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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. 

Why with us?

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.

Students interested in becoming eligible for travel funding for internships in Washington, D.C., and international opportunities can do so by applying for CEL 484 internship credit. By partnering with the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, students will have access to support and coaching through the application process to ensure that your placement is a good fit for you and a benefit to the organization.  

Contact Dr. Carol McNamara at carol.mcnamara@asu.edu  for more information.


By partnering with The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, students receive support and coaching through the application process as well as eligibility for travel funding to Washington, D.C. and international internships.


Students of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership offer employers a unique skillset. Employers are invited to learn more about our students and mission and contact the School about potential opportunities for which students are well suited.

Student Testimonials

Elana Quint

Philosophy (Morality Politics, and Law) and Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Some reasons people discount travel include the fear of the unknown and the discomfort of being in an environment that is not familiar to us. However, the times in which we experience the most growth are when we put ourselves in foreign environments; we are forced to break out of our routine and explore different parts of ourselves. This is especially meaningful in an environment like Washington D.C. where you are surrounded by many like-minded, motivated, intelligent people who are there to making a difference.

Courtney Anne Langerud

B.A. Global Health, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

My favorite saying is "get comfortable with being uncomfortable". Whatever it is that is holding you back from taking that leap of faith and exploring the world, know that the feeling is only temporary. Travel grows you and shapes you, you learn things about the world and things about yourself that you would have never known. Go out and explore, learn a new language, experience a new culture, try new food, live like a local.