School of Government and Public Policy Internships

Internships are an important part of the School of Government and Public Policy’s curriculum. Internships offer students a chance to work in an area of interest and allow them the time and experience necessary to evaluate their future career opportunities in a particular field of interest.

Internship Benefits

  • Increase your ability to find employment
  • Opportunity to "test drive" a career
  • Accumulate new skills
  • Gain experience in your field
  • Develop a network of professional contacts

SGPP Internship Eligibility Requirements

  • SGPP Major or minor
  • Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher
  • Completed at least one semester at UA
  • Have earned 30 or more credits  (Freshman not eligible for internship credit.)

View the online information session to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements.

SGPP Requirements by Major

     Criminal Justice and Public Management & Policy majors are REQUIRED to complete a 3 unit internship. 

     Criminal Justice students must find an internship directly related to their field.

     Double majors in CJS & PMPC must complete an internship for each major. In certain circumstances, this can be accomplished by doing a 6 credit internship at one organization.

     Political Science, BA in Law and SGPP minors are encouraged to enroll in internships for upper division elective credit. 

Credit for Internships

SGPP credit is only given for approved internships with either a non-profit organization or a government agency.

POL 393 and PA 393 and 493 are upper division internship classes that may be taken for 1-6 units of credit.  These units may be either elective credits or credits that apply to a major or minor; speak to an academic advisor in your major to find out how these credits apply toward your program of study. After finding an internship, the Internship Coordinator will enroll you in the appropriate internship course (see #4 below).

  • One unit of credit is awarded for 45 hours of internship work.
  • For a 3 credit internship, 135 internship hours need to be completed in one semester.

Steps to Find & Secure an Internship:

SGPP does not assign internships. Finding an internship is similar to the process of securing employment. Students need to contact  organizations of interest and apply for an internship in the same way that they would a job.

 1. How and where to search for Internships:

 2. Internship Approval

Internships found at organizations on the SGPP website are pre-approved. If you have found an internship NOT on our website, you must get approval for the internship by emailing Susan Warren, the Internship Coordinator or by scheduling an appointment with her.

 3. Complete the APPLICATION once you have been offered an internship and it has been approved.  

IMPORTANT: The application needs to be filled out and signed by both you and your supervisor at your internship.
Without a fully completed application, you will NOT be able to enroll in your internship. 

4. After your application is fully completed and signed by you and your supervisor:

Spring 2017 application deadline: January 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm. 

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DATE LISTED ABOVE. 

NO RETROACTIVE INTERNSHIP CREDIT WILL BE GRANTED (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Tuition, Fees, and Registration Deadlines

Internship credit is regular academic credit. Therefore, all regular university tuition rates, fees, and deadlines apply.