Next Generation Service Corps Internships

The Next Generation Service Corps at ASU develops character-driven leaders armed with the courage to cross sectors, connect networks and ignite action for the greater good. 

In order to link the academic curriculum with real-world experience, Corps members complete one internship in each of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout their time at the university.  


An internship is a planned, short-term learning experience that allows students to take the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and apply them in a professional work setting. Internships offer students the opportunity to learn from professionals and explore potential career options in a wide-variety of disciplines and industries.  

An internship should be recognized as a professional development opportunity where the student is directly supervised and mentored by a staff member at the organization. Interns are given responsibilities beyond basic administrative or clerical tasks and focus on more project-based experiences.


  • gain hands-on experience that deepens what you've learned in the classroom, including the strengths, weaknesses, and values of each sector

  • learn about your chosen career field

  • expand your network

  • become an attractive recruit to future organizations!


It is expected that students exhibit professional behavior throughout the internship experience in addition to behavior in the classroom on ASU’s campus, as governed by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Student Code of Conduct.  

If at any time a student's behavior is ‘unprofessional’, he or she may be referred to the Executive Director of the Public Service Academy for disciplinary action.


Because Next Generation Service Corps members have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, the parameters for internships are necessarily broad to ensure that students can seek out opportunities that both fit within and augment their academic and career plans.

All NGSC-eligible internships must allow students to:

  • observe the values of the organization and, by extension, the sector in which it exists; 

  • be intertwined in the day-to-day operations of the organization or company; 

  • explore and understand the decision-making processes of that organization from an insider's perspective; and

  • serve a minimum of 70 hours.


Students must serve a minimum of 70 hours at their internship. Students' internship experiences should allow them to spend significant amounts of time within the organization so they are able to be immersed in that organization's culture.  

In partnership with their internship supervisor, students may build an internship schedule that allows them to work the 70 hours in a variety of ways: some of our students complete their internships within one semester or even 1-2 weeks, while others may have a shorter hourly commitment every week but work at the organization for several months.

The chart below is an example of what an internship schedule might look like; other hours-per-week arrangements are possible.

If your schedule allowed you to work:

You would need a:

20-25 hours per week

3-week internship

7-10 hours per week

1 semester internship (about 14-16 weeks)

3-7 hours per week

1 year-long internship (about 28-32 weeks)

Frequently Asked Questions

Location: Do internships have to be local to Phoenix?

  • No - we've had many of our students do internships across the U.S. and internationally!

Timing: Do I have to do my internship in the Summer?

  • No - though many students complete their internships during the summer, others work them into their Fall or Spring semester schedules, or even have internships that last for a whole year. There are many timing options available, as long as students stay on track to complete all 3 internships in each of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors within the four-year program.

Order of Internships: Do I have to complete my nonprofit internship first? 

  • No - the order is only a suggestion. If