Get Involved! Bob Graham Center for Public Service

The Bob Graham Center was established in 2006 with the goal of creating a community of students, scholars, and citizens who share a commitment to revitalizing the civic culture of Florida and the nation. Former Governor and U. S. Senator Bob Graham founded the Center as a place where students acquire the skills and knowledge to become informed citizens, with the expressed purpose of strengthening the nation’s democratic institutions.


The Bob Graham Center offers a variety of internship opportunities for UF undergraduates of all academic majors. We’ve placed hundreds of interns in public offices as well as in private companies. Opportunities include: Washington Center Internships, the Tallahassee Semester Internship, The City of Gainesville Fellowship, the Local Government Internship Program and the Virtual Internship experience.


The Bob Graham Center offers a series of funded research opportunities for undergraduates ranging from semester-long, county-level research projects to more extensive faculty-guided policy research that spans a student's junior and senior years. These programs are designed to introduce students to the exciting world of academic research and provide an understanding of various research methodologies.


The Healthy Civic Campus and Community initiative encourages student social entrepreneurs to improve the civic health of our campus and/or a Florida community by proposing projects that will advance the common good. Have you identified a community problem that needs to be tackled? Know how to fix it, but lack the resources to implement a solution? Here's your chance to make a difference. The Bob Graham Center provides up to $5,000 each spring for innovative projects that are collaborative, groundbreaking and promote achievable objectives.


The Future of Florida Summit invites the brightest and most politically engaged students from Florida’s colleges and universities to address pressing issues facing our state. The summit aims to: establish a tradition of statewide intercollegiate political activism; inspire students to champion solutions to difficult challenges; and promote the free and open exchange of ideas.


At the University of Florida, the Bob Graham Center has taken a leadership role in voter registration and mobilization efforts. The center hosts a series of activities throughout the year including debate watch parties, voter registration drives, National Voter Registration Day festivities, an Election Day party and free early voting shuttles. UF’s voting rate outperformed other public research institutions 64.2 to 51.9, respectively in 2016 — receiving a silver seal for achieving a student voting rate above 60 percent.


The TurboVote service offered by the Bob Graham Center at the University of Florida makes it easy for UF students to access the information they need to execute their most fundamental civic responsibility. We make sure you know when elections are happening and have the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, update your voter registration information or apply for your absentee ballot!


The Graham Center Student Fellows are the official student representatives of the Bob Graham Center. Fellows work closely with Graham Center staff to fulfill the Center’s goal of training the next generation of public and private sector leaders for Florida. Their work ranges from planning major events and organizing community service projects to advocating for change and leading discussions. Fellows enjoy opportunities for leadership experience and professional development.


The center's new online civics course, Democratic Engagement and Public Leadership, one of three credit courses being offered by the center this fall, represents a new effort to bridge the center's living curriculum of internships and research with academic coursework.


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