Welcome to LEAD– the landing sight for FSU students interested in leadership! Over the past few years, students in the Information Technology Leadership class have worked to gather data that created the model below. The model shows the various paths that students may take during their time as a student at FSU in order to become a leader: career, intern, research, employer, alumni, community, and involvement. However, we know this model is just a starting point. Opportunities at FSU expand beyond these categories and often these paths intersect. Below we have compiled lists of resources, organizations, and events that will help you in your journey to becoming a leader, including resources to help your college experience be a happy and healthy one. We hope you find some things you’re interested in and learn something new! Be sure to take our feedback survey so we can better cater this web page to your needs.
Involvement and Leadership Development
Asian American Student Union
The Asian American Student Union is a Student Government Agency of Florida State University. The AASU is currently made up of nine affiliate organizations, including a multicultural fraternity and sorority. Throughout the year, AASU hosts educational and social events that promote Asian culture to the campus and Tallahassee community as a whole. AASU also promotes awareness of common Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues faced today.
Black Student Union
Our mission here at The Black Student Union is to be a Student Government Agency that offers black students a form of identity, and a social life. BSU functions as a vehicle of communication to the faculty and administration of Florida State University. The Black Student Union seeks to develop unity among black students so that jointly and strongly they can express concerns and problems faced on campus.
Hispanic/Latinx Student Union
The Hispanic/Latinx Student Union strives towards encouraging and enabling the academic, professional, and social success of Hispanic/Latinx students on campus. Through strengthening relationships and the cultural development of students on campus, we are able to expand our influence and ensure our growth.
Pride Student Union
Established in 1969, Pride Student Union is Florida State University’s largest and most prominent LGBTQ+ student-run organization. We are one of the six Executive Agencies of the Student Government Association. Our mission is to advocate for, empower, and provide community spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in Tallahassee. We are located in the Agency Space on the fourth floor of the Thagard Building while the Union is under construction.
Women Student Union
The Women Student Union fosters the growth of women personally, professionally, and politically. The WSU will celebrate the power existing within every woman to promote self-autonomy, denounce all limitations, educate on systems of oppression, and advocate inclusivity within a diverse community. WSU facilitates a network among organizations, departments, and services to embrace, engage, and empower.
Multicultural Greek Council
The MGC works hand in hand with many different sororities and fraternities on our campus but most importantly consists of ten culturally-based organizations. These organizations all strive to benefit the FSU community in their own unique way. Not only do they serve a purpose but also come together in our council to serve the FSU community through philanthropies and community service.
Panhellenic serves as the governing body for the 17 NPC member organizations at Florida State. As it says in our mission, we focus on community service, scholarship, leadership in many areas, friendship through fraternal bonds, and social awareness.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) at Florida State University is the governing body for 14 men’s fraternities on campus. The Interfraternity Council is dedicated to the academic and social development of its respective fraternities and their members. Members of IFC organizations are active in every aspect of campus.
Lady Spirithunters is an organization dedicated to spreading spirit and tradition at Florida State University. We are a registered organization at FSU and work very closely with both athletics and the university community. We are a non-Greek, non-religious, non-profit organization that strives to achieve a single goal: to promote and spread Seminole spirit and traditions by bridging the present with both the past and the future.
Student Alumni Association
The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a student organization that fosters spirit, tradition and pride throughout the university. Our objective is to provide activities and programs to FSU students that can assist in their development as leaders, scholars and future alumni. All current FSU undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to be a part of SAA and joining is one of the first steps to becoming a Seminole Forever.
The organizations listed above are just a few ways you can get involved on FSU’s campus. On Nole Central, you can search any of your interests and find a Recognized Student Organization that fits your interests! With over 750 RSOs, you’re liable to find something to fit your niche.
Freshman Leadership Institute
The Freshman Leadership Institute (FLI) is an executive project within the Student Government Association at Florida State University. The program encompasses weekly workshops, a weekend retreat, family groups, and a peer mentor program for student participants. This unique opportunity allows freshmen to make connections and build relationships with other FSU students interested in leadership development.
