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ASU SCETL students are encouraged to arrange their own internships in consultation with the SCETL internship program. SCETL is also available to assist students in determining which internship is best for them and making applications to legislative offices in Washington DC and in state District offices.

For additional information, to discuss internship opportunities, and for assistance with internship application materials (resumes, personal statements, etc.), students may consult with the Internship program team led by Carol McNamara, SCETL Associate Director for Public Programs.

You can contact Carol by emailing carol.mcnamara@asu.edu or by calling (480) 965-0270.

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Internship | The Law Offices of Snell & Wilmer

Attend policy discussions at leading think-tanks in Washington, interact with our D.C. partners, and work closely with the Program Director and Marketing & Development Associate. Interns will also run research projects, help manage the AHS national database, support AHS’s website, and conduct social media outreach. The internship will provide practical skills, policy exposure, and networking opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in public policy.

 

Where: Phoenix, AZ

When: Summer 2020

Application Deadline: Mid-April

Compensation Information: $12 - $13/hr

Contact Information: Sandy Lavender, HR Manager

To apply, email resume and cover letter Sandy Lavender


 

 

Washington D.C. Internship | The Alexander Hamilton Society

Attend policy discussions at leading think-tanks in Washington, interact with our D.C. partners, and work closely with the Program Director and Marketing & Development Associate. Interns will also run research projects, help manage the AHS national database, support AHS’s website, and conduct social media outreach. The internship will provide practical skills, policy exposure, and networking opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in public policy.

 

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: Spring 2020

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: info@hamsoc.org

Apply now.  


 

 

CIMA Law Group

Under the direction of the Director of Government Relations/Senior Lobbyist, Interns will assist in the coordination of meetings/projects with clients, city officials, and other key decision-makers. Interns also provide support in preparing and delivering letters and reports, drafting memos and e-mail messages, compiling and maintaining spreadsheets, producing briefing books and materials, and other research, administrative and communication tasks

 

Where: Phoenix, AZ

When: Year-round

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: Louie Lujan, Government Relations Director/Senior Lobbyist

Please send resume with cover letter to Louie Lujan


 

 

Public Policy InternChandler Chamber of Commerce

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is in need of Government Relations & Public Policy interns for the State of Arizona’s upcoming Fifty-Fifth First Regular Legislative Session. This opportunity provides the ability to attend committee meetings at the Capitol, meet with elected officials, host public policy meetings, and be part in the legislative process. Responsibilities would entail:
· Being able to read and interpret new legislation
· Proficient in Microsoft Office tools such as Excel
· Able to navigate and use Legislation On Line Arizona (LOLA)
· Monitoring proposed policies throughout the legislative process
· Producing the Chamber’s report card on elected officials from Chandler districts
· Ensuring the Chamber’s policy decisions are in-line with our legislative agenda

Internships are unpaid; however, college credit is available. The legislative session requires a greater time commitment but what you gain are greater opportunities and exposure to the legislative process and local officials.

The Chamber is accepting undergrads when recommended.

This program would last from January through April (when the legislative session ends).

 

Where: Maricopa County

When: Spring 2020

Application Deadline: 1/10/2020

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: Brian Fox - Government Relations & Public Policy

Please send resume with cover letter to Brian Fox at brian@chandlerchamber.com.


 

 

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Case Work Intern, Immigration, Victim Services, intensive Case management, Office Coordinator, Clinical Therapy, Opportunity Passport, Graphic Design, Finance.

 

Where: Phoenix, AZ

When: Spring 2020

Application Deadline: November 2019

Compensation Information: 

Contact Information: Jessalynne Howard, Volunteer Coordinator

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Washington D.C. Internship | Congressman Paul A. Gosar

Helping caseworkers in the district catalog issues; assisting legislative correspondents in constituent services by answering phones, sorting mail or giving tours of the U.S. Capitol; and aiding the legislative assistants by researching policy issues. The internship program in Congressman Gosar’s office provides for a well-rounded education and experience in the legislative process. The office environment is incredibly fast-paced, team-oriented, and collaborative. The Congressman pursues a dynamic legislative and communications agendas. Our interns play an integral role in day-to-day office functions. Interns will perform various administrative tasks and communicate with constituents daily. They are responsible for managing incoming phone calls and will assist legislative staff in researching issues. Additionally, they will lead tours of the U.S. Capitol building, attend hearings and briefings, and compile briefing memos for the staff afterward.

