Florida Atlantic University

Florida Legislative Internship Program (FFLIP)


FFLIP provides an opportunity for students to experience first-hand how public policy is developed and participate in the legislative process, while gaining full-time internship experience and course credit hours.

Interns who are admitted to the program will work for an assigned Senator or Representative in the Florida State Legislature and learn about the role and responsibilities of elected officials and the broader environment in which they work. Students selected for the internship will move to Tallahassee for the 60-day Legislative Session and are expected to report to their assigned legislator’s office in the State Capitol. The Legislative Session takes place during Spring semester each year.

During their time at the State Capitol, interns will gain knowledge of how state government and the legislative process works while making lifelong career contacts and friendships.


Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Internship program will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the state legislative process
  • Read, understand and interpret policy and constituent related research
  • Understand the daily activities and functions of a state legislative office
  • Develop professional competencies in life skills, such as time-management, prioritizing tasks, and 
    organizational networking
  • Work during the entire legislative session both in the office and committees and witness first-hand 
    how legislation is passed in Tallahassee
  • Develop written and oral communication skills while interacting with legislators, professional staff, 
    constituents and lobbyists
  • Develop abilities to time-manage projects, network and provide leadership on issues important to 
    Florida communities