The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership internship program is designed to provide students with leadership opportunities out in the world.
Required to graduate with a degree in civic and economic thought and leadership, internships provide indispensable opportunities to explore careers in public service, government, and the private sector; build your resume with professional experience; network with potential future employers; perhaps travel to Washington, D.C. or abroad; and prepare for your post-graduate opportunities.
For questions about the school's internship process or finding an internship, email us at SCETLInternships@asu.edu.
The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership works closely with congressional offices in Arizona, nationwide and in 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.
Hear from our students
Making a real impact
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.
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.
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.
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.