Leadership Learning in the Outdoors for Group and Individual Change, better known as Leadership LOGIC, is a two-day overnight leadership development program at no cost to students. Specifically, LOGIC caters to FSU students who have not participated in a leadership development program before. It is a great way to explore leadership knowledge and skills through individual, small group, and large group interactions.
LeaderShape® at Florida State University hosts a session of the Institute which challenges participants to lead with integrity while working toward a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore not only what they want to do, but also who they want to be. During the week, participants will have an opportunity to meet and work with more than 70 students from diverse backgrounds, as well as create a personal vision—an individual commitment to creating a positive change in the world. The Institute is designed to provide an environment that encourages personal leadership development.
ACC Leadership Symposium
The Atlantic Coast Conference has long supported the efforts of its member institutions in developing student leaders – through athletics and campus life. Through the support of the ACC, each year five undergraduate student leaders (accompanied by a faculty/staff adviser) from each ACC university gather at a host university to study and teach, to swap, and share both leadership strategies and knowledge regarding a specific social issue.
Service Leadership Seminar
Over the first four days of the seminar participants will explore general service, environmental & animal/non-human service, domestic human service, and international (locally-based) human service. On each day, campus presentations and workshops will be incorporated to assist with predicting and connecting on-campus experiences with community engagement. On the fifth day, participants will make meaning of their time with the seminar by presenting out how they plan to further develop their service leadership passions.
Women’s Leadership Institute
Rooted in the belief that leadership is learned through experience, education, and reflection, WLI will focus on women’s leadership development, create a dynamic learning environment, and invite FSU women students to learn with and from FSU women faculty, staff, and alumni.
Multicultural Leadership Summit
The Multicultural Leadership Summit, held on the Florida State University campus, focuses on building a foundation of knowledge that will enhance student success in leadership in the areas of multiculturalism and social justice. The summit provides opportunities for participants to learn about their identities and how they impact the ways in which they choose to show up in the world each day. MLS educates participants to empower them to be agents of social change in an increasingly diverse and global community.
Leadership Studies Certificate
The Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies is an 18-credit, interdisciplinary, multidimensional, and experiential program open to all Florida State undergraduate students. The certificate program prepares students for leadership in multiple contexts and uses practical experience and service-learning projects to frame leadership learning within the context of social change. Upon completion, the Leadership Certificate appears on students’ academic transcripts.
Honors and Research
University Honors Program
The FSU Honors Program identifies intellectually curious students who have the potential, dedication, and drive for creating change and provides them with holistic development through enriching experiences in and beyond the classroom. We offer training, support, and opportunities to develop students who are scholars, leaders, innovators, and lifelong learners.
Honors Experience Program
The Honors Experience Program is an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based, and state-of-the-art curriculum supported by an extensive co-curricular program. HEP provides students with close mentorship by faculty, a strong sense of belonging and community, and the ability to integrate their intellectual and personal passions into their coursework.
Honors in the Major
Students earn Honors in the Major by completing a research thesis or creative project in your major area of study under the guidance of a faculty committee. You will work with this committee to select a topic, develop a prospectus, complete a written document based on your research or creative project, and defend your thesis orally before your committee. This process normally takes two to three semesters, during which you will register for six to nine hours of 4000-level thesis credit. Once you have completed and successfully defended your project, you will graduate “with honors” in your major, a distinction that is announced during commencement and designated on your official transcript (not your diploma).
This web page lists all scholastic, leadership, and department-based honor societies that have chapters at FSU. Honor societies are a great way to build a network of people with similar interests as you, as well as get involved in service and social opportunities.
Garnet and Gold Key Leadership Honorary
The mission of Garnet and Gold Key is to recognize members of the Florida State University for their outstanding contributions in the areas of leadership, service, spirit, and scholastics; and to promote those activities, which foster further progress in these areas. While you can only apply for membership as a junior or senior, you may also participate in Torch Night, which is GGK’s honor for freshmen who have leadership experience prior to attending FSU. Torch Night recipients will also be paired with a GGK member that will help the freshman student learn more about leadership and campus life at FSU.
