Fellows Program

The Institute of Politics undergraduate fellows program provides opportunities for students to interact with faculty and other students, as well as with eminent figures in the community.

The undergraduate fellows program seeks to encourage students to understand the significance of government and civic engagement at all levels, and politics in general, through internship and research opportunities.

Undergraduate fellows will have unique opportunities to engage with experts in government and researchers about civic engagement and other political topics.

Apply Now to Become a 2022-2023 Fellow

The Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) is currently accepting applications to be an IOP@FSU Undergraduate Fellow during the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Meet our 2022 Fellows

Serena Barker
Serena Barker
Serena Barker majoring in Business Management and International Affairs from Oviedo, FL.  She is interested in getting involved in state politics or nonprofits.
Nicolas Becerra
Nicolas Becerra
Nicolas Becerra is a sophomore majoring in Economics originally from Colombia, and his hometown is Tavares, Florida. He is interested in the power of music to influence people’s political choices as well as how it could be utilized to promote democratic societies.
Johanna Carpio
Johanna Carpio
Johanna Carpio is a third-year senior from Miramar, Florida. She is pursuing a dual degree in Criminology and International Affairs with a minor in Social Welfare. After graduation, Johanna seeks to pursue a career in the fields of investigations and criminal justice reform with the hopes of promoting equity within the criminal justice system.
Elizabeth Chabot
Elizabeth Chabot is a junior from Orlando, Florida earning dual degrees in political science and public relations, with minors in philosophy and political philosophy and a certificate in emergency management and homeland security. She currently works at the Florida Board of Governors office as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator. Elizabeth also serves as the PR Director for the College of Social Sciences Student Leadership and is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta; previously she has served as a Student Senator and has worked with Torchlight Campus Policy Center.
Kennedy Cross
Kennedy Cross
Kennedy Cross is a Junior majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Political Science. I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, but her family recently moved to Houston, Texas. She is interested in going into either corporate or foreign policy law, ideally in a career that combines the two.  
Guissella Cruz
Sheila Gomez Matias
Sheila is a junior majoring in International Affairs and Finance, while also pursuing certificates in U.S. Intelligence Studies and Emergency Management and Homeland Security. She is from Lake Worth, FL and plans to attend law school after graduation. She is passionate about Indigenous advocacy and immigration, while also finding a way to incorporate the business sector within the two. 
Matthew Gonzalez
Matthew Gonzalez
Matthew Gonzalez is a senior studying Public Relations Communication and Political Science from Miami, FL. Having experience in both politics and communications, he plans on attending graduate school to study political communications in Washington, D.C.
Tashoi James
Tashoi James is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Commercial Entrepreneurship from West Palm Beach, Florida. She is interested in Grassroots advocacy that supports racial equality and criminal justice reform. Her aim is to work with the American Civil Liberty Union national security program to reform government entities that discriminate against race and supports unlawful killing and detentions. She is also passionate about finding new ways to provide youths with equal educational opportunities with less financial burdens and hopes to achieve this through the political system.
Madelyn Johnson
Madelyn Johnson
Madelyn Johnson is a senior majoring in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in History from Lawrence, Kansas. She is passionate about immigration and refugee policy as well as inclusive international development.
Griffin Leckie
Griffin Leckie
Griffin Leckie is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Affairs and a Certificate in U.S. Intelligence. He is from Orlando, Florida. Griffin has interned in all three branches of the Federal Government and hopes to enter electoral politics following law school.
Eli Mckown-Dawson
Eli Mckown-Dawson
Eli Mckown-Dawson is a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Philosophy from Delray Beach, Florida. After graduating, Eli plans to attend law school and subsequently practice corporate law while maintaining a connection to politics.
Georgina Patient
Georgina Patient is a junior majoring in International Affairs and Political Science with a minor in French from St. Petersburg, FL. Hailing from the United Kingdom, she is interested in international diplomacy, specifically examining the interrelationship of contemporary European nations.

Tatiana Perez
Tatiana Perez
Tatiana Perez is a senior majoring in Actuarial Science and Economics from Tampa, FL. She is interested in utilizing data analytics to improve the political sphere.
Hannah Robinson
Hannah Robinson
Hannah Robinson is a senior majoring in Political Science and International Affairs and earning a certificate in Emergency Management & Homeland Security from Pensacola, FL. She is interested in becoming a reform prosecutor, focusing specifically on addressing socioeconomic and racial injustices within the legal system.
Jack Rowan
Jack is a second-year senior from Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in History. After graduation, Jack plans to attend law school and seek a career in law and service to the people of Jacksonville.
Travis Waters