Arizona Legislative & Government Internship
The Arizona Legislative and Government Internship Program is a competitive university-wide program that provides an opportunity to intern full-time at a state agency, the Arizona State Legislature, the Governor's Office, or the Arizona Supreme Court during spring semester. Participants receive a tuition and fee waiver, a stipend of approximately $6,000, and 12 undergraduate or 9 graduate internship credits.
For this competitive program, interns are placed in various agencies, the Arizona State Legislature, the Governor's Office, and the Arizona Supreme Court during the Spring semester. Check out the AZ Leg program roadmap here.
- Students must have 75 credits completed before the start of the internship.
- Must have a 3.0 GPA.
- All majors welcome.
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Complete the application before applying on Handshake, ASU's Career Center.
Upload your completed program application, unofficial transcript, personal statement, resume, and two (2) current academic or professional letters of recommendation from either a work supervisor or professor. *Please do not include letters from colleagues, coworkers, family members or friends.
If your recommenders do not want you to upload their letters, they can email them to School of Politics and Global Studies Program Coordinator Kayla Stamey at Kayla.Stamey@asu.edu.
Deadline to apply: September 22, 2023 at 5 p.m.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible if you are enrolled full-time at ASU, will have completed 75 total academic credits before the start of the internship (must have completed by the end of the fall semester) and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of application. This information can be found on your MyASU page.
Online students are eligible, but if selected, must be willing to work physically in the greater Phoenix area.
What are the duties and responsibilities of the internship?
Assignments vary depending on placements. See our program webpage at https://spgs.asu.edu/az-leg-internship for detailed descriptions of internships at each oﬃce. Many interns have continued working in the government sector upon graduation because of their outstanding work performance during their internship.
What are the financial benefits and duration of the internship?
The stipend is approximately $6,000 for the 18-week program. Students also receive an ASU tuition and fee waiver.
How do I apply?
Upload your completed ASU cover page, program application, unoﬃcial transcript, personal statement, resume, and two current letters of recommendation to the application form under apply now by the listed deadline. If your recommenders do not want you to upload their letters, they can email the letters to Kayla.Stamey@asu.edu. It is your responsibility to make sure all materials, including recommendation letters, are received by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Can I apply for more than one government agency?
Yes. Apply for as many positions as you are interested in. However, you need only complete one application.
Who should write the letters of recommendation?
Two current (e.g., within the last six months) recommendation letters are required. Letters can be from professors, employers, or community members who can speak to your work ethic and communication skills (e.g., your writing). Please do not include letters from colleagues, coworkers, family members or friends. Letters should be addressed to the Arizona Legislative and Government Internship Screening Committee and can be uploaded by you with your other application materials or emailed by your recommenders to Kayla.Stamey@asu.edu.
If I'm receiving my undergraduate degree before next spring, can I still apply?
Yes, but you must be enrolled as a full-time student for the fall semester. Students admitted to a graduate program for spring can apply. Students can also apply to be a non-degree seeking graduate student through ASU Graduate Studies. See a graduate academic advisor to inquire whether or not these internship course credit credits can be applied to a specific degree program. Internship offers cannot be deferred to another semester.
How do I find out more about the program?
Attend an Arizona Legislative & Government Internship Program open house and/or one of our pre-interview workshops at the Tempe and downtown campuses. For dates, times, and locations, see our program webpage at https://spgs.asu.edu/az-leg-internship
What if I am unable to attend the Info Session?
The info session offers a chance for students to interact with the agencies and clear any doubts about the internships. Not attending the info session would not affect your application process but it is highly recommended you attend as it gives you an opportunity to ask questions and in the process, learn more about each agency.
If I am abroad, can I Skype in for an interview?
Yes, you can Skype/Zoom in for an interview. However, we have found that often times we encounter technical difficulties that are beyond our control. This therefore adds a complication which may negatively impact the interview. Days before the interview date and time, SPGS will communicate with you to arrange for the Skype interview.
What are the hours? If selected, when do I begin?
