USF World News

USF Student Headed to Croatia on Embassy Internship
April 21, 2011

Tamara Simunovic, a Junior international studies major, has received her security clearance and will soon be headed to Zagreb, Croatia, to intern in the United States Embassy through the Department of State Internship program this summer.

Her international background and great interest in a career in international affairs and public policy made Tamara an excellent candidate for this program.  In addition for applying for numerous scholarships, she has been part of Student Government as Associate Director for Governmental Affairs this year as well.

Dr. Linda Lucas works with candidates for this prestigious program and is the Director of the Office of National Scholarships. She said, “We recommend that students come early in their University career to begin to build their profile to be competitive.  Using our new profile system, which students access through our website,, we are able to help them target the scholarships that fit them best. There are many opportunities for outstanding students as early as freshman year to apply for merit scholarships to study or research abroad as well as for graduate school. The USF Office of National Scholarships in collaboration with the Education Abroad Office consults with students to identify study abroad programs and strengthen their applications to these prestigious scholarships.” Contact Dr. Lucas at

The next USF Deadline for the Department of State Internship Program is in early Fall.  Students should alert the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) of their interest as soon as possible. 

There are a number of other scholarships for students interested in political science or international studies.  The Truman scholarship is for students planning a career in public service and pays up to $30,000 for graduate school.  Pickering and Rangel scholarships are for students interested in foreign affairs and provide summer internships and funding.  Fulbright will send recent graduates abroad to study, research or teach for a year.  Freshmen and Sophomores may apply for the Fulbright UK program, which will send students to study in the UK for 4-6 weeks during the summer. More information on these scholarships and many more can be found at the Office of National Scholarships website:

For more information on the Undergraduate Scholars award or merit scholarships, contact Penny Carlton, MFA, or Dr. Linda Lucas at the Office of National Scholarships by phone (813) 974-3087 or by email in person at SVC 1088 and online at to get the competitive edge.

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Office of National Scholarships                                      
Ms  Penny Carlton
Tel:  (813) 974-3087
Tamara Simunovic can be reached for comment at 727-847-3850