Garnet and Gold Scholar Society
The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society facilitates involvement and recognizes the engaged, well-rounded undergraduate student who excels within and beyond the classroom in the areas of International, Internship, Leadership, Research, and Service. An undergraduate student who meets the criteria in three of the five areas and completes a Synthesis Reflection will qualify to graduate as a member of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society.
Research and Innovation
FSU Research and Creative Activity
Research and Creative Activity is about discovery. It’s about having an idea and finding the right environment in which to explore that idea. At FSU, we take great pride in our ability to provide supportive environments for the exploration of all types of ideas; and with approximately $200 million in research expenditures each year, and more than 50 prominent research centers and institutes calling our campuses home, FSU continues to be one of the top idea-incubators in the nation.
Office of Research
The Florida State University Office of Research is the administrative arm that supports these researchers in their scientific and creative endeavors. Managing on average more than $200 million in research awards from state, federal, and private sources, the Office of Research staff focuses its efforts on helping faculty move their work forward at every stage of the research process from identifying potential funding opportunities to protecting intellectual property to identifying potential industry partners.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
Florida State University provides high-achieving students an engaging community with the flexibility and funding opportunities to explore their full range of interests. Our award-winning professors focus on student success with opportunities such as undergraduate research, which launches students into the fascinating world of a research university.
IDEA grants fund research, creative projects, and the development or evaluation of new or existing ideas. FSU undergraduate students in all majors can apply for an FSU IDEA Grant (formerly URCAA, MRCE, PRSF).
Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
The Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) was founded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Florida State University Chapter of the FGLSAMP program is part of a nationwide alliance that began in the fall of 1992. The program’s mission is to increase the number of minority students who complete undergraduate STEM degrees and to enhance the preparation of FGLSAMP STEM majors for graduate education opportunities.
The Tech Fellows program exposes students to the everyday work of product development, entrepreneurship, and ecosystem building. As a fellow, you will spend a dynamic summer embedded with an ecosystem building organization and work alongside startup companies. The summer internship (minimum 20 hours per week) may be face-to-face or virtual depending on the matching process between program partners and the Tech Fellows.
Design For America
Design for America at Florida State University (DFA-FSU) is part of a national network of universities across the country that uses human-centered design to make a meaningful social impact on the FSU campus and the larger Tallahassee community. Students from interdisciplinary teams work with campus and local community partners to tackle pressing, real-world challenges.
Internship, Employment, and Career
Career Liasons are industry-specific career advisors that are available in most colleges. These liaisons can help you decide on a carrer, review your resume or cover letter, and advise you on any career opportunities you may encounter.
ProfessioNole Ready is the Career Center’s online badging series that helps students learn and develop the career-ready skills valued by employers and in other professional settings, such as graduate school. Students and alumni can sign-up to complete the ProfessioNole Ready canvas modules and assignments, and earn badges to share their level of career preparedness.
This resource allows students who may not have business attire with them to borrow clothes at the university to take professional headshots to post to their LinkedIn/ProffesioNole accounts.
The online learning site offers thousands of online videos taught by industry experts. Courses range from beginner to advanced and cover a vast array of business, software, and creative skills—from professional certificates to personal hobbies
Career Center Events
Explore career opportunities in a variety of industries, connect with local and national employers, and chart your path to success at one of our many career events. All events are open to FSU students, alumni, and community members unless stated otherwise.
The Career Center offers many career and job search workshops designed to assist you with your career development.
Prepare for the Next Step
The Career Center is available to assist you in building your skills and taking that next step in your career. With multiple resources to choose from that will bolster your resume, LinkedIn, and more!
Resumes and Cover Letters
Resumes and cover letters are key elements in executing an effective opportunity search. The Career Center has both online tools and in-person assistance that can help you to develop your professional documents.
