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Jacksonville University 2800 University Blvd North
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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(800) 225-2027 ext. 7000

MPP Internship Opportunities

JU MPP students can meet the internship requirement through diverse experiences, including study abroad, qualifying clerkships and work for policy-oriented organizations. In addition, JU PPI has established a network of public, private and non-profit organizations that will be providing summer internships to JU MPP students. Organizations providing internships to JU MPP students include the following:

  1. Florida’s Fourth Congressional District, Congressman Ander Crenshaw 

    Florida's Fourth Congressional District includes most of Jacksonville along with a portion of North Florida. The district also includes all of Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Madison, Nassau, and Union counties and portions of Duval, Jefferson, and Leon counties. The district is represented by Republican Ander Crenshaw.

    Ander Crenshaw is currently in his sixth term representing a district that stretches from Jacksonville to Tallahassee. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Prior to coming to Congress, Congressman Crenshaw worked both in the private sector, as an investment banker, and served as an elected official in the State Legislature. His life in public service ultimately led to the Florida State Senate where he served as the state’s first Republican President of the Senate. Representative Crenshaw was first elected to Congress in 2000.

  2. Florida’s  Fifth Congressional District, Congresswoman Corrine Brown 

    Florida's Fifth Congressional District comprises all of Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties and most of Lake, Levy, and Pasco counties and portions of Marion and Polk counties. The district includes northern exurbs of Tampa and western exurbs of Orlando within the high-growth Interstate 4 Corridor. The district is represented by Democrat Corrine Brown.

    Congresswoman Brown was elected to Congress in 1992. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Congresswoman Brown served in the Florida House of Representatives for ten years before coming to Washington. Congresswoman Brown attended the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. She also received a Master's Degree and an Education Specialist Degree from the University of Florida and an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Edward Waters College. She has been a faculty member at Florida Community College of Jacksonville, the University of Florida, and Edward Waters College.

  3. Governor’s Office, State of Florida, Governor Rick Scott 

    The Governor of the State of Florida is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch, and the highest state office in Florida. Florida is the nation’s fourth largest state with approximately 19 million people and a budget of approximately $70 billion a year.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott is the 45th and current governor of Florida. He was elected in 2010 comes up for re-election in November 2014. Before becoming governor, Governor Scott ran Solantic Corporation, a network of Florida urgent care centers, which he co-founded in 2001. From 1997 to 2001, he owned a controlling share in America's Health Network, a media company later known as Discovery Health. He previously headed Columbia Hospital Corporation, a conglomeration of 340 hospitals, from its founding in 1987 to 1997. Governor Scott holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University.

  4. Mayor’s Office, City of Jacksonville, Mayor Alvin Brown 

    The City of Jacksonville has a strong mayor form of government is the only consolidate government in Florida. The mayor is the city’s chief executive officer and the head of the executive branch. The operating budget of the consolidated government is approximately $4.5 billion a year.

    Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown took office July 1, 2011. Prior to his election, Mayor Brown served as an Executive in Residence at Jacksonville University’s Davis School of Business. He is the past president and CEO of the Willie Gary Classic Foundation, an organization that helps provide scholarships for historically black colleges.

    Mayor Brown also served as the executive director of the Bush/Clinton Katrina Interfaith Fund and as chairman of the board of the National Black MBA Association

    In Washington, D.C., Mayor Brown served as a senior member of the Clinton-Gore Administration beginning in 1993.

  5. The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS)​

    The Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) is the public school district for Duval County and operates 183 schools and serves approximately 125,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and culturally diverse world. Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti was selected as Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) in September of 2012.​

  6. St. Johns River Water Management District

    Water is the common bond that brings together Florida’s diverse population. As our state grows, properly managing water resources continues to be critical to our overall quality of life. The groundwork for managing water resources was laid in the early 1970s when Florida’s voters and lawmakers recognized the importance of managing the state’s water resources in a way that would benefit everyone. Through passage of the Water Resources Act (Chapter 373, Florida Statutes), the water management districts were created in 1972 for this purpose. In northeast and east-central Florida, that responsibility falls to the St. Johns River Water Management District.

