Internships: Leadership in Action

Designed to provide students with leadership opportunities out in the world

Required to graduate with a degree in civic and economic thought and leadership, our internships provide indispensable opportunities to explore careers in public service, government, and the private sector; build your resume with professional experience; network with potential (delete future) employers; perhaps travel to Washington, D.C. or abroad; and prepare for post-graduate degrees. 

Dr. Carrese is available for help and advice on every stage of the process; however, ultimately, you must secure your own internship. The course: You will need to work 7-10 hours per week in a paid or unpaid position and enroll in CEL 484 in order to earn 3 credits and meet the SCETL graduation requirement. Click here to read CEL 484 syllabus.

Contact Dr. Susan Carrese.

A sample of SCETL student internships (local, national, and global)

  • African Refugee Development Center (Israel)
  • Arizona Attorney General
  • Arizona Board of Regents
  • Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Arizona Girl Scouts
  • American Enterprise Institute
  • American Philanthropic
  • Arizona Free Enterprise Club
  • Barefoot College (India)
  • Bipartisan Policy Institute
  • Congressman David Schweikert
  • Department of State
  • Free the Slaves
  • Goldwater Institute
  • Governor Doug Ducey
  • Hudson Institute
  • Law Firms (various)
  • Leadership Society of Arizona
  • Maricopa Country Superior Court
  • Magen David Adam (Israel)
  • National Journalism Center
  • Political Campaigns (various)
  • Representative Ruben Gallego
  • Senator Kyrsten Sinema
  • Senator Mark Kelley
  • Teach for America
  • Tempe Public Library
  • Tiger Mountain Foundation

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership works closely with congressional offices in Arizona, nationwide and Washington, D.C.; as well as nonprofits, government agencies, and large and small businesses to develop internship programs for its students.

Our students are interested in facing complex problems, aspiring to become leaders in their field, and just as eager to learn outside the classroom as they are inside. 

The school accepts internship programs for the summer, fall, and spring semesters. If you're interested in submitting an internship to be posted to our internship portal, or you need to submit an evaluation on an intern you recently hosted, click below.

Contact Dr. Susan Carrese

Hear from our students

Making a real impact

Arizona State University Students

The summer after her first year at ASU, Nicole moved to Washington, D.C. to intern at a congressional office for the summer. While there, Nicole had the opportunity to interview Bernie Sanders, meet Jeff Flake, and work on Capitol Hill. 

Read more of Nicole's story. 

An opportunity to grow


Now seven months into his college career, Cameron has already completed an internship with Congressman Debbie Lesko, studied abroad in India, accepted a scholarship to study in China, and plans to go to Washington, D.C. for another internship with Lesko’s office. 

Read more of Cameron's story. 

A new outlook on education


Kainoa works as an intern in the governor’s office. Whether it’s meeting with Representative Jennifer Longden to talk about planning a more accessible city for people with disabilities or helping legislative policy advisors, he experiences first-hand what it takes to run a state government.

Read more of Kainoa's story. 

How to land the internship you want

Step 1: Find your internship

There are many ways to find the right internship for you. 

  • Visit the SCETL's internship opportunities page. Our staff regularly curate new, pre-approved internships for our students. You can browse by location, professional interest or semester. 
  • Use other ASU resources, including Sun Devil CareerLink and Handshake.
  • Talk to the school's faculty or schedule a meeting with the internship coordinator. 
  • Browse companies or organizations that interest you or go to career fairs. If you find an internship opportunity, talk to the SCETL team about how to apply it for academic credit. 

Step 2: Apply to the internship

Before you start the application process, we recommend meeting with our staff to review your resume and cover letter. (Don't have one? We'd be happy to help!)

Once you have found an internship of interest, follow the instructions of the particular organization to apply, whether it is via an online application, or sending application materials directly to the contact. 

Quick tip: Never underestimate the power of a well-crafted and well-formatted resume and cover letter. They are definitely worth the time and effort!


Step 3: Prepare for the interview

Show the strengths and skills that you will bring to the opportunity. Preparation, self-assessment, and practice are the keys to a successful interview. Be sure to research the organization thoroughly before the interview, review possible questions, prepare questions to ask the interviewer(s), and formulate a clear explanation as to why you want the internship and why you are the best candidate for the position. Remember to make eye contact and smile! 

Step 4: Earn academic credit

Students must sign up for internship credit at the same time they are serving the internship, including over the summer. You are required to work at least 15 hours per week to earn 3 credits for the semester. 

The academic requirements for the school's internship credit include a weekly report and research paper. 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:

  • 3 credits: 5-7 pages
  • 6 credits: 10-12 pages
  • 9 credits: 15 pages
  • 12 credits: 20 pages

5. Provide an assessment from a supervisor.

Additionally, in order to earn internship credit, there must exist an internship contract between the Arizona Board of Regents and office/entity in which the 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, email SCETLInternships@asu.edu. If no contract exists, SCETL can assist the student in creating the contract.

*Non-SCETL students may take SCETL internship credits

Travel support funding

To make experiential education accessible, students seeking a major or minor in civic and economic thought and leadership may apply for travel funding to supplement their costs when they participate in approved educational opportunities. These include internships, thesis research, military academy and leadership conferences, and academic foundation programs. 

Learn more.