 

Where: Washington D.C.

When: Spring, Summer and Fall

Application Deadline: Spring: December 8 

Compensation Information: 

Contact Information: Emilio Navarette, Legislative Assistant

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Washington D.C. Internships | Senator Bernie Sanders 

Legislative Internship: Legislative interns in the senator's Washington office may assist legislative staff by handling constituent phone calls and requests, processing mail and voice mail, attending briefings and committee hearings, providing research memos, leading U.S. Capitol tours and drafting responses to constituent letters and inquiries.

Budget Committee Internship: Interns in the Budget Committee Minority Office may assist staff in conducting rapid and long-term research projects and policy analysis, writing memos, compiling daily news clips, and representing the office in various meetings and briefings.

Press/Video Internship: Video interns in the senator’s Washington D.C. office will need to have advanced background knowledge in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects (min. of 2 years experience) as well as creative drive to explore brand-new approaches to video storytelling and must demonstrate close attention to detail. Progressive politics and strong familiarity with the senator's legislative priorities strongly preferred. Video interns will be expected to assist with video shoots, script stories, source interviewees, research archival footage, photos, public records, edit videos and create motion design and animation.

 

Where: Washington D.C.

When: Spring and Summer 2020

Application Deadline: Summer: Feb 20

Compensation Information: $15/hour

Contact Information: Katrina Menard

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Washington D.C. Internship | Congressman Andy Biggs 

Educational opportunity is the main focus for our interns. Daily tasks may include: attending briefings to provide information to legislative and communications staff, researching, drafting and editing of constituent mail, learning the legislative process and rules procedures of the House. Administrative duties will include: answering phones, greeting visitors, sorting constituent mail, and managing the front office.

 

Where: Washington D.C.

When: Spring, Summer and Fall

Application Deadline: Spring: Dec 1, Summer: April, Fall: Aug 1

Compensation Information: Stipend of up to $800 per month.

Contact Information: Jonathan Eberle, Press Assistant/Staff Assistant

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Government Affairs InternshipArizona Board of Regents 

Daily duties will include: reading, tracking and analyzing legislation; attending legislative committees and stakeholder meetings; interacting with legislative liaisons and government affairs professionals; writing summaries of bills and emerging topics; and preparing for and participating in ABOR meetings at the public universities.

 

Where: Phoenix, AZ

When: January 6 - May 15, 2020

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: $12/hour

Contact Information: 

Interested students should e-mail an academic transcript to Carol.McNamara@asu.edu with the subject line: ABOR Internship Applicant


 

 

Summer Fellow | American Councils for International Education 

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American Students enrolled at US colleges and universities, The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

 

Where: Various countries

When: Summer 2020

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: Program covers: international & domestic travel, visa application fees, costs for mandatory pre-departure orientation in WDC, language instruction, room, board, program-sponsored travel, entrance fees for program activities, Oral Proficiency Interview language assessments, US academic credit issued through Bryn Mawr College.

Contact Information: cls@americancouncils.org

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Summer Internship | FIRE

Assist with research and administrative projects across various teams. Interns complete research projects and help with writing, casework, fundraising, public relations and administrative duties. Assist with FIRE Student Network Summer Conference. Contribute to FIRE's Newsdesk. Attend weekly seminars with staff. Develop activism plans.

 

Where: Philadelphia, PA 

When: Summer 2020

Application Deadline: Early decision: Jan 20, 2020 | Regular decision: March 2, 2020

Compensation Information: $4000 stipend

Contact Information: internship@thefire.org

Learn more and apply.  


 

 

Ronald Reagan Fellows Internship | The Goldwater Institute

Fellows participate in a number of activities designed to enhance familiarity with classical liberal principles, research organizations and public policy leaders. Fellows are given reading assignments and attend in-house lunch-and-learn sessions with Institute scholars. Fellows have opportunities to network at public policy events and guest speaker forums.

