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.


Due to the evolving situation with the Covid-19 virus, we are not certain exactly how the summer internship experience will look, but students will have a path for completing their internship requirement over the summer. 

For now, students can move forward applying to internships, and agencies can interview students remotely, for possible in-person summer internships. In-person summer internships can possibly begin on July 1st. The exact date for the beginning of in-person summer internships will be announced on May 1st. It is a possibility that there will be no in-person internships this summer.

Students can still go forward completing and submitting the online SGPP Internship Work Plan. After a review of the Work Plan, students will be enrolled for the summer internship. If students are unable to participate in person, the internship course will be completed through engagement in career development curriculum online.

We are currently working with Tucson nonprofit organizations and government agencies to find out which ones will be able to offer at least a portion of their internship remotely this summer. Once we have a list of these agencies, we will post them on the website and in the SGPP Weekly Bureau-Cat Online Newsletter.

Students who are unable to find summer internships and are due to graduate in August 2020 will be enrolled in the internship course and will complete career related course content for their internship requirement.

Summer internship courses will begin June 8th for the 10 week session ending August 12th.

Agencies and organizations may want to consider allowing students to do some (or all) of their internship remotely, if possible, especially during the month of June.

Due to the uncertain nature of the summer internships, sophomore and juniors are encouraged to postpone seeking internships, until further information is forthcoming.

Updates will appear on our SGPP internship website, in the student online newsletter, and in email messages as summer internship plans are solidified by the University and the School of Government & Public Policy.

Thank you for your patience.

SUMMER DEADLINE: Submit Work Plan online before the start of the SUMMER 10-week session (June 8th, 2020)

For Summer 2020, all students will be enrolled in the 10 week summer session. Students may:

  • Choose to complete your internship quickly and finish at any point during the 10 weeks.
  • Start your internship at any point in the 10 weeks (as long as you get their Work Plan submitted by June 8th).
  • Extend your internship past the August 12 deadline, if you request an “I” ahead of time.

SUMMER IMPACT AWARD - If eligible, you can receive $2500 awarded to your Bursar's account for your summer internship. 

FALL DEADLINE: Submit Work Plan online before the start of the FALL semester (August 24th, 2020)

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, Career Strategies Officer, 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: 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

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. 

SPRING DEADLINE: Submit Work Plan online before the start of the spring semester (January 14th, 2020)

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

Apply for Internship Credit

Step 3: Enroll in Internship Course

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 or view her availability on Trellis.

Tuition, Fees, and Registration Deadlines

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


Contact Susan Warren, the SGPP Internship Coordinator for more information or view her availability on Trellis.

University of Arizona Internship Policies