    The vision of the Jacksonville Port Authority is to be a major economic engine in Northeast Florida by continuing to be a premier diversified port in the Southeastern United States, with connections to major trade lanes throughout the world. 

  7. JaciStock_000004355425Medium.jpgksonville Port Authority (JPA)

    The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is one of the largest seaports on the east coast of the United States. It is an independent government agency created by the Florida legislature, operates primarily as a landlord, managing the upkeep, improvement and expansion of Port Authority facilities and coordinating their use by private companies. The physical facilities owned by JAXPORT include docks and wharfs, cranes, a passenger cruise terminal, warehouses, paved open storage areas and road connections to the public highway system. The Port Authority provides and maintains the terminals and their equipment and manages the overall use of the facilities.

    The day-to-day operations of JAXPORT are not funded with public dollars. Private companies fund the port's operating expenses by paying for the use of port facilities through user fees, leases and other charges. JAXPORT's operating revenues less operating expenses yield positive net income each year.

    The vision of the Jacksonville Port Authority is to be a major economic engine in Northeast Florida by continuing to be a premier diversified port in the Southeastern United States, with connections to major trade lanes throughout the world.

  8. JEA

    The JEA is largest public utility in the state of Florida and seventh largest in the nation.  It serves an estimated 420,000 electric, 305,000 water and 230,000 sewer customers in Northeast Florida. It is a “not-for-profit, community-owned” utility. JEA was created by the City of Jacksonville to serve those who live in Jacksonville and in the surrounding communities. The sole purpose of JEA is to ensure the electric, water and sewer demands of its customers are met, both today and for generations to come. JEA’s goal is to provide reliable services at a good value for its customers while ensuring the areas’ natural resources are protected.

  9. Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

    The Jacksonville Transportation Authority, an independent state agency serving Duval County, has multi-modal responsibilities. JTA designs and constructs bridges and highways and provides varied mass transit services. These include express and regular bus service, community shuttles for a neighborhood ride, a downtown Skyway monorail, the Trolley service, the Stadium Shuttle for various sporting events at Jacksonville Stadium, Para transit for the disabled and elderly, and Ride Request on demand services.

  10. The Community Foundation        

    Founded in 1964, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville is the oldest community foundation in Florida, serving the citizens of Jacksonville and surrounding Northeast Florida. Today, The Community Foundation is home to over 360 individual funds, holds more than $141 million in assets and has made more than $166 million in grants.

  11. Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI)

    JCCI, a private non-profit, seeks to improve the quality of life in Northeast Florida by positive change resulting from the informed participation of citizens in community life, through open dialogue, impartial research, and consensus building. Its annual reports document trends in quality of life indicators and are used to inform strategic planning and to guide policy making in Jacksonville.

  12. The Fiorentino Group (TFG)

    TFG is a full service government relations and business development firm providing a broad range of consulting services to clients looking to influence public policy and create new business opportunities.  Their team of advocates is one of the largest in the state and has decades of experience in state, local and federal government relations and new business development.

  13. CSX Corporation (Fortune 500 Company)

    CSX Corporation, together with its subsidiaries based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading transportation suppliers. The company’s rail and intermodal businesses provide rail-based transportation services including traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers.
    Overall, the CSX Transportation network encompasses about 21,000 route miles of track in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Our transportation network serves some of the largest population centers in the nation. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live within CSX’s service territory.

  14. hospital_inside.jpgFlorida Blue​

    Florida Blue is a leader in Florida’s health industry and is a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., it is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 38 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for 100 million members – one-in-three Americans. Recently, the company established the Florida Blue Center for Health Policy

  15. Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF)

    The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) is an independent nonprofit organization that works to connect research with civic voice to bring about unified action in support of universally high-quality public schools for all children in Duval County. JPEF believes that an informed and active citizenry, together with attentive and aligned community leadership, will move public schools forward to prepare students with the skills they need for future success. Three core strategies form the basis of JPEF’s work: research, community mobilization and advocacy.