Gain career experience

The School of Social Transformation offers multiple internship opportunities for students to go out in the community, form lasting professional connections and gain work experience while earning academic credit.

Our school doesn’t just help students find internships, it prepares students for them. As a part of the internship program, students complete a course that identifies the relationship between classroom learning and making an impact in the real world.

Students have worked in fields as diverse as animal rights, domestic violence shelters, and law offices.

Ready to jump start your career?

Learn more about the internship requirements and the next steps toward landing an undergraduate internship on the Additional Internship Information below. 

For more information, please email or call 480­-965­-7682.

Additional Internship Information

Internship FAQs

Q: Can I arrange an internship with my current employer?

A: Effective spring 2010, it may be possible if certain conditions are met. First, you cannot have been working in that placement for more than 6 months. Second, you must obtain a different supervisor to report to during your internship. Finally, you must clearly demonstrate that the internship differs from your job.

Q: Can I complete the internship over the summer and then apply for credit in the fall?

A: No. The hours that you work in your internship must be completed during the semester in which you register. Retroactive credit cannot be given for internships.

Q: How do I get an internship?

A: Internships are competitive because they are in great demand. You will need to identify and apply for an internship, just as you would for a job. It will be your responsibility to procure the internship prior to enrolling in a credit-bearing class. If needed, ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services can help you line up possible internship sites, write a cover letter, and prepare a resume. Visit ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services page for more information on finding an internship. 

Q: Can I work an internship that’s not on the SST Internship Opportunities List?

A: Yes. You can arrange your own internship as long as it meets the School of Social Transformation’s requirements. Arrange a meeting with the SST Internship Coordinator to start the process.

Q: How many hours do I have to work per week? 

A: To earn 3 credit hours you must work a total of 135 hours. During the fall and spring semesters, this works out to be about 8 hours a week on the job. 

Q: What do I have to do besides work at my internship?

A: In addition to working your internship hours, you are required to register for credit. As an intern you are expected to complete career­-related assignments, write one reflective papers, record all internship hours, and your site supervisor will be asked to submit one final evaluation about your performance during the semester.

Q: Can I receive internship credit if I am being paid or receiving a stipend?

A: Yes. While internship providers are not expected to compensate interns, if you find an internship that is paid you can still earn academic credit for the internship.

Q: Will I receive a grade for my internship?

A: Yes. Students will work with internship coordinator to determine grade.

Q: Can my internship count for one of my major requirements?

A: Internships for Women and Gender Studies or Asian Pacific American Studies are required for the majors. Justice Studies internships count only as electives. 

Q: I am an online student. Can I still do an internship?

A: Yes, you can do an internship in your area, and we can work with that site to complete the paperwork. Your tuition will be based on the number of credits you complete.

Q: OK, I am ready to do an internship. What are my next steps?

A: See below.

Internship Application

Prepare a cover letter and resume

  • Career and Professional Development Services Website: Resources for students on both employment and internships. You will need to register with Handshake to utilize many of these resources.
  • Resume Dropbox: Students and alumni can upload resumes in a Word document and have it reviewed by a CPDS team member within 3 business days.
  • Interview Stream: Students and alumni can practice interviewing from the comfort of their own home. At the end, the students have the option to send the recording to a professional staff member for review and feedback.

State, County, and City Government
City planning offices, legal offices, public relations, archives, and more. Check your own local government offices for opportunities near your place of residence.

You will find internship opportunities at a local level in government offices in Tempe, Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa.

At the State level in Arizona, try:

Please do your research, as websites and programs are constantly changing. If you do not live in the ASU area, you can use these ideas to do some research in the areas near you.

Already found an internship?

Complete the enrollment process:

All paperwork must be received by the first day of classes for the term in which you would like to complete the internship. Click here to view the academic calendar.

Schedule an advising appointment:

Schedule an appointment (in-person, phone, or Zoom) with the SST Internship Coordinator: (please choose Internship as the reason for scheduling). If your appointment is in-person, please bring the completed paperwork with you. If your appointment is via phone or Zoom, please e-mail the completed paperwork to prior to your appointment. 

The office is open Monday-­Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-­round. Students who need to cancel or postpone an appointment should call 480­-965-­7682 prior to the scheduled appointment time. A student who is more than 15 minutes late is considered a no show and will need to reschedule their appointment.

Complete Student Placement Agreement

The link below is a sample document. The Internship Coordinator will send the Student Placement Agreement electronically to your internship site supervisor. 

ASU Placement Agreement (for new sites)

Internship Requirements

Students in the School of Social Transformation are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship during their time at Arizona State University. The school closely supervises internships to ensure students are getting a professional experience that will help prepare them for a future career.

Students in the following degree programs are required to complete at least one professional-
level internship for credit:

  • Asian Pacific American Studies BA
  • Asian Pacific American Studies Undergraduate Certificate
  • Women and Gender Studies BA

Students in the following degree programs may complete an internship or undergraduate
research experience:

  • Human Rights Undergraduate Certificate
  • Social Transformation Undergraduate Certificate

Internships for academic credit
Students completing an internship have the opportunity to earn three hours of academic, non­graded credit.

Internship hours required at placement site:
3 credits – 135 clocked hours for the semester

The internship program has a strong academic component that connects classroom learning with on­site learning. Students are expected to identify and pursue key learning objectives, connect their internship work to goals of social transformation and write a critical analysis of their experience.

Eligibility requirements/pre­requisites:
Students are eligible to pursue an internship if they meet the following academic criteria:

Have earned 45 credit hours with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

All students must work with the School of Social Transformation’s student support coordinator to select, and be admitted to, an internship program.