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Public Policy Programs For All Academic Majors
Helping create a better future for all Floridians is a core principle of the Public Policy Internship Programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students have a variety of learning experiences from classes taught USF faculty members while interning in the offices of local, state and federal elected officials from the Tampa Bay area.

Each opportunity brings experiences into the political world, allowing for a more in-depth understanding and a better grasp of the important issues facing our future. Local governments benefit from the mentoring of the next generation of leaders, allowing for fresh ideas and energy.

Legislative Internship Program (LIP) allows undergraduate students to work nine hours a week in the office of a federal, state or local legislator. Because students are actively involved in the solution of such regional issues as economic development, transportation, environmental protection, education, health social welfare and public finance, they have a meaningful experience through real life scenarios. Students also take part in a weekly seminar sharing their internship experiences and discuss readings about the issues that are facing the Tampa Bay region and the various public policies that are being developed to address them.
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Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP) allows students to spend the entire semester focusing on the Florida legislative process. Prior to the legislative session the students will complete an intensive course on the history, structure and issues of Florida government in Tampa at USF. Students then relocate to Tallahassee and work with officials during the 60-day legislative session addressing issues facing Florida such as economic development, growth management, transportation, environmental protection, education, health and social welfare.

The Public Policy Internship Programs at USF bring a unique insight for students interested in helping formulate future legislation--a partnership which is an investment not only for participants, but a better tomorrow for all Floridians.

If you are interested in mentoring a young leader or participating as a student in one of these government internships, please contact Angela Crist, director of the Florida Institute of Government at USF for more information at 813.974.2346 or

The Washington Center For All Academic Majors

The Washington Center provides students with the opportunity to spend a semester in an internship  and classroom learning in Washington, D.C. Conducted in partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Seminars, students are provided with a comprehensive learning experience.  Students enroll in an academic  course, intern in an organization located in Washington DC or the vicinity, and are involved in a civic engagement project while there. This provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of career paths while being immersed in the intellectual and cultural diversity of our nation’s capital.

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Arts, Humanities & Education
  • Business, Economics & Trade
  • Media & Communications
  • Politics
  • International Affairs
  • Law & Criminal Justice
  • Health, Science & Environment

For examples of specific internship sites go to:

Interested students should contact Dr. Joan Pynes at for more information.

Requirements for Participation in The Washington Center
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