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.

Meet our 2020 Fellows

Dillon Bezehertny
Dillon Bezehertny

Dillon Bezehertny is a senior majoring in Political Science, minoring in communications, and completing the United States Intelligence Certificate Program. He is interested in advocating for policies that protect America’s most vulnerable and overlooked populations, guaranteeing all people are represented and treated as equals. 

Grace Findley
Grace Findley

Grace Findley is a senior majoring in Political Science with minors in economics and communications from Boca Raton, Florida. She is interested in pursuing a career in political communications to further promote civic engagement from all ages and political parties.

Andrew Flaxman
Andrew Flaxman

Andrew Flaxman is a senior majoring in History from Jupiter, Florida. He aims to work on political campaigns and for state and federal legislators and hopes his historical background can offer a unique perspective. He is interested in the historical relationships between political parties, government, and constituents and seeks to elevate voices for people that the political system has left behind.

Logan Grutchfield
Logan Grutchfield

Logan Grutchfield is a senior majoring in Political Science from Clearwater, Florida. He has worked with organizations at many different positions within the governmental process and hopes to unify the perspectives that he’s seen within those organizations during his time in the IOP.  

Jade Harris
Jade Harris

Jade Harris is a sophomore majoring in International Affairs from Pembroke Pines, Florida. Through her interests in social justice research and political campaigning, she strives to cultivate a more civil and transparent political atmosphere. 

Kali Holliday

Kali Holliday is a third-year Criminology major from Atlanta, Georgia. Currently completing her bachelors and master’s degrees, Kali hopes to write informed and empathetic crime policies, help communities heal from harmful crime policies, and increase public education on the function of the criminal justice system.

Hannah Justus

Hannah Justus is a junior majoring in Political Science and Literature. Hannah is from Naples, Florida. She is interested in working in education advocacy to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students.

Stephen Marante

Stephen Marante is a junior studying Political Science and is in the pathways program for a Master’s in Applied American Politics. Originally from Parkland, Florida Stephen’s interest in public safety and education have been a cornerstone of his work in government at the local, state, and federal level.

Elizabeth Pruitt
Elizabeth Pruitt

Elizabeth Pruitt is a sophomore majoring in International Affairs and Political Science at Florida State. Passionate about public service, she hopes to work in the foreign service field post-graduation.

Jason Puwalski
Jason Puwalski

Jason Puwalski is a freshman majoring in Political Science on a Pre-Law track. He has experience working on state and federal political campaigns and hopes to expand upon his experience and grow professionally in Tallahassee. After graduating, Jason plans to pursue a Master’s in Applied American Politics & Policy before attending law school.

Aleeke Spence
Aleeke Spence

Aleeke Spence is a senior majoring in Family and Child Sciences from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Aleeke dreams of being a political strategist and is interested in the field of Government Relations where he will advocate for education and healthcare. 

Fabian Valentin
Fabian Valentin

Fabian Valentin is a junior International Affairs major from Orlando, Florida. His experiences include working at a boutique law firm, volunteering for political campaigns, and earning an internship in the Florida House of Representatives. Following graduation, Fabian seeks to earn a J.D. to combine his interests in public policy and law with his passion for public service.

Maya Vazquez
Maya Vazquez

Maya Vazquez is a senior majoring in Political Science from Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is a prospective law student and is interested in promoting minority representation in Congress. 

Ryan Welch
Ryan Welch

Ryan Welch is a junior majoring in Political Science from Ormond Beach, Florida. Having both campaign and legal experience, she plans to attend law school and is passionate about participating in social justice.