General Information

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.

Spring Internship Applications - now closed.

Summer Internship Applications - see application for choice of summer session.


_____ Full Summer Session: May 14 - August 8 (13 weeks) - Applications due May 11

_____ 10 Week Session: June 4 - August 8 (10 weeks) - Applications due May 25

_____ Summer Session 1: June 4 - July 5 (5 weeks) - Applications due May 25

_____ Summer Session 2: July 9 - August 8 (5 weeks) - Applications due June 22

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.)

SGPP Requirements by Major

  •      Criminal Justice and Public Management & Policy majors are REQUIRED to complete a 3 unit internship. 
  •      CJS and PMPM students must find an internship directly related to their field.
  •      Double majors in CJS & PMPC must complete an internship for each major. 
  •      Political Science, BA in Law and SGPP minors are encouraged to enroll in internships for upper division elective credit. 
  •      Law majors may receive credit for either a SGPP or LAW internship. 

Earning Internship Credit

SGPP credit is only given for approved internships with either a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a government agency.

POL 393 and PA 393 and PA 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.

  • 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.

10 Steps to Find, Secure and Enroll in an Internship: 

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.

Initial 5 Steps: Secure the Internship

   1.  Plan ahead! Depending on location, apply 2-12 months before your start date.

   2.  Understand internship eligibility and requirements, see above.

   3.  Prepare resume and cover letter (UA Career Development office can help).

   4.  Research internship options and apply to multiple organizations (at least 5).

   5.  Internship Approval and Acceptance

  • Internships found at organizations on the SGPP website are preapproved.
  • 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.
  • Law majors wanting to enroll in a LAW internship, please contact Keith Swisher, BA in Law Director.

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

Final 5 Steps: Earn Internship Credit  (PA 393, PA 493, POL 393)

   6.  Complete the internship application with your site supervisor once you have been offered an internship and it has been approved. The Summer Internship Applications will be posted in MarchLaw majors wanting to enroll in a LAW internship, please contact Keith Swisher, BA in Law Director.

   7.  Deliver completed and signed application to Internship Coordinator, Susan Warren, by scan/email or bring to her office. 
        See Wiseadvising for office hours.

   8.  The Internship Coordinator enrolls you in the appropriate course (PA 393, PA 493, POL 393).

   9.  Pay UA course tuition and check your UAccess schedule for enrollment accuracy.

  10. On D2L, read course syllabus and follow all course requirements.


Additional Information

Internship Hours:

  • must be completed within the designated dates of your course enrollment.
  • will be tracked by the site supervisor and the intern.
  • will be reported by the site supervisor at the end of the internship.

International Internships  – Scholarships available. For more information, email Internship Coordinator, Susan Warren

Tuition, Fees, and Registration Deadlines

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