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LDR 3905- Leadership In State Government

Prior to interning in Tallahassee as a Legislative Scholar, accepted students must enroll for the Fall 2024, LDR 3905 course which will provide students with the skills, knowledge, and tools for success for the internship.

Students can select (0-1) credit hours for a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade. A $200 fellowship is provided at the end of the semester if you complete the class and earn the satisfactory grade.

Function of Policymaking & Governance

The course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental aspects and functions of Florida’s policymaking and governance structures with a specific focus on the role of the Florida Legislature.

It provides a comprehensive understanding of the legislative policy & bill-making process through:

  • Discussions
  • Lectures
  • Issues research
  • Exposure to actual players in the political process
Professional Development

In addition, the course has a strong emphasis on professional development, offering students the opportunity to develop essential skills that are crucial for success in policymaking and governance roles. Through hands-on activities such as:

  • Oral & Written communication
  • Role-playing exercises
  • Networking Practice

Students will gain practical experience and develop skills in several areas: such as effective communication, research, teamwork, and leadership.

Picture of Group of Legislative Scholars receiving instructon

People around a table eating and receiving presentation

Photo of students getting taught networking skills