DEADLINE EXTENDED! This week's Graham Center Student Newsletter erroneously noted the deadline. The deadline is 11:59 pm Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Through the partnership of its new Federal Relations Team and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, the University of Florida now offers exciting opportunities to study and work in the nation's capital, beginning immediately in January 2020. 

Intern with the University of Florida Office of Federal Relations

During the course of the spring semester, the intern will work with the new University of Florida Federal Relations team in the University’s Washington, DC office, focusing on providing legislative support for the Federal Relations team. The individual who fills this position will have the opportunity to observe Congress first-hand and to acquire broad exposure to federal policy in the areas of education, research, health, agriculture and the budget. He or she will be based in UF's Washington office.

The position is an important part of the team, charged with proactively supporting the University's agenda and ensuring UF is a leading voice on important issues. Specific responsibilities of the position include:

  • assisting the Director with identifying, monitoring and reporting on significant issues;
  • tracking legislative activity, attending hearings; drafting hearing reports and legislative updates;
  • attending higher education and coalition meetings;
  • assisting with UF faculty and administrator visits to Washington, DC.; and
  • supporting special projects and events.

Qualifications

This position is open to any currently enrolled University of Florida student in good standing, with a demonstrated interest in public policy, law, or government. All academic majors are encouraged to apply. It is essential that applicants to this position have excellent written and verbal communications skills and strong interpersonal skills. Successful candidates will be energetic team players, as well as self-starters, and able to juggle multiple responsibilities simultaneously. 

Key Details

This is an unpaid internship position. While in Washington, students must enroll for internship credit through their own department or the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. 

Financial assistance and scholarships may be available.

To Apply

Deadline extended: Interested students may apply at this link. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

For more information, please contact Marianne Vernetson, Associate Director, Bob Graham Center for Public Service at mvernetson@ufl.edu or (352) 273-1080.

Intern in a Congressional Office

The Washington Internship Program also selects outstanding undergraduates to spend the spring semester in Washington, D.C working in field placements that reflect their particular areas of academic interest. For spring 2020, field placements include positions within a congressional office. The internship provides the opportunity for UF students to gain first-hand knowledge of federal policy making and processes.

Typical congressional office assignments include:

  • supporting legislative aides with constituent relations, including responding to phone calls and letters;
  • researching and monitoring pending legislation, including attending hearings, drafting issue updates and bill summaries;
  • and supporting special office projects and events. 

Every effort will be made to match you with an office that reflects your professional and academic goals.

Qualifications

This position is open to any currently enrolled University of Florida student in good standing. All academic majors are encouraged to apply. It is essential that applicants to this position have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. Successful candidates will be energetic team players, as well as self-starters, and able to juggle multiple responsibilities simultaneously.

Key Details

This is an unpaid internship position. While in Washington, students must enroll for internship credit through their own department or the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. 

Financial assistance and scholarships may be available.

To Apply

Interested students may apply at this link. The application deadline has been extended from 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, November 3 to 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

For more information, please contact Marianne Vernetson, Associate Director, Bob Graham Center for Public Service at mvernetson@ufl.edu or (352) 273-1080.