FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What majors should apply to the Tallahassee Internship Program?
Students from any major are encouraged to apply. Students from a range of majors and disciplines have participated in past programs. Our interns have majored in animal science, anthropology, business administration, Chinese, classics, criminology, economics, English, environmental science, finance, food and resource economics, FYCS, history, journalism, management, marketing, philosophy, political science, and public relations.
What classes will I take while in Tallahassee?
All students are required to take at least 6 credit hours while in Tallahassee. We work with students who need more than 6 hours to ensure that they can keep their scholarships or Bright Futures. Student must enroll in IDS 4930 (3 credits) and for 3 internship credits. You can take internship credit through your own department, political science, Interdisciplinary Studies Program or Honors (you do not need to be in the Honors Program to sign up for IDH 4940 but they do require a 3.0 to apply for Honors internship credit).
We can help you register for the following courses:
IDS 4930 Florida Politics - 3 credits
IDS 4940 Internship - 3 credits
To reach 12 hours we ask our students to take an online course or correspondence course through UF. We have in the past had students take courses at FSU or FAMU and this can be arranged if necessary. However, we do not encourage our students to take courses at other colleges because we would prefer that you work full time at your internship rather than worry about leaving during the day to get to class.
How do I get an internship placement?
If you are selected as a participant in the program we will work with you in finding a suitable placement. Students are placed based on professional and academic goals as well as on what type of experience they would like to have in Tallahassee. Students are encouraged to research legislative offices, lobbyist firms and government departments in order to suggest possibilities to our office.
Where will I live?
Interns live together in 4 bedroom/ 4 bath apartments. These apartments are furnished and UF will pay your rent and utilities (electric, cable and internet). Our 2015 interns lived at Seminole Grand Apartments.
Will I receive an individual stipend to live in Tallahassee?
Yes, participants receive a small stipend to offset the cost of living in Tallahassee.