In general, interns work a minimum of 40 hours a week, usually 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and overtime as needed. Interns begin the ﬁrst working day in January and are also required to attend an orientation.
If selected, how would the tuition and fee waiver impact my grants, loans, scholarships, and financial aid status?
You must check with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Services- https://students.asu.edu/ﬁnancialaid to determine how the tuition and fee waiver will impact your loans, grants, scholarships, and ﬁnancial aid status.
If selected for an internship, how do I register for internship credits?
There is no one course number for this program; almost every major has an internship course (for example, POS 484). You should work with an academic advisor to obtain the information needed to register for internship credits and to complete a course credit form, which can be accessed on our webpage at https://spgs.asu.edu/az-leg-internship
ASU has an agreement with the legislature that precludes advisors and professors from requiring outside assignments or class attendance in order for students to receive internship course credits during the semester in which they participate in the program. If your school or department will not award internship course credits under these conditions, please meet with an advisor in the School of Politics and Global Studies to complete the form and receive the information needed to register for POS internship course credits. You can make an appointment to meet with an SPGS advisor here: https://spgs.asu.edu/advising.
What is the Course Credit Form?
Before you can register for internship credit, you first need to obtain a course permission. This form is your first step and is required to participate in the internship program. If you plan to enroll in an additional class, it also must be recorded on this form. We audit your class enrollment to ensure that all agreements with the government entities are met. Here are the steps:
- You have to complete and sign the Course Credit Form. You will receive an email to submit this form to the School of Politics and Global Studies (SPGS) through Google Forms.
- SPGS (or the department awarding the internship credit) processes the course permission for your ID. If you plan to enroll in an internship course other than POS484 (e.g., HIS484), then we will forward the form to that department.
- SPGS (or the other department) informs you that you can register for the course (e.g., POS484, SLN 23910).
- You enroll for the internship course. Please select the correct number of credits. POS484 (and other variable credit courses) default to “1 credit” so you must select the correct number (e.g., 12 credits, or 6 POS484 and 6 HIS484).
It is YOUR responsibility to enroll in classes that fit your program of study and financial circumstance. Please meet with an academic advisor and/or Financial Aid Services (https://students.asu.edu/contact/financialaid) if you are not sure.
If selected for an internship, how many credit hours will I receive?
Undergraduate students receive 12 course credits for the internship, graduate students receive 9 course credits. Although additional coursework is discouraged based on the full-time nature of this internship, students may take an additional course if approved by the internship supervisor on the course credit form. The government agency intern supervisor will complete mid- and end-of-term evaluations. Most internship supervisors also require a paper, portfolio, or some written summary of the experience. The materials are given to the professor issuing the credits.
Can I receive internship credits from another department for this internship?
POS 484/584 internship courses align with ASU and the Legislature’s Agreement for the Internship Program and Dr. Tara Lennon is the POS484 “faculty submitting grade” (for the form below). If you plan to enroll in a different department’s internship course, you will need to review that department’s internship requirements because the AZ Legislative and Governmental Internship Program does not allow regular class attendance or additional research essays. The internship supervisors provide midterm and final evaluations of your performance and you write a final reflection paper which includes samples of your written work during the session. SPGS can share ASU and the Legislature’s Agreement with your department, if needed.
How are grades determined?
It is up to the school or department issuing the internship course credits to determine if the credits will be pass/fail or letter graded. Some schools and departments, such as those under The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, do not allow pass/fail credits to count toward major, minor, or certificate program requirements. The school or department issuing the credits will identify how grades will be determined.
Can this internship delay my graduation?
Depending on the total credits completed and the credits required in your program of study, these internship course credits may or may not be applied toward your degree program. Talk to your academic advisor to determine if and how these internship course credits may be applied.
Should I still enroll for spring semester courses?
Yes, have your course schedule set in advance as you normally would. You can drop courses later if you are accepted into the internship program. Students are strongly discouraged from taking any courses beyond the internship courses while serving as interns, as overtime may be required on any given day. Permission from your government agency internship supervisor is needed to take additional courses during the internship.