MPA Approved Internships

Below is a list of pre-approved MPA internships by area of interest.  Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive, and only lists internship organizations that are the most common amongst MPA students. 

Students are welcome to find an internship at different government and non-profit agencies. Additional internships can be found on the SGPP undergraduate internship website. Please consult with the Graduate Programs Manager on internship eligibility if the internship organization of interest is not listed below or on the SGPP undergraduate internship website.

Upcoming Internships

Department administrators and community partners can submit internship announcements to

Managed by the Partnership for Public Service, the Future Leaders in Public Service Internship Program helps bring diverse young talent to government and offers students the opportunity to apply their educational training to work at a federal agency. Undergraduate, graduate and professional students from across are welcome to apply.

The Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association (AriSEIA) seeks a passionate and detail-oriented graduate student to join our team as an Energy Law & Policy Intern. This position offers the opportunity to work directly on pressing energy issues in Arizona. The intern will report to our Executive Director and General Counsel, with opportunities to learn and grow while working with other policy professionals.

View full internship description here.

Application Deadline: December 1st

The Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program, a year-round internship program, will begin  accepting applications for the Summer 2024 session on November 17, 2023. The PAID internship program dates are June 3-August 9, 2024. All majors welcome. Click here for additional details.

Application Available: November 17, 2023

Application Deadline: February 2, 2024

The National Redistricting Foundation (NRF) seeks an intern for the Litigation & Policy Department to assist the team. Legal interns will be supervised by the Director of Litigation and Policy and will work to help manage our litigation portfolio, analyze legislative measures, work on new case development, and generally support the broader team. Duties include conducting legal research and analysis to develop theories supporting new litigation or projects, helping coordinate internal and external communications regarding litigation, drafting and reviewing legal memoranda and review education/advocacy materials, and other duties as assigned.

More details on this internship can be found hereBoth Spring and Summer internships are available.

Application Deadline: Unknown

The Tucson Pops Orchestra is looking for interns to assist with tasks in the area of performing arts management/administration.

Interns will assist with the following tasks: 
- grant writing and research
- contract management                         
- donor relationship management
- assistance with vendors, advertisers, sponsors
- event-management tasks
- marketing (e.g. handling social media aspects based on a developed strategy)

Their ideal candidate will have the following skills/qualifications: 
- invested, mature, and reliable             
- good writing skills
- good time management skills              
- passionate about the performing arts
- passionate about making a difference in the community                 
- can work independently while following instructions
- able to dedicate 6-10 hours/week
Please contact Executive Director, Taya Pocock, at if interested.

List last updated: 11/27/23

Pre-Approved Organizations

Note: Organizations marked with an asterisk (*) are new additions.