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. 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.

In addition to their intern duties, students take a course on Florida politics and attend a number of seminars featuring major political and policy actors in the state. Students can earn additional academic credit through web courses or an independent study with UF faculty. Interns are required to live and work in Tallahassee during the full duration of the legislative session.

Please note: In 2018, the legislative session will run from Jan. 9 to mid-March. At the end of session, students are free to leave Tallahassee and return to Gainesville or other destination.  Housing will be provided in Tallahassee until March 15, 2018. After that time, students will be responsible for their own living arrangements and accomodations for the remainder of the spring semester.

Several mandatory orientation sessions will be held in Gainesville in late November or early December where the previous year's interns will discuss the internship with accepted applicants.

Students interested in learning more about the Tallahassee Semester or who are interested in serving as an intern in Tallahassee during the spring semester, should contact Dr. Sheila Dickison at doctord@ufl.edu or (352) 846-1575 for additional program information.

2017 Information Sessions

  • Thursday, August 31, at 4:30 p.m. 

  • Tuesday, September 5, at 5 p.m. 

  • Wednesday, September 13, at 4 p.m. 

  • Monday, September 18, at 4:30 p.m. (Ice Cream and Pizza Party) 

  • Thursday, September 28, at 5 p.m. 

Note: All orientation sessions will be held in Pugh 210 and last about an hour. The information sessions provide prospective applicants an opportunity to interact with last year's interns. 

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1, 2017. Application materials and letters of recommendations should be submitted via email to Dr. Sheila Dickison at doctord@ufl.edu. Hard copy application packages will also be accepted in the Bob Graham Center suite on the second floor of Pugh Hall.