The best way to prepare for post-graduate opportunities is to practice your interview skills. Our interview preparation resources allow you to hone your interviewing skills while developing confidence in your ability to deliver strong interview performances.
Explore career opportunities in a variety of industries, connect with local and national employers, and chart your path to success at one of our many career events. All events are open to FSU students, alumni, and community members, unless stated otherwise.
Tally Job Hop
The Tally Job Hop is a one day tour for students to visit some of North Florida’s top businesses who are looking for interns and employees from our local universities. At each stop, students learn about a company’s corporate culture, what type of projects they are working on, and most importantly, what types of internships and jobs are available.
Through the generous support of FSU’s leadership and administration, the InternFSU program provides high impact experiential learning opportunities for students to gain professional experience on-campus complimentary to their field of study or career goals. Students who participate in InternFSU will gain knowledge and skills related to career decision making and critical career competencies while in college.
This site allows you to use your FSU ID to login and make a page similar to linked in. From there, people that are looking specifically for FSU students for internships can easily find you and reach out, as well as you can reach out to them.
The FSU Career Portfolio prepares students for the world of work through planning, reflection, skill development, and portfolio documentation. Building your Career Portfolio helps you get organized, showcase your skills and accomplishments, and stand out from the crowd. The Career Portfolio is also beneficial for interview preparation, enabling you to more effectively articulate your qualifications, skills, and abilities to employers and graduate schools.
Job shadowing, also known as an externship, allows students to observe full-time professionals on-the-job and experience a typical workday or workweek. Job shadowing is a form of experiential learning where students can “try on” various work environments within their projected career fields and can gain information helpful to career decisions like choosing a major, occupation, or industry.
Job Shadow Recognition Program
Gaining recognition for your experience enables you to document your work and use the experience as part of the foundation of your career development. Recognition programs often offer a structured, guided process for reflection and feedback on workplace learning, performance, and accomplishments. It also provides an achievement to include on your resume and career portfolio.
Community and International
Service Opportunities (On Campus)
Sustainable Tallahassee seeks to engage interns to partner with us as we strive to promote environmental stewardship and economic vitality through education and collaboration in these areas: renewable energy alternatives, support local food efforts, education and promotion of local recycling, reducing and reusing programs, and emphasize of alternative transportation methods
Community Ambassador Program
Community ambassadors link local nonprofit agencies with the people, programs, and resources on FSU’s campus
EngageTLH allows students to get involved in regular or one-time service in the Tallahassee community, with different projects to choose from almost daily.
Florida State Alternative Breaks
FSAB participants will practice active citizenship by grounding their engagement in intersectional and contextual knowledge of a community need, partnering with host community members to create meaningful change, and engaging in sustained social change practices after returning to their home communities.
Provides undergraduate and graduate students at Florida State University the opportunity to focus 8-12 weeks of their summer on service at a non-profit agency.
PeaceJam is an international education program built around Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The goal of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of leaders who will transform themselves, their local communities, and the world.
The Service Scholar Program is designed to promote civic responsibility as an integral part of a liberal arts education at Florida State University and to recognize students with an outstanding record of service and leadership. Admission to the program is reserved for first-year students who have demonstrated excellence in service and leadership in planning and promoting community involvement among their peers.
New times call for new ways of service. At the center, we’re working to continue to connect students with shifting community needs so our neighbors can get the help they most need in this unprecedented time of social distancing.
Youth Programs makes a wonderful difference in the lives of students in grades K-12 served by Leon County Schools. All mentors gain valuable experiences, including interacting with children, providing a much-needed service in schools and after-school programs, and learning and applying tutoring skills in reading, writing, math, and science.
Kesem is a nationwide community driven by over 4,500 passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.
