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Legislative Internship Program (LIP)

CEL 4910/CEL 4942
Fall and Spring Terms  4 credits

The undergraduate students selected to participate in the Legislative Internship Program (LIP) will work 9 hrs/week in the office of a federal, state, or local legislator. These representatives—whether in Congress, the State Legislature, the County Commission or City Council—are all actively involved in the solution of such regional issues as economic development, transportation, environmental protection, education, health, social welfare and public finance. Each student will be carefully matched with an elected official willing to provide a meaningful learning experience. In addition to learning about current issues and the processes of representative democracy through their internships, students will meet in a weekly seminar (Thursdays from 4-5:50). In this seminar they will share 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. The students selected to participate in LIP will be awarded a $250 USF Alumni Association Scholarship.

LIP Spring 2013

  • Rebecca Caardwell - Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist
  • Nia Jackosn - State Representative Janet Cruz
  • Ayotunde Harrelll - State Senator John Legg
  • Brittany Kenny - Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higgonbotham
  • David Kulcar - Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez
  • Brain Many - Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick
  • Jason Schmiege - US Senator Bill Nelson
  • Kiara Santos - US Congresswoman Kathy Castor

LIP Fall 2013

  • Rachel Soloway - Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbothan
  • Katelyn Leal - Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner
  • Haley Denny - Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez
  • Denise Marton - Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione
  • Jake Hoffman - Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist
  • Valery Martinez - US Congresswoman Kathy Castor
  • Evana Miscalin - US Senator Bill Nelson
  • Joseph VerValin - State Representative Mark Danish
  • Giselle Irio - State Representative Janet Cruz
  • Mary Taylor - Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice
  • Katherine Marrotte - State Senator John Legg

For more information:
Dr. Joan Pynes

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Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP)

POS 4910/ POS 4941/ CEL 4910/ CEL 4942
Spring Term 12 credits

Through the Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP), students will spend an entire term focusing on the Florida legislative process. Up to ten undergraduate students from a wide variety of majors with at least junior standing and a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be selected to participate.  During the sixty day legislative session, they will work with officials in Tallahassee.  These officials are actively involved in finding solutions to issues facing Florida such as economic development, growth management, transportation, environmental protection, education, health, and social welfare. This year a major focus will be the redrawing of state and federal legislative districts While students will be responsible for transportation to the state capital and all expenses they incur during the program, they will be awarded a $3,500 USF Alumni Association stipend by the USF Student Government and the H. Lee Moffitt Scholarship Fund to defray some of the expenses

TIP Spring 2013

  • Racquel Hylton - Representative Janet Cruz
  • Jayson Lynn - Office of House Majority Leader
  • Shelly Marc - Pittman Law Group
  • Nakia Murray - Rober M. Levy & Associates
  • Malik Priest - Florida League of Cities
  • Aaron Speed - Senator Tom Lee
  • Elisa Walker - Senator Jeff Brandes

For more information:
Dr. Joan Pynes

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