills and make connections that few have a chance to experience."
- Michael Whittaker, Legislative Intern for Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
"I was blown away by all of the incredible opportunities and experiences I had throughout this legislative internship."
- Camron Greetham, 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, Legislative Intern for Representative Adam Botana
"This internship ignited a passion for politics and civic engagement within me that I will carry for the rest of my life."
- Adina Reece, Legislative Intern for Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka
"Serving as an intern, in the Senate Democratic Caucus Office, gave me the opportunity to have hands-on education about Florida politics. I was able to take my passion for government and contribute to policies that were implemented over the Legislative Session. My experience was one that I will remember for my entire life, with connections and skills I was able to fine-tune being the greatest takeaway."
-Stephanie Porvaznik, Legislative Intern for the Florida Senate Democratic Caucus Office
"The internship is a unique opportunity and great experience to be involved with the state legislative process."
-Robert Silano, III, Legislative Intern for Senator Ray Rodrigues
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