Student Internship Grant Program

2022 Grant Application Deadline: March 28, 2022

The Executive Council of the City, County and Local Government Law Section of The Florida Bar provides annual grants to local government attorney offices in the State of Florida to fund paid college student or law student internships. The funds are awarded from an established pool of budgeted funds to those applicants that best demonstrate that the student will be afforded an opportunity to gain insight into the practice of local government law. 

Eligible applicants are limited to attorney’s offices of counties, cities, school boards and special taxing districts.  Attorneys and/or law firms representing these entities as outside counsel are not eligible to apply.  The student must be a full or part-time college or law school student.

If your office would like to apply for this grant, please fill out THIS APPLICATION and send it by the annual deadline listed above to:

    Ricky Libbert
    Program Administrator
    The Florida Bar
    651 E. Jefferson St.
    Tallahassee, FL  32399
    Telephone:  850/561-5631
    Fax:  850/561-5825
    E-mail:  rlibbert@floridabar.org

NOTE: Submission of a complete grant application does not guarantee the award of a grant.

CITY, COUNTY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW SECTION GRANT PROGRAM DETAILS

OBJECTIVES:

The City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar seeks to enhance students’ educational experience in the areas of local government law, the process of the law, civic responsibility and interest in the study and practice of law as a career by providing grants for student internships. These internships will afford students an incomparable opportunity to view firsthand, and to gain insight into, the practice of local government law.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Stipends:  Grant amounts depend on number of applications received. The maximum budget for stipends per year is $25,000.00.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

The grant may only be used for the student internships as a stipend to the student and for expenses directly associated with and benefiting the internship. 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  Local government offices eligible to apply are limited to attorney’s offices of counties, cities, school boards and special taxing districts.  Attorneys and/or law firms representing these entities as outside counsel are not eligible to apply.  The student must be a full or part-time college or law school student or a high school graduate with confirmed admission to a college or university.

Documentation:  An accounting of the use of monies must be made and submitted, along with a student evaluation of the internship, to the Executive Council within 60 days of the completion of the internship.

APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Application Procedure:  Applications must be completed and received by the annual deadline established by the Section. All applications must be made and submitted to the program administrator for the Executive Council of the City, County and Local Government Law Section.

Award Procedure:  Applications for stipends recommended for approval are awarded directly by the Executive Council of the City, County and Local Government Law Section to the applicant, subject to the availability and appropriation of funds.

Timeline:  Approval of grant applications will be announced no later than the annual deadline. Successful applicants will be required to sign a grant agreement.   Funds must be expended within the indicated time frame on the application or returned to the Section. 

INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ricky Libbert
Program Administrator
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson St.
Tallahassee, FL  32399
Telephone:  850/561-5631
Fax:  850/561-5825

Please contact the Grants Committee Chair with questions!