Relay for Life
Relay For Life is an annual event that brings together organizations, students, and faculty from all areas of campus to join in the fight against cancer. This year-long fundraiser for the American Cancer Society ends with our signature 12-hour celebration
We, Dance Marathon 2021, will unify as one to foster collaboration, inclusivity, appreciation, and change within our organization, the Tallahassee community, and Florida State University
The Big Event
As volunteers, you will have the opportunity to join hundreds of diverse students and faculty from FAMU, TCC, and FSU as you engage in meaningful service throughout the Tallahassee community. Through our partnerships with residents and nonprofits in Tallahassee, there are a variety of ways for everyone to be able to give back to their community in a unique and positive way
Other Service on NoleCentral
This website allows you to search through many clubs and organizations to choose a perfect fit for you!
Service Opportunities (Off Campus)
College of Medicine Volunteer Opportunities
This is a list of some of the organizations in Tallahassee where health professional students have volunteered in the past. Some are clinical others are direct community service and some are a combination of both.
Alzheimer’s Project, Inc. (AP) exists to provide comfort, support, and assistance to persons with memory disorders and their caregivers in the Big Bend area. There are various ways to volunteer and get involved with this organization.
American Cancer Society
As an American Cancer Society volunteer, you can honor a survivor or a loved one lost to cancer and help save the lives of people in your community and around the world.
Second Harvest of the Big Bend is a 501c (3) nonprofit charity formed to address the urgent problem of hunger in the community. Second Harvest food bank feeds the hungry in 11 counties of the Big Bend through our network of 135 partner agencies.
Ability1st is the Center for Independent Living of North Florida. The goal of all Centers for Independent Living is to empower people with disabilities to take charge of their lives and guide their own destinies. They are a community-based non-profit organization that provides services to people with varying disabilities in Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties.
Emergency Care Help Organization
ECHO Outreach Ministries serves in crisis and poverty in Leon County and has done so since April 1981. They offer professional services through programs providing emergency relief and family sustainability to impoverished Leon County residents, and the homeless
Guardian ad Litem
GAL provides advocates for children in the court system. These volunteers act as the voice for the child and have their best interests in mind.
Leon County Volunteer Services
Volunteer Services connects citizens with opportunities to serve both with Leon County Government and with more than 300 other public and private nonprofits.
Big Bend Mentoring
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.
Tallahassee Animal Services Volunteer Opportunities
There are a handful of ways to volunteer with Tallahassee Animal Services from helping out at shelters to being an animal photographer or special events volunteer.
Florida State University International Programs (FSUIP) has over 60 years of experience in International Education. Our students travel around the globe to study every imaginable subject from international leaders in their fields. They learn to embrace new cultures, languages, and customs, and return home as fully engaged citizens of the world.
Florida State University recognizes the importance of preparing students to be successful citizens in the global society of the 21st century and supports international study and intercultural experiences as an integral part of the academic, social, and cultural development process of university education. That is why Florida State University is committed to supporting students who want to go abroad and develop global competencies.
In addition to degree-seeking students, FSU hosts many international exchange students, Fulbright students, the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, and students in short-term programs. Our students are highly talented, earning accolades for their high-quality work in teaching and research. Our students are also recognized for outstanding performance, creative genius, and amazing talent in the arts and athletics, and scientific contributions in their fields.
Global Learning Opportunities
FSU College of Business has many global learning opportunities including the College of Business Global Exchange, Graduate Level Global Business Seminar (GBS), International Accounting with EY, and University-Wide Global Exchange.
Develop a deeper understanding of another culture through this short-term cultural exchange. Host incoming international students from Jamaica or Germany on FSU’s campus; share American culture and the experience of living on-campus at FSU. Then travel abroad and experience cultural immersion with the same international students in their home country; explore either Jamaica or Germany, participate in activities and events with host students, such as visiting local museums and historical sites, hiking, and making day trips to nearby towns
FSU Global allows students to study at one of over 45 international partner universities as an exchange student and benefit from living and learning in another culture.
Center for Global Engagement Programs
Our Center offers a number of different educational programs for students that aim to increase awareness and understanding of various global issues and develop intercultural knowledge, skills, and capacities. From an intercultural dialogue series to cultural presentations, international and U.S. students are involved in a variety of ongoing, co-curricular learning opportunities. We welcome you to explore our programs further and become globally engaged!
