Deadlines quickly approaching for internships that provide students with political experience

The Bob Graham Center announces the following internship opportunities for University of Florida undergraduate students:

Vote Everywhere Team (The Andrew Goodman Foundation)

For more information, contact Jenna Tingum at
Applications are due Friday, August 16, 2019.

The Andrew Goodman Foundation Gators Vote Everywhere Team is looking for interns for a wide range of skills like social media, marketing, effective communication, community outreach, organization, leadership and more. The foundation is a non-partisan organization dedicated to making voting and civic engagement more accessible to students. Primary goals are to register young people to vote, educate them on ballot and community issues, and encourage voting in every election. The internship requires about 3-5 hours per week and offers training and professional development opportunities. The first semester of the internship is unpaid but there is potential for paid positions following one semester’s completion. Send an email with a paragraph or two detailing why voting is important to you and why you would like to work to be a part of the foundation's work. Please include “Vote Everywhere Intern Application” in the subject line.

Federal Relations Office DC Internship

Email applications to Dr. Dickison at
Applications are due Friday, August 30, 2019. 

The University of Florida seeks an intern to join the new Federal Relations team in the University's Washington DC office. The intern will have the opportunity to observe Congress first-hand and acquire broad exposure to federal policy in the areas of education, research, health, agriculture, and the budget. This internship is unpaid and students are eligible to receive credits. This position will have a primary focus on legislative support with other duties assigned as needed. The intern will assist the Director with identifying, monitoring, and reporting on issues of importance to the University of Florida - 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 DC and supporting special projects and events. As a representative of UF, the intern will be expected to be respectful at all times, and in a manner consistent with the UF student code of conduct. This position is open to any undergraduate student in good standing at UF, with a demonstrated interest in public policy, law, or government. Applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills. Successful candidates will be energetic team players, self starters, and able to juggle multiple responsibilities simultaneously. Proficiency in MS Office (MS Excel and Powerpoint) and basic social media is required. To apply, email a letter to Dr. Dickison at explaining how your interests and skills make you a competitve applicant for this position. Attach a copy of your resume. 

The Washington Center

Interested in working in politics, public policy, international relations, business, healthcare, nonprofits, education, or the arts? How about doing that in the nation's capital for academic credit? Take a look at The Washington Center and see the wide variety of internships available for every major. It pays for students to plan ahead:

  • TWC is offering a $1,000 housing discount to any student who submits an application by September 3, 2019.
  • An $9000 Florida Scholarship is available for UF students who apply by October 9, 2019, and can be applied toward internship expenses.
  • The regular application deadline is November 6, 2019.

Visit The Washington Center page on our website for more details.

Fall Internships in the U.S. House of Representatives

  • Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) representing Florida's 26th Congressional District (Miami-Dade County, Homestead, Key West.) Jessica Valdes who was one of our Graham Center students is a staff member in the Representative's office and she will be overseeing the internship program.
  • Rep. Bill Posey (R) representing Florida's 8th Congressional District (the Space Coast). They are looking for an intern with interpersonal skills, who can multitask and think quickly on their feet! Not necessary, but an interest in issues regarding space and the Space Coast would be helpful.

If you are interested in either position, please email Dr. Dickison at ASAP with a copy of your resume. Dr. D will then put you in touch with the office contact for the representative you wish to intern with.

Tallahassee Internship

 Visit this page for details and application.
Application deadline: October 1, 2019.

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida offers the Tallahassee Internship program each spring term to coincide with Florida's legislative session. During the spring semester, the Center offers up to 15 internships throughout Florida government, including positions with the legislature, governor's office and executive branch agencies, the news media and various associations and lobbying organizations.


To learn about the wide range of civic internship and research opportunties provided to University of Florida students through the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, please visit our web page at