The Bob Graham Center for Public Service provides University of Florida undergraduate students with an outstanding opportunity to combine academic coursework and credentials with a living curriculum of internships, real-world case studies and guest lectures. The mission is simple: to encourage this generation of students to become the next generation of public servants. The center offers several ways for students to get involved:
You are not required to minor in public leadership to be involved at the Bob Graham Center. The center also offers a variety of research opportunities for undergraduate students.
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida offers the Tallahassee Semester Internship program each spring term to coincide with Florida's legislative session and the Local Government Internship each summer.
The Public Leadership Minor offered by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduates interested in careers in the public and private sectors.
The Bob Graham Center for Public Serviceprovides financial support for student social entrepreneurs who seek to improve civic engagement and advance the common good. These projects can take many forms, but they must be collaborative, innovative and have achievable objectives. The most promising projects are awarded up to $5,000 to pursue implementation.
The Student Policy Summit is a student-run conference that calls on the most well informed and engaged students from Florida’s colleges and universities to address pressing issues facing our state. Each year, a select group of Florida students, gather at UF for two days to identify challenges facing Florida, consider options for resolving them, and create an action plan for implementing change. Participants have a chance to meet and interact with knowledgeable panelists and remain connected to one another after the event’s conclusion to continue their collaborative work.
The Center is affiliated with multiple student groups with a focus on public leadership and civic engagement. Additionally, the Bob Graham Center has a student advisory council, The Graham Fellows which assists the center with projects, promotions and other assignments.