Other Student Resources
Student Affairs Website
This website contains a list of resources that students can access whether it is looking to get more involved or looking for academic help as well as available extracurricular activities.
The Center for Leadership and Social Change
The Center for Leadership & Social Change transforms lives through identity development, leadership education, and community engagement. We encourage students to learn, serve, and transform through programming that encompasses leadership, diversity, and service.
We offer more than 30 programs intended to foster opportunities and vision to create positive, sustainable change in their communities and the broader world. Opportunities range from one-time service at local nonprofits to year-long training and leadership roles. We offer training on such topics as leadership development, identity and cultural competence, service learning, and community change.
Student Orgs and Involvement
The Office of Student Organizations and Involvement at Florida State University is more than just a place. Our office serves as a guide for Florida State students in molding and creating their FSU experience.
Health and Wellness
University Health Services is a resource that students can use if they ever get sick or need any medical advice/help. The Health and Wellness Center is a resource students can use and think of as a doctor’s office. If a student is feeling ill they can go to the health and wellness center for a check-up. University Health Services is also issuing testing and appointments through virtual sessions during this time.
The Center for Health Advocacy & Wellness at University Health Services encourages students to make healthy lifestyle decisions that facilitate academic success and lead to life-long health and wellness. The Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness provides quality, research-based wellness services and Health Promotion programs available to all FSU students.
FSU Counseling Center
The Florida State University Counseling center is home to full-time psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, treatment coordinators, and a mental health education coordinator.
Finding your favorite way to move is essential to your college success. It’s more than breaking a sweat – exercise helps you sleep better, lowers stress levels, and increases focus. Hit the gym on your own, get a fitness coach or personal trainer, workout with friends in a small group, or join a fitness class. There’s something for every interest and ability in Campus Rec!
FSU Libraries are a resource students can use if they are looking for academic journals, websites, books, etc. This is a perfect website to use if you are required to use an academic resource in papers or if you are looking for a particular study/book.
FSU Special Collections and Archives
The Special Collections & Archives Division of the Florida State University Libraries advances research by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to rare and unusual books and original primary source materials. The division includes the Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Heritage & University Archives, The Claude Pepper Library, and the Digital Library Center. Through exhibitions and programs, the division supports active learning and engagement.
FSU Innovation Hub
The Innovation Hub is an on-campus and online community for innovation using Design Thinking and emerging technologies. Located in the Shores Building, The Innovation Hub is a place for small classes, study space, access to 3D printing, virtual reality gaming, and more!
The Career Center
The FSU Career Center provides comprehensive career services to students, alumni, employers, faculty/staff, and other members of the FSU community.
Askew Student Life Center
Located in the heart of FSU’s campus, the Askew Student Life Center houses many exciting and important student services: The Student Life Cinema, Cyber Cafe, and The Grindhouse. Movies are FREE for FSU students with valid FSU ID, $6 for general admission, and $3 for FSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni. You can also check out our various committees here to get more involved!
Center for Global Engagement
The CGE provides orientation, immigration advising, and ongoing support to over 2,500 international students and family members as well as to over 300 international scholars and faculty. We also offer a variety of educational, social and cultural programs for all students throughout the year. Our goal is to promote interaction among students of all cultures and help develop a culturally enriching learning environment throughout the FSU community.
Club Downunder/Union Productions
Union Productions is FSU’s student-run programming board! Our former on-campus venue, Club Downunder, was one of the most respected in the nation, and as we go through renovations we will be hosting concerts, comedians, special events, and more on campus and around Tallahassee. Over fifty students oversee every aspect of the organization: from planning and producing events and marketing and promotions, to sound production and hospitality. This means that everything that goes into making Union Productions’ events fantastic—from booking performers to setting up dressing rooms, to coordinating audio-visual requests, to advertising lineups—is all orchestrated by a dedicated group of FSU undergraduates.