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.

Students interested in Federal Internships can find more information here.

Upcoming Internships

Department administrators and community partners can submit internship announcements to

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 description here.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

The City of Tucson's Planning & Development Services Department is looking for enthusiastic interns to join their team.  Planning interns assist with various land us planning projects and gain valuable experience and skills that may allow for a permanent position with the City.  

View more information here.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2024

Digital Borderlands is a grant project funded by the Mellon Foundation focusing on the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. The Digital Borderlands Intern will contribute to the successful implementation of this project by providing research support and collaborating with library faculty and campus stakeholders to integrate culturally responsive curriculum and library services into courses at the University of Arizona.

This intern will work directly with researchers and library staff on the development and delivery of instruction materials and will have the opportunity to engage with library professionals and scholars with a range of specializations and skills. This is a paid position and is eligible for graduate internship credit.

Visit the Digital Borderlands project website page to learn more about us.  

View full description here.

Application Deadline: April 8, 2024

Are you interested in a career in city/town management?  The Town of Prescott Valley is excited to announce a Management Internship opportunity for the summer of 2024.  This is a paid position and offers the opportunity to gain practical work experience in planning, organizing, evaluating, and participating in various Town meetings, events, and field work.

View more details here.

Application deadline: April 15, 2024

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The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) believes that ground realities must drive the formulation of strategy and policy. In pursuit of this principle, ISW conducts detailed open-source intelligence analysis to provide timely and accurate information on current conflicts and security threats directly to policy-makers and warfighters. Interns at ISW have an unparalleled opportunity to analyze conflicts in ways that directly inform policymakers on some of the most pressing issues facing American national security. Our interns work directly with analysts. They receive classroom education, regular leadership engagement, and a chance to work with cutting-edge technologies employed in business and the intelligence community. 

For more information, you may view our virtual flyer. ISW hires intern on a rolling basis—the sooner you submit your application, the greater your chances for an interview! The application deadline is Friday, April 19th.

Questions? Please contact Caroline Nicholson at

The Digital Media Engagement (DME) team of the Department of Veterans Affairs will have remote internship opportunities for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Internships with DME primarily focus on social media, content creation and management, graphic design, writing and editing. Thanks to the skills and talents of hundreds of amazing interns, DME is one of the U.S. government’s most successful student internships. 
DME interns work in various departments: accessibility, analytics, human resources, project management, graphic design, newsletters, podcasts, research, social media, prompt engineering, transcription, web development, writing, and editing. Volunteers are also welcome! 

Internships open in February 2024.  For more information, check out our website and the VSFS internship page.

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 Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program, a year-round internship program, is currently accepting applications for Fall 2024. This PAID internship program runs September 2 - December 13, 2024. All majors welcome.

List last updated: 4/1/24

Pre-Approved Organizations

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