 

Where: Phoenix, Arizona 

When: Ongoing 

Application Deadline: December 14 for Spring 2020 | March 15 for Summer 2020 | August 17 for Summer 2020

Compensation Information:  

Contact Information: Anissa Borchardt, Donor Relations and Intern Program Coordinator

Learn more and apply.


 

 

Legislative InternThe Aarons Co. LLC

This internship will support the legislative programs and advocacy of The Aarons Company LLC in support of its clients’ public policy goals and objectives during the 2020 Regular Session of the Arizona Legislature

 

Where: Phoenix, Arizona 

When: Spring 2020

Application Deadline:

Compensation Information: Stipend of $1500 

Contact Information: Angelica Terrazas, Chief Legislative Associate


 

 

Washington D.C. Internship | Congressman Paul A. Gosar

In Washington, interns will be tasked with a variety of responsibilities, including answering phones, running errands, researching legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attending hearings and briefings and answering constituent letters. Through this program, interns will learn about the legislative process and other functions of a Congressional office.

 

Where: Washington D.C.

When: Spring, Summer and Fall

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: 

Contact Information: Phoebe Nelson, Intern Coordinator


 

Congressional Internship | Representative David Schweikert 

Conduct capitol tours, conduct federal policy research, attend hearings and briefings, write memos and letters, and assist with press duties.

 

Where: Washington, D.C. 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020 for Summer 2020 | July 26, 2020 for Fall 2020

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: Internship Coordinator Molly Buening 


 

 

Internship | Senator Martha McSally's Office

DC: assist staff with tasks including processing mail & letters, leading tours of Capital, attend committee hearings, helping with legislative and media efforts.

AZ: work with constituent casework, events planning, and set-up, outreach, and other duties.

 

Where: Phoenix, Tucson, or Washington D.C. 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: Gina Fong, Casework Manager

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Washington D.C. Internship | Rep. Greg Stanton

In D.C., intern responsibilities will vary. Interns will be asked to answer phones, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings, and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. Interns are assigned to assist in various constituent casework and outreach projects. Interns may be asked to do a variety of tasks, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters, assist with media clips, and attending local community events on behalf of the office.

 

Where: Washington D.C. and Phoenix, Arizona

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: Spring 2020: due November 15, 2019 | Summer 2020: due April 15 | Fall 2020: due July 31

Compensation Information: A paid stipend is available to interns in the D.C. office.

Contact Information: internships.az09@mail.house.gov

Learn more and apply.  


 

 

Internship | Representative Ruben Gallego's Office

In Washington, D.C., interns' responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, give Capitol tours, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings and draft constituent letters on various issues before the House. Our District Interns help to serve our constituents by working with staff to do outreach and constituent services. On a daily basis, students are responsible for helping conduct intake of constituent cases by speaking directly with the constituents either in person or over the phone to gather the details of the problems they are having with a federal agency.

 

Where: Phoenix or Washington D.C. 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: Spring 2020 applications are due December 4Summer 2020 applications are due March 6 | Fall 2020 applications for Phoenix are due July 10 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: Aayushi Shah, Intern Coordinator 

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Washington D.C. Internship | Senator Krysten Sinema's Office

In Washington, intern responsibilities include answering phones, assisting with correspondence, running errands, researching legislation for the Senator and legislative staff, and attending hearings and briefings on various issues. Interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office. In Phoenix, intern responsibilities include day-to-day office work such as answering phones and greeting visitors, writing letters, and providing constituent services. In addition, interns may assist with constituent case work and other state-based projects.

 

Where: Phoenix or Washington D.C. 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: $2,000 stipend (15-20 hours per week)

Contact Information: Inder Gunnala, Staff Assistant

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Legislative, Advocacy & Research InternshipsArizona Advocacy Network Foundation

Arizona Advocacy Network and Foundation, a Phoenix-based voting rights organization, is hiring paid interns for the spring semester. They are looking for students who are passionate about ensuring every Arizonan has the opportunity to engage fully in our democracy and are attentive to the way in which race, gender, class, immigration status, and other identities affect social institutions.

