Public Policy Internships

Legislative Internship Program (LIP)

For a meaningful academic experience, this internship program requires a significant amount of face-to-face interaction to meet the learning objectives of the program. Due to the current global pandemic, social distancing guidelines, and the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, the USF School of Public Affairs has decided to suspend all public policy internship programs for the 2020-2021 academic year, including LIP.

If there is an opportunity to offer this internship while keeping everyone safe in Spring 2021, the USF School of Public Affairs may reconsider offering the program next term.


LIP students work 9 hours per week in the offices of federal, state, and local legislators or think-tank/policy agencies.

These groups are actively involved in Tampa Bay's economic development, transportation, environmental protection, education, health, social welfare, or public finance. The LIP seminar discusses internship experiences, issues facing Tampa Bay, and policy initiatives created to solve them.

Up to ten undergraduate juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.5 will be selected to participate. All majors and disciplines are welcome to apply.

Each student will be carefully matched with an elected official or organization according to their interests to provide a meaningful learning experience. The students selected to participate in LIP will be awarded a $300 USF Alumni Association Scholarship.

LIP Internship Guide  |  LIP Brochure  |  LIP Application