Tips from Dr. D. 

What's the secret to getting the best letter of recommendation?  

Here are some tips:
  • After a faculty member or other individual has agreed to write a letter for you, give that person a portfolio including your resume, a brief description of the opportunity for which they are writing the letter, the date the letter is due and how it is to be delivered (request online, hard copy, etc.)
  • Include a draft of your personal statement and a short list of why you think you would be very appropriate for the position or opportunity
  • Please give the letter writer plenty of time
  • Afterwards, write a nice thank you note preferably on good stationery - and do let the them know the outcome
One another thing: A student recently drew my attention to the ePortfolio that can be created at I have not had a chance to look into it but this may be a place where you could collect info to share with a recommendation letter writer. 

Go for it!   


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Only current UF students are eligible to win $5 to Chick-fil-A, Starbucks or Publix. 

Note: The winner will be selected at 5 p.m.
Student Opportunities 

Want to get paid work experience (and paid tuition!) in a prestigious Tallahassee position? Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Information session Thursday, November 2, at 2 p.m. in Pugh 150. Sign up here:

Washington Center D.C. Internship Information Session. November 1 at 10:40 a.m. or November 2 at 11:45 a.m. in Little 119 

Civic Engagement Roundtable with Obama '08 Florida Campaign Director Steve Schale. Thursday, November 1, at 1:30 p.m. Email TJ at to sign up 

Public Service Coffee Break on November 3 at 9:30 a.m.: City of Gainesville Strategic Initiatives Director Carrie Bush. She will talk about her career and the City of Gainesville-Bob Graham Center Fellowship. Sign up here:


Projects for Peace Information Session: $10,000 to create positive change. Information session tonight at 5 in Reitz 2106 

2018 Future of Florida Summit: Focusing on our state's environment. Applications open November 1 

Are you a second year interested in research? The Reubin Askew Scholars Program provides students $3,000 to pursue a research opportunity. Applications open in the spring 

UF has two-year political campaigning master's program . Learn more  

Public Leadership Society : Meeting tonight at 7 in Little 207

"My Fulbright in Seven Minutes": Thursday, October 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Harvard Public Policy & Leadership Conference: Apply by November 8. Open to first- and second-year students. Conference is February 8 to 11 

2017-2018 Teacher/Adviser of the Year Awards: Deadline for nominations is November 17

Want to get more engaged? You can meet with someone from the Graham Center one-on-one. Email Outreach and Student Programs Coordinator TJ Pyche at

Interested in a master's in public policy or a career in international affairs? PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs) Junior Summer Program: Applications due November 1 

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Jobs and Internships

GNV4ALL is seeking a social media intern. Email TJ Pyche at for more information - great opportunity for a first- or second-year student! 

Bob Graham Center Virtual Internship: Intern anywhere from Gainesville. Applications now open! 

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