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Internships in government are run through the Undergraduate Public Policy Internship Program in the USF School of Public Affairs. There are three different internship opportunities students can partake in for credit here at USF:

The Legislative Internship Program (LIP) places  students with local, state or federal legislators. Students work nine hours per week over two days  in the legislative office  and participate a weekly seminar in which they integrate their experiential learning with assigned readings.

The Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP) is offered  only during the Spring semester.  It begins with an intensive course on Florida history, issues and politics and then students relocate to Tallahassee for the  60 day legislative session. Students are placed in  40 hour per week internships working with state legislatures, advocacy organizations, professional associations, and/or  lobbying firms.  Housing and placements are  arranged through USF's  Institute of Government.

The Washington Center is for students who want experience working and living in Washington , DC.  Students are placed in internships around issues and topics they are interested in. Some students work on Capitol Hill, others work for museums, or the National Park Service, still others work for advocacy organizations, newspapers or other publications, federal agencies  or professional associations. The Washington Center interviews each students and identifies a placement that is consistent with the student's interests.