Thank you for your interest in the Florida House of Representatives Volunteer/Intern Program. As part of this program, volunteers/interns will develop research skills and knowledge of the legislative process by working with Members, legislative staff, and the public.
Volunteers/Interns may or may not be affiliated with a participant school. A participant school is a college or university that has a formal legislative intern program as part of its curriculum and works cooperatively with the Office of Administration & Professional Development (APD). Notify APD if you would like to become a participant school by emailing Volunteers@MyFloridaHouse.gov with a description of your program and student expectations.
View the Volunteer Guidebook & Application Packet, located below, for more information.
Becoming a volunteer/intern for the Florida House of Representatives, either in the Capitol Complex or District Office, depends upon available office space, furniture, and the Speaker’s approval. Volunteers/interns may not start their service until they have received written approval by the Speaker, including official start and end dates.
Volunteers presented as “interns” by educational institutions must work at least 10 hours per week. If
volunteering for credit at a college or university, the supervisor of the office to which the volunteer is assigned is responsible for submission of the Application Packet to APD and the completion of any necessary paperwork required by the college or university program.
Volunteers/Interns may not be assigned to more than one supervisor (Member/staff director/designee). Only one volunteer/intern per supervisor is allowed in the Capitol office.
All volunteers/interns must submit a completed Volunteer Guidebook & Application Packet (located below) with a copy of an official state ID to the supervisor (Member/staff director/designee).
The Application Packet includes the following:
- Volunteer Application
- Contact Information
- Acknowledgment Form (Signed by the volunteer/intern AND the supervisor requesting the volunteer.)
- Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) background check form
The Application Packet and a copy of an official state ID must be submitted to APD by the supervisor for the approval process to begin (see Supervisor Responsibilities in the Volunteer Guidebook & Application Packet). This is in addition to any school application or paperwork that is submitted to the school. Approvals may take three to ten business days to process.
Volunteers/Interns may not start until notified by the supervisor of their approval by the Speaker including the official start and end dates.
All volunteers/interns will be required to submit a completed Application Packet, with a copy of an official state ID, to the supervisor.
Application Packets are processed as they are received. Incomplete packets will result in a delay in processing. Any questions about the application packet and approval process should be addressed to APD.