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Every student registered in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will complete an internship as a requirement of the School's experiential learning model. The faculty is committed to introducing students to exciting, relevant opportunities at the local, state, national, and international levels, and our team offers support and coaching through the application process to ensure that your placement is a good fit for you and a benefit to the organization. 

Why internships?

Internships allow you to connect your academic interests with your career goals, while you gain practical experience in the field of your choice. Whether you choose to work close to home on a local campaign or for a cause you care about,  or you travel across the country to work on Capitol Hill, your internship will give you a professional head start by introducing you to the people and organizations you will want to work with after graduation. As a motivated intern, you are an integral part of the organization you work for, and make meaningful contributions to important projects. It is these contributions, and the skills you acquire, and the connections, professional and social, that you make in your internship, that give you and your resume a professional advantage on the job market. Further, studies show a direct, positive correlation between students who complete internships and students who receive full-time job offers prior to graduation. 


  • 3.00 GPA
  • Min 24 credit hours earned before the start of internship
  • 2  letters of recommendation, one must be from an ASU Professor.


  • Students may be eligible for travel funding for internships in Washington, D.C., and international opportunities. 
  • Contact Dr. Carol McNamara carol.mcnamara@asu.edu  for more information.


  • Students can earn 1-12 credits, depending on the internship requirements.


  • October 5 for spring semester internship (or until filled)
  • February 5 for summer internship (or until filled)
  • April 5 for fall semester internship (or until filled)

Who reviews?

  • Applications for CEL 484 internship credit will be reviewed by the school’s Internship Selection Committee.
  • Contact Internship Advisor, Carol McNamara, for individually organized internships.

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