Legislative Intern Program
The Legislative Intern Program
The Florida House of Representatives provides many opportunities for men and women to serve the State’s vast and multifaceted citizenry. In 1967, then Senator Lawton Chiles sponsored a bill creating an Intern Program for the Florida Legislature as a means by which young adults are introduced to the legislative process. The program’s mission is to provide college graduates pursuing a graduate degree with an opportunity to experience the legislative process and public policy making. For over 50 years, more than 900 young adults have gained immeasurable insight regarding the inner workings of government, and many have gone on to use this experience in their professional life. View the program brochure for additional information.
How to Apply
Complete the Legislative Intern Program Application Packet. Materials can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 850.410.0095, or mailed to the Office of Professional Development, Legislative Intern Program, 327 The Capitol, 402 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300.
Rate of Pay/Hours of Work
The rate of pay is $13.00 per hour. Work must be performed during regular business hours. Participants work 30 hours per week to assist with the session workload. The 2021 Legislative Session is from March 2 through April 30, 2021.
Tuition or Stipend Benefit
Participants receive payment of up to 9 hours of graduate tuition at Florida in-state rates during the time of the internship (Spring ‘21) or receive a monthly stipend of $800.
Applicants must be a Florida resident or be enrolled in a Florida school at the time of application. Applicants must have received their bachelor’s degree and be enrolled in a graduate program prior to beginning the internship. In accordance with American Bar Association rules, schedules for first-year law students prohibit them from participating in the Intern Program.
Speaker Jose R. Oliva with the 2019-2020 Florida House of Representatives Legislative Interns
August 17, 2020 - Announcement
Program announcements and application forms are sent to university faculty, staff and other interested parties. See below for application..
September 10, 2020, 5:00 p.m. - Application Deadline
September 28 - October 9, 2020 - Review and Selection
Applications are reviewed by the Legislative Intern Review Team, and applicants are scheduled for interviews.
October 17, 2020 - Notification
Finalists are notified of their acceptance into the Legislative Intern Program.
January 8, 2021 - May 14, 2021
Inclusive dates of the Legislative Intern Program.
Legislative Intern Program Documents and Contact Information
Legislative Intern Program Application Packet includes:
- Checklist with Application Instructions
- State of Florida Application with Addendum
- Faculty Recommendation (2 required)
- Employer Recommendation
- Writing Samples (2 required)
- Test Scores (LSAT, GRE, or GMAT test scores, if taken)
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For more information, contact:
Florida House of Representatives
Office of Professional Development
Legislative Intern Program
327 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5450
Fax: (850) 410-0095
Pamela Davis Greene, Staff Director