Arizona Advocacy Network & Foundation works to defend democracy and democratic institutions in Arizona. They fight to protect and expand access to the ballot, and to ensure fair and open elections and courts by supporting Arizona’s Clean Elections and Merit Selection systems.

 

Where: Arizona 

When: Spring 2020

Application Deadline:

Compensation Information: Paid $11/hr for up to 15 hrs/week.

Contact Information: Adrienne Carmack, Advocacy Director


 

 

Senate Page | Arizona State Senate

Pages are non-partisan staff and serve all 30 members of the Senate. Work would begin the second Monday in January and terminate upon the conclusion of session.

 

Where: Phoenix, AZ

When: Spring 2020

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: $12

Contact Information: Jlyon@azleg.gov


 

 

Summer Fellow | State Department Critical Languages Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at US colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

 

Where: Various countries 

When: Summer 2020

Application Deadline: November 19, 2019 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: cls@americancouncils.org

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Congressional Intern | Congressional Hispanic Caucus Internship

CHCI Congressional Interns learn firsthand how the legislative system works, spending four days each week working on Capitol Hill. Usually, interns are placed with a member of congress who serves a district in their home state performing meaningful work:

  • responding to constituent inquiries
  • writing policy briefs
  • conducting legislative research on issues such as education, health, foreign affairs, defense, science & technology, and many more
  • attending congressional hearings and policy briefings

On programming days, interns will have a full day centered on CHCI’s four Pillars of Leadership—Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, Self Empowerment, and Promoting Community and Hispanic Culture. During these weekly sessions, participation in discussions surrounding issues that affect the Latino community will help interns explore a variety topics while building strong relationships that can help throughout their career. CHCI’s curriculum is centered around a graduate-level non-credit public policy course taught by The George Washington University Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy.

 

Where: Washington D.C. 

When: Summer 2020

Application Deadline: December 1, 2019 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Intern | Congresswoman Debbie Lesko

In Washington, DC, interns' responsibilities will vary. They will be asked to answer phones, run errands, research legislation for the Member and legislative staff, attend hearings and briefings, and answer constituent letters on various issues before the House. As a result, interns learn about the legislative process and the many other functions of a congressional office. In the District office, interns may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent case work or work on District-based projects of importance.

 

Where: Surprise, Arizona

When: Spring 2020

Application Deadline: December 1, 2019 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: Austin Roe, Staff Assistant & Field Representative

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

MCLEAPS Internship Program

This ASU and Maricopa County partnership offers top students hands-on experience and greatly enhances their education with an introduction to the opportunities and rewards of public service careers, including in county government. The internship program also provides specialized career training applicable to any field.

 

Where: Arizona

When: Spring and Fall 2020

Application Deadline:  

Compensation Information: Receive tuition and fee waiver for 1 semester, $5000 stipend

Contact Information: Maryjo Douglas Zunk, Manager

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Intern | U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid, intensive internship offering U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students a chance to witness and participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign and Civil Services. The program is both professionally and academically beneficial, providing participants with hands-on experience in a federal agency setting, and insight into the substance and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Intern | Baker-Dole

BPC offers full-time summer, and part-time fall and spring internships each academic semester. Qualified candidates will be highly motivated and energetic self-starters. Interns will assist individual projects and departments in several capacities and should be enthusiastic about working on a variety of tasks. Candidates must be team players and express an interest in one of the BPC’s various policy projects or functional areas.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Intern | Mi Familia Vota

Mi Familia Vota (MFV) is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that unites Latino immigrant and allied communities to promote social justice through increased civic engagement. Our mission is to provide Latinos and New Americans with a voice in our country’s democratic process.

MFV offers internship opportunities to motivated and passionate individuals who are interested in engaging and mobilizing the Latino community. Our Research and Data Interns will gain experience in the quickly growing field of data and voter engagement and will be a part of a powerful movement to increase the Latino vote in 2018.  Students of all educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: Lorena Rivera, Research and Data Intern  

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

AZ State Legislative Internship program

SCETL credit is available for the AZ State Legislative Internship program.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: Dr. Tara Lennon, Program Supervisor 

Learn more and apply. 

