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The Science and Technology Policy Internship (HSD 584) course is required of all students pursuing the MSTP degree. The internship will involve working for a public, private or non-profit agency for a minimum of 135 contact hours, usually over a period of eight weeks during the academic summer session. However, spring internships are available and should be approved by the degree program chair. Students have often devoted more than 135 contact hours at their internship site, which greatly enhances the experience.

Benefits of the internship:
  • Enhance learning in a professional environment
  • Gain professional experience by contributing to projects at the internship site
  • Build communication, interpersonal, teamwork and other leadership skills
  • Network with people to learn about career opportunities
  • Develop a resume that displays skills and professional experience 

All Internship sites require approval through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students should work with the Graduate Advisor to make sure their Internship site is currently approved or to initiate and complete the appropriate paperwork to get site approval.

Students should start exploring internship opportunities two academic terms before the planned internship. Some internship entities close applications 4-6 months in advance. Students should investigate options with their faculty advisor, degree program chair, and with their current employer to determine whether there might be appropriate opportunities available. Company websites, Linked In, and other online resources including ASU Career Services also offer options.