Named for former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, the LeMieux Center for Public Policy provides opportunities and connections that launch powerful careers for PBA graduates every year. You’ll learn directly from esteemed policy experts and global thought leaders from a broad spectrum of disciplines. This experience will offer you a higher level of preparation for a future in areas such as public policy, law, business and servant leadership.
The Freidheim Fellows Program for the The LeMieux Center for Public Policy offers two undergraduate students each year the chance to set themselves apart. As a Freidheim Fellows, you’ll work directly with Senator LeMieux on choosing, researching and publishing a paper on a topic of public importance. The Fellowship includes a stipend of up to $2,500 to cover the expenses, such as travel, incurred during the course.
The Congressional Internship Program will place you in Washington D.C. where you’ll intern with members of Congress and officials in the executive branch. Prior to the internship, you’ll engage in a two-week course which provides individualized preparation with PBA faculty, elected officials, policy experts and experienced staff members.
Each year the LeMieux Center hosts a lecture series that provide forums for PBA students to interact with leading experts and thinkers. Recent speakers include historian John Meacham, Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan, presidential advisor David Gergen, publisher Steve Forbes, columnist George Will and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.
PBA, in consultation with the U.S. Senate Historical Office, is home to Senator LeMieux’s senatorial papers which are housed in Warren Library.
The Center’s namesake, former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, recently released his new book "Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State."
The 2017-2018 Freidheim Fellows were Ariana Fernandez and Sarah Murray, who researched issues concerning individual freedoms, values, rights, and religious liberties in the U.S.