College of Arts and Sciences, USF USF Home College of Arts & Sciences OASIS myUSF USF A-Z Index CAS Search

Internships

Public Policy Programs For All Academic Majors
Helping create a better future for all Floridians is a core principle of the Public Policy Internship Programs within the College of Arts and Sciences. Students have a variety of learning experiences from classes taught by some of the most distinguished Florida decision makers to directed study and intern programs in the Tampa area, Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.

The Washington Center For All Academic Majors

The Washington Center provides students with the opportunity to spend a semester in an internship  and classroom learning in Washington, D.C. Conducted in partnership with The Washington Center for Internships and Seminars, students are provided with a comprehensive learning experience.  Students enroll in an academic  course, intern in an organization located in Washington DC or the vicinity, and are involved in a civic engagement project while there. This provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of career paths while being immersed in the intellectual and cultural diversity of our nation’s capital.

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Arts, Humanities & Education
  • Business, Economics & Trade
  • Media & Communications
  • Politics
  • International Affairs
  • Law & Criminal Justice
  • Health, Science & Environment

For examples of specific internship sites go to: http://www.twc.edu/internships/washington-dc-programs/internship-experience/internship-overview/sample-internship-sites

Interested students should contact Dr. Joan Pynes at pynes@usf.edu for more information.

Requirements for Participation in The Washington Center
https://db.cas.usf.edu/cas/bsc/

Citizinvestor
Municipalities submit projects to Citizinvestor. These are projects that have already been scored, department-approved and only lack one thing - funding. Projects range from building a new park to installing speed bumps or adding a few parking spaces to your neighborhood library. The list of these projects for any city is nearly endless. Currently, these projects sit on a long-list behind other budget priorities, especially now when local government budgets are tighter than ever before. Citizens invest in the projects they care about most. For the first time ever, we are giving citizens the opportunity to tell government exactly where they want their dollars spent. Citizens can find projects that their local government has posted on Citizinvestor.com and pledge to invest any amount they wish towards the project. Not only can citizens invest in projects from their local governments, but Citizinvestor also gives citizens the opportunity to propose ideas they have to improve their community to their respective local government officials.
Once a project is 100% Funded, the project is built! This is key - citizens only pay their portion of the project if other citizens step up to the plate and commit to fund 100% of the stated cost. This is a win/win for everyone! Citizens only have to invest money if there is a guarantee that the project of their choice will be built and governments only have to commit to building a project if they receive 100% of the funding they need. Not a dime changes hands unless everyone is happy. This ensures that there is no risk to citizens for pledging to invest and no risk to governments posting projects to Citizinvestor.com.

Citizinvestor is now accepting applications for three Spring 2014 internships, responsibilities for these internships range from marketing Citizinvestor projects to citizens, to helping us secure new government partners, to drafting content for the press and our official Citizinvestor communication channels.

This is an un-paid internship, but one in which we treat our interns as Co-founders of our growing startup as our current interns can testify to. Students can apply for the internship at citizinvestor.com/internships.


Humanities and Cultural Studies
The Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies (HCS) offers an internship for Tampa-based, degree-seeking students declared as HUM or AMS majors and who have earned at least 12 credit hours of approved courses in the major prior to starting the internship. This internship consists of supervised work-and-learning experience in humanities and cultural issues under the direction of a University faculty member/administrator and an employee of a participating sponsor organization. The internship counts as a major elective. Specifically, it counts as a "concentration" course for HUM majors, an upper-level elective for AMS majors, and an "interdisciplinary cultural studies" course for HUM majors who are pursuing a track in film & new media studies.

Mass Communication Internships
The School of Mass Communications offers students the chance to earn credit for school-approved internships.

Women's and Gender Studies Internships
The Department of Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) offers an internship for Tampa-based, degree-seeking students declared as WGS majors and who have earned at least 12 credit hours of WGS approved courses prior to starting the internship. This internship consists of supervised work-and-learning experience in women's and gender issues under the direction of a University faculty member/administrator and an employee of a participating sponsor organization. The internship counts as a major elective.

Psychology Internships
The Department of Psychology offers course credit for psychology-related internships in the community, including positions in social service organizations, hospitals, and community mental health agencies. For more information, please contact Dr. Vicky Phares: phares@usf.edu