Governor Rick Scott invites college and university students to apply for the 2013-2014 Gubernatorial Fellows Program. Participation in the program provides Florida college and university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how state government operates. Established in 2004, and endowed by Al and Dawn Hoffman in 2005, the program gives Florida college and university students the unique opportunity to work alongside state government’s top staff for two semesters.
Governor Scott said, “I invite all those who want to help grow jobs for Florida’s families to apply. This program provides an invaluable opportunity for Florida’s college and university students to receive advanced, on-the-job training.”
Based on their major or area of concentration, Gubernatorial Fellows are assigned to the Executive Office of the Governor and the Governor’s agencies. Fellows work a minimum of 20 hours per week and are paid for their time on the job. Fellows also participate in a weekly lecture series, where they meet with prominent leaders, including Governor Scott, Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, Cabinet officers, agency heads and other top government officials, according to Lane Wright, spokesperson for the Office of Gov. Rick Scott.
Gubernatorial Fellows also participate in policy study trips throughout Florida and in Washington, D.C. These additional commitments are designed to broaden the Fellows’ exposure to state government and enhance the experience of all participants. To be eligible for a Gubernatorial Fellowship, candidates should be enrolled at a Florida college or university as an upperclassman (junior or senior) or a graduate student. Applicants should exhibit strong leadership, written and oral communication skills, community activism and a desire to serve the State of Florida. Approximately 12 students from around the state will be selected based on a competitive application process, according to Wright.