Legislative & Government Internship Program

Florida State University is proud to announce that the application for the 2024 FSU Legislative Internship Program is now open! This internship program, which begins during legislative committee weeks in Fall 2023 and continues into the Spring Semester during the 60-day Legislative Session, will provide undergraduate and graduate students at Florida State University the opportunity to gain valuable experience in Florida’s legislative process here in Tallahassee, Florida.

Participating students will learn all about how policy, the state’s economy and politics are deeply intertwined in Florida’s legislative process. Duties may include conducting research, writing bill summaries, attending committee hearings; and communicating with legislators, state agency liaisons, lobbyists, constituents, and members of the general public. While we encourage the offices opting into our program to give interns work related to the legislative process on policy and budget, students should expect that administrative duties, as well as constituent services, will be part of their experience as these are vital to the process. Actual job duties will differ from office to office. Placements may include internships in the State Senate, The House of Representatives, the Executive Office of the Governor, state agencies, lobbyist organizations or other legislative offices. Students will receive a scholarship of $3,300 for participation in the program, which includes $300 to offset parking and transportation costs. Participants will receive the scholarship via two deposits into their FSU student business services account, 50 percent will be deposited in the Fall prior to the start of their internship in October, and 50 percent will be deposited in the Spring, prior to legislative session. To receive this scholarship, students must continue to be enrolled at least part time, which is defined as being enrolled in at least six-credit hours, during the spring semester. The requirement for part-time enrollment may be met through academic credit earned through this internship, as approved by your academic advisor. To ensure that you are meeting this requirement, please talk to your academic advisor on how to enroll in an internship class through your program for the spring semester.

Strong candidates are expected to be:

  • Punctual
  • Responsible
  • Self-directed
  • Organized
  • Respectful