 


 

 

Internship | Brookings Institution

The Brookings Internship program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to engage in career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills.

The mission of the Internship program is to provide students and recent graduates with a pre-professional, meaningful, and practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest.  Interns may work with Brookings’s staff in research areas - Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development, Governance Studies, and Metropolitan Policy.  Brookings also offers students the opportunity to intern in departments such as communications, human resources and central operations management. Brookings offers three types of internships - paid, academic for credit, and external sponsorship.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply. 

 


 

 

Intern | Cato Institute 

Cato’s paid internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early-career professionals who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Most Cato interns work primarily as researchers for our policy scholars. Individual department placements include defense and foreign policy, healthcare policy, constitutional studies, and numerous others. Other interns work in communications oriented roles, including media relations, external affairs, and video production.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Intern | Heritage Foundation 

The Heritage Foundation offers an internship program that provides a full educational program while at the Heritage Foundation. Interns have the opportunity to learn from experts in a variety of fields by way of policy briefings, in-house mentorship, accountability of work, and a First Principles Series.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

American Enterprise Institute 

Interns at AEI have the opportunity to work directly with some of America’s most renowned scholars, economists, political scientists, and foreign policy specialists conducting research on today’s prominent public policy questions. There are research opportunities in fields such as Economics, Health Care, Poverty Studies, Foreign and Defense Policy, Education, Politics and Public Opinion, Society and Culture. There are business opportunities with the Executive Office, Development, Government Relations, External Affairs, Media Relations, Video Production, Accounting, Academic Programs, and Communications. Internships are available in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply. 


 

 

Honors and Graduate Fellowship Program | Intercollegiate Studies Institute 

The Honors Program includes a weeklong summer conference where you will explore the West’s traditions of liberty. Through the course of the academic year, you will have the opportunity to work closely with a professional mentor and to attend special weekend seminars.

The graduate fellowships are for students who will be enrolled in a full-time graduate program. They grant up to 15 awards, ranging from $5,000-$15,000. 

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more about the Honors Program | Learn more about the Fellowship Program


 

 

Humane Studies and Graduate Research Fellowship Program | The Institute for Humane Studies 

The Humane Studies Fellowship is a renewable, non-residency award of up to $15,000 per year to support current or future students in PhD programs. As a fellow, you will receive individual academic advising as well as guidance, resources, and access to a passionate and supportive community of scholars dedicated to the advancement of classical liberal ideas. *Must be enrolled in a PhD program for the upcoming academic year and have a research interest that contributes to liberty-advancing scholarship

The Summer Graduate Research Fellowship is an invite-only program for graduate student alumni of other IHS programs, such as the Summer Seminars. This program runs from late May to early August, and includes opening and closing weekend conferences for Fellows to present and discuss their research. Fellows also receive mentoring and get to interact with a community of scholars. *Must be an alumni of a IHS program

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply.


 

 

The Hudson Institute 

Undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates have the opportunity to work with Hudson researchers in policy areas such as Campaign Reform, Economic and Employment Policy, Middle East Studies, Philanthropy and Civil Renewal, National Security Studies, and Science in Public Policy.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: internships@hudson.org

Learn more and apply.


 

 

Hertog Foundation 

The Hertog Foundation offers 2 highly competitive programs for undergraduates and recent graduates. Students can apply to both programs simultaneously with one application.

Political Studies Program

Fellows take courses in a wide variety of subjects, from political philosophy to contemporary public affairs, from economics to foreign policy. Fellows get to choose their Summer Courses.

  • Political Thought and Philosophy
  • War and Foreign Affairs
  • Economic and Domestic Policy

Summer Courses

These are an opportunity for students who want a more specialized experience to apply to the courses within the Political Studies Program.

 

Where: 

When: Ongoing

Application Deadline: 

Compensation Information: N/A

Contact Information: 

Learn more and apply.