Our students interned more than 50,000 hours at nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Tucson, and beyond, this past 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.
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
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).
SGPP Internship Credit
SGPP internship course credit is only given for approved internships with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or government agencies.
These units 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.
- One unit of academic credit is awarded for 45 hours of internship work (on-site hours + course assignments.)
- For a 3 credit internship, 135 internship hours need to be completed in one semester.
- Internship hours must be completed within the designated dates of your course enrollment. No retroactive internship credit will be granted.
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, apply 2-12 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:
- View pre-approved SGPP internships
- View the UA Career Development information and search internships on Handshake.
- Search online for 501(c)(3) non-profit or government agencies in your interest area.
Getting an internship approved:
- Internships found at organizations on the SGPP website are pre-approved.
- If you have found an internship NOT on our website, you must ask your internship supervisor to complete the Internship Description and return it to Susan Warren, the Internship Coordinator for approval.
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: Apply for SGPP Internship Credit
After finding an approved internship, you should complete the SGPP Internship Application in order to receive internship credit. You will need to work with your site supervisor to complete the application.
Step 3: Enroll in Internship Course
After submitting the SGPP Internship Application (see above), the Internship Coordinator will enroll you in the appropriate internship course depending on your major (PA 393, POL 393).
Your final steps include:
- Pay UA course tuition and check your UAccess schedule for enrollment accuracy.
- Read the course syllabus on D2L and follow all course requirements.
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.
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.