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The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (SCETL) is an academic program that seeks to restore the study of political thought and civic education as a foundation for preparing the next generation of American students to be thoughtful leaders in policy, public service, and civil society. An internship is a Major requirement (also recommended for SCETL Minors) for SCETL students to provide them with the opportunity to enhance their classroom education in leadership and civic life with practical experience in professional settings. Participating in internships at the local, state and national levels allows students to gain valuable insight into the American political system and experience in non-profit and public service, with the purpose of getting a head start on their post-graduate prospects and a successful career.
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After reviewing the criteria, credit, and deadline information below, email your internship application form to Carol McNamara, Associate Director for Public Programs at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. Make sure we receive two letters of recommendation to support your application. We will contact you once we receive your application.
Students can earn 1-12 credits, depending on the internship requirements.
Applications for CEL 484 internship credit will be reviewed by the school’s Internship Selection Committee. Contact Internship Advisor, Carol McNamara, at firstname.lastname@example.org for individually organized internships.
In order to earn internship credit, there must exist an internship contract between the Arizona Board of Regents and office/entity in which the ASU/SCETL student is serving an internship. This requirement is university-wide. To find out if such a contract exists with the office with which a student seeks to intern, please ask the office. If no contract exists, SCETL can assist the student in creating the contract.
For more information, contact Carol McNamara, Associate Director for Public Programs, by emailing email@example.com or by calling (480) 965-0270.
The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership internship program is designed to provide students with practical experiences in the realm of politics, government and non-profit organizations at the local, state and national levels. Students who serve political and government internships apply what they have learned in the classrooms to practical circumstances and enhance the civic education that makes them active citizens. As interns, students will acquire the communication and organizational skills necessary for success in the world of politics, government, public service and private sector. Finally, internship work experiences give students a competitive edge when seeking employment. Employers have come to expect internship experience from recent graduates.
In order to qualify, students should have attained at least a sophomore class standing, although juniors and seniors will have priority. There is a preference for a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
SCETL students serving internships can register for up to 12 academic credits. All internships must be approved for SCETL credit by the supervising professor.
To fulfill the requirements for these internship credits, students must:
1. Submit a weekly journal record of his/her daily internship work and experiences to the supervising professor via email or blog;
2. Submit a research paper on a topic related to their internship and approved by the supervising professor.
3. Submit a Prospectus for the paper, which will be at least 2 double spaced pages in length, and will include: a research question; a written summary of several paragraphs (not merely an outline), which explains the direction and content of the arguments of the essay.
4. The number of credits taken will determine the length of the research essay:
5. Provide an assessment from a supervisor.
6. Non-SCETL students may take SCETL internship credits,
As part of the curriculum and the school’s experiential learning model, students majoring or minoring in civic and economic thought and leadership, both major and minor students are required to complete an internship prior to graduation.
The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership wants to make an experiential education available to all of its students. As part of that promise, the school offers travel and support funding for internships in Washington, D.C. and taking place internationally, as well.
To learn more about how to apply for internship funding, contact Carol McNamara by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 965-0270.
If you would like to apply to SCETL for travel support funding, you need to complete the application and submit documentation at least 4 weeks prior to travel.
Please note: this funding is intended to supplement your individual experience. It may not fund the entirety of the experience.
The Strongest Candidates:
Required Application Materials:
Are you receiving funding for this internship experience or thesis research from other sources?
1. Statement of Purpose/Justification for travel stipend support:
2. Documentation (to include internship acceptance or invitation letter, or in the case of thesis research travel funding, evidence of Seriousness of Purpose, such as, Institutional Affiliation, Letter of Affiliation, Honors Thesis Contract, Correspondence with Research Partners:
3. Budget (to include cost of airfare, ground travel, accommodations, per diem):
4. Unofficial transcript
5. Letter of Recommendation from SCETL Thesis Supervisor (Research) or SCETL professor (Internship / Military conference)
Submit Application materials to:
Dr. Carol McNamara
Associate Director for Public Programs
School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership
Arizona State University
951 S. Cady Mall/Social Sciences, 107D
PO Box 870602/Tempe /AZ 85281-0602
office: 480 965 0270
Expense Reimbursement Information: