Internships

Our students intern more than 50,000 hours at nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Tucson, and beyond, each year. From internships with the Arizona Superior Court to the International Rescue Committee, close to 400 SGPP students each year gain career experience while contributing their knowledge and skills to organizations.

SPRING 2021 INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

SGPP students will have three options for Spring 2021 internship credit:

* Law majors please check with Linus Kafka(link sends e-mail), in the BA in Law office, about law internship options.

1. Remote Internships (001 section): 

DEADLINE: Submit SGPP Work Plan online as soon as you are able. Final Deadline: January 13, 2021 

See Apply for Internship Credit web page for SGPP Work Plan and enrollment process.

Organizations offering remote work are noted on the Find Internships pages. 

  • Earn 1 to 6 internship course units.
  • Submit the completed SGPP Internship Work Plan ONLINE by January 13, 2021.
  • Work Plan must contain details of how remote projects will be substantive and meaningful.
  • Follow the steps for enrollment on the SGPP Apply for Internship Credit website pages.
  • Students will complete internship course assignments through D2L during their internship.
  • This option is not open for Honors credit.

2. In-person Internships (001 section): 

This option is available only if the UA Covid Assessment form (see below) is approved by the department. This option may change based on community or UA Covid contingency plans.

DEADLINE: Submit SGPP Work Plan online and UA Covid Assessment form as soon as you are able. Final Deadline: January 13, 2021 

See Apply for Internship Credit web page for SGPP Work Plan, UA Covid Assessment form, and enrollment process.

Organizations offering in-person internships are noted on the Find Internships pages. 

  • Earn 1 to 6 internship course units.
  • Submit the completed SGPP Internship Work Plan and UA Covid Assessment ONLINE by January 13, 2021.
  • Follow the steps for enrollment on the SGPP Apply for Internship Credit website pages.
  • Students will complete internship course assignments through D2L during their internship.

3. Academic Internship Course (003 section): Open to CJS, PMPC, POL seniors only

No internship work (either remote or in-person) - career-related coursework only.

DEADLINE: January 13, 2021 (Note: Students can NOW self-enroll in this class.)

Students will enroll in a special section of the internship course that will focus on career-related course content that will fulfill the CJS and PMPC internship requirement.

  • 3 credit internship course.
  • This course fulfills the internship requirement for CJS & PMPC students.
  • Students will self-enroll in this special section of the internship course. See Apply for Internship Credit for details. No need to complete Work Plan. (Note: Students can enroll NOW self-enroll in this class.)
  • Students will complete academic career-related course assignments through D2L during their internship. No class meetings.
  • This option is not open for Honors credit.

Please note: Internships are listed in the course catalog as "In-person" because traditionally students intern in-person. This designation will remain the same for Spring 2021. Students should be aware, however, that there will be no "In-person" component to the Academic Internship course, or the Remote Internships, for Spring 2021. We regret any confusion.

Internship Requirement

Carefully read the information on this website and/or in the Internship Manual, below.

Internship Manual

For a complete guide to internship policies and procedures, download the Internship Manual.

Internship Benefits

Internships are an important part of the School of Government and Public Policy’s curriculum. Internships offer you a chance to work in an area of interest and allow you the time and experience necessary to evaluate your future career opportunities. Internships also allow you to:

  • 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

Eligibility Requirements

To receive academic credit for an internship, you must:

  • Be an SGPP major or minor
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completed at least one semester at UA
  • Have earned 30 or more credits (freshman not eligible for internship credit.)

Requirements by Major

  • Criminal Justice (CJS) majors are REQUIRED to complete a 3 unit internship course (PA 493). Up to 6 internship credits can count toward major elective credit.
  • Public Management & Policy (PMPC) majors are REQUIRED to complete a 3 unit internship course (PA 393).  Up to 6 internship credits  can count toward major elective credit.
  • CJS & PMPC double majors must complete an internship for each major. 
  • Law majors will enroll in internships through the B.A in Law office. Contact Linus Kafka, Assistant Director, Careers and Outreach, to receive internship enrollment information.
  • Political Science majors and SGPP minors are encouraged to enroll in internships for upper division elective credit (POL 393).

Two Components of the SGPP Internship

Component One: Remote or On-site internship at nonprofit organization or government agency

Component Two: Enrollment in academic course (work done through D2L, no in-person class)

SGPP Internship Credit

SGPP internship course credit is only given for approved internships with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or government agencies. The hours that are required for completion of an internship are designed to mirror the number of hours that a student would spend on a challenging upper division course (class time + assignments).

  • One unit of academic credit is awarded for 45 hours of internship work (40 on-site internship hours + 5 hours work on course assignments.)
  • For example, for a 3 credit internship, 120 hours on-site internship work + 15 hours course assignments = 135 hours.
  • Internship hours must be completed within the designated dates of your course enrollment. No retroactive internship credit will be granted.

Internship credit may be either general 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.

Step 1: Find an Internship

Finding an internship is similar to the process of securing employment. You need to contact organizations of interest and apply for an internship in the same way that they would a job.

  • Plan ahead. Depending on location, start your search 4-12 months before your planned start date.
  • Understand internship eligibility and requirements, see above.
  •  Prepare a resume and cover letter (UA Career Development office can help).
  •  Research internship options and apply to multiple organizations (at least 5).

Where to find internships:

Getting an internship approved:

  • Find an internship with substantial responsibilities directly related to your major.
  • Organizations on the SGPP website in a student’s major area are usually approved for SGPP credit.
  • If you have found an internship NOT on our website, you must complete the SGPP Internship Work Plan and submit it online for approval.
  • Final approval for all internships will be based on the thoughtful, thorough completion and submission of the Work Plan before the beginning of the enrollment semester or summer session.

International Internships  For more information, view the internships on the Study Abroad website. Scholarships are available.

Law majors will enroll in internships through the B.A in Law office. Contact Linus Kafka, Career Strategies Officer, to receive the internship application. 

Step 2: Steps to be Enrolled in an SGPP Internship Course - 001 section

After finding an internship, you will complete the SGPP Internship Work Plan (available on the Apply for Internship Credit page) in order to be enrolled in the internship course. You will need to work with your site supervisor to complete the Work Plan. 

DEADLINE: Submit Work Plan online before the start of the start of each semester or summer session.

Please read to the end of this page before clicking the button below.

Apply for Internship Credit

Step 3: Enroll in Internship Course (001 section)

After submitting the SGPP Internship Work Plan (see above), the Internship Coordinator will enroll you in the appropriate internship course depending on your major (PA 393/493, POL 393).

Your final steps include:

  1. Pay UA course tuition and check your UAccess schedule for enrollment accuracy.
  2. Read the course syllabus on D2L and follow all course requirements.

Internship Course - PA 393, PA 493 and POL 393

Students enrolled in an SGPP internship course will:

  • Engage in on-site internship work for 40 hours per credit hour.  (120 on-site hours per 3 credit internship)
  • Spend a minimum of 5 hours per credit hour on course work over the enrollment period.  (15 course work hours per 3 credit internship)
  • Carefully review the syllabus and all course assignments posted on D2L.
  • Submit all academic assignments through D2L.
  • Check UA email regularly for instructor course instructions.

No textbook is required for this course and there are no in-person class meetings.

International Students

International students must apply for and receive Curricular Practical Training approval from International Student Services before participating. More information can be found on the International Student Services website under F-1 Student Employment: Curricular Practical Training.

Internship Waiver

Criminal Justice Studies and Public Management & Policy majors may request to waive their 3 credit internship requirement and replace it with a 3 credit upper division class in their major if the following criteria apply:

  • The student is currently working 30 + hours/week in a professional capacity, and the job is ongoing and permanent (not a summer job)
  • The student can provide proof of working previously in a full-time professional position clearly related to the student’s major for at least one year.
  • The job description shows clear relevance to the student’s major

Contact Susan Warren, the SGPP Internship Coordinator for more information. 

Tuition, Fees, and Registration Deadlines

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

Questions

Contact Susan Warrenthe SGPP Internship Coordinator for more information.

University of Arizona Internship Policies