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University of Florida Washington D.C. Internship Programs

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Through the partnership of its 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 each spring, summer and fall semester.

During the course of the semester, interns will work with the University of Florida Federal Relations team in the University’s Washington, DC office or in a Congressional office or Federal Agency. Individuals who fill these positions 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.


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. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required 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

Note: Changes to the residency arrangements of this internship have changed to comply with COVID restrictions established by the University of Florida.

This is an unpaid internship position, but housing and a cost-of-living stipend are provided. Students have the opportunity to live in WISH housing, which is provided by UF, but are not required to do so. No stipend is provided for housing should you decide to make your own arrangements.

Interviews will be conducted via Zoom the weeks of March 23 and 30. Students will be notified of their acceptance by April 3. Office placements will be done during April and May in consultation with the student and the Federal Relations team.

Accepted students are required to attend an online orientation on Friday, April 17 about their internship experience. There will be an additional onsite orientation in Washington in late May.

Students are expected to arrive in Washington the week of May 25 and begin work the week of June 1. You are responsible for your travel to D.C. Specific start dates will vary depending on placement and will be decided with your manager. Internships will be completed by July 31 and students may leave Washington after that.

While in Washington, students must enroll for internship credit through their own department or the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Students may take up to 6 hours of internship credit for Florida Bright Futures purposes.

To Apply

Visit this web link: Deadline to complete this application has been extended from Monday, March 16, to noon (EDT) Thursday, March 19, 2020. Additional questions may be directed to Marianne Vernetson, Associate Director, Bob Graham Center for Public Service at or (352) 273-1080.]