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Press Release for Friday, August 13, 2010

UNF Student Among Sixth Class of Gubernatorial Fellows

Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102



Governor Charlie Crist recently announced University of North Florida senior Arielle Schneider is among the members of the sixth class of the Gubernatorial Fellowship Program. Students participating in the program will gain first-hand experience in how state government operates.


“I commend these outstanding students for their achievements in the classroom and their enthusiasm for serving the people of Florida,” said Gov. Crist. “Public service is an honor, as well as a great responsibility, and the Gubernatorial Fellows program is a unique way for students to gain valuable on-the-job experience while learning about the positive impact public service has on the lives of all Floridians.”


Schneider, a Jacksonville Beach resident, has a double major at UNF in English/Political Science and is among 13 students selected for this prestigious program. She was the only student picked from the Northeast Florida area and is only the second UNF student to be selected as a fellow. Her role in the fellowship program will be to provide analysis and recommendations for the Independent Living Program as a part of the Department of Children and Families in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Operations.


“I am delighted to have been chosen as one of Governor Crist’s Gubernatorial Fellows and to start my work in public service even as I complete my undergraduate studies at UNF and begin law school,” said Schneider. “This opportunity is unique and unrivaled, as it provides the impetus and path to become intricately involved in the inter-workings of governance and legislation that affects Floridians of today and looks into the future for the Floridians of tomorrow.”


Schneider has served as the president of the Pre-Law Students Society; president, Students for International Progress; vice president, University Honors Scholar Society; vice president, Kappa Alpha Theta; and associate chief justice, Student Government Association. Schneider recently returned from Egypt as a Rotary Cultural Ambassador Scholar and will begin law school in August 2011.


Students were selected for the fellowship through a competitive application process that evaluated their ability to show strong leadership, written and oral communication skills, community activism and a desire to serve the people of Florida. These Fellows will work in the executive office of the Governor or in state agencies, depending on their areas of study and interest.


Fellows will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours each week and will receive an hourly wage for their time on the job. To broaden the Fellows’ exposure to state government and enhance their experience, they will also meet weekly as a group to participate in educational activities such as presentations, press conferences, budget briefings and policy briefings.


The program begins August 16 and runs through May 13, 2011, during which time students are enrolled in classes, either at Florida State University or Florida A&M University in Tallahassee or through distance learning courses through their home institutions.

For more information and eligibility requirements for the Gubernatorial Fellowship Program, please visit or call the Gubernatorial Fellows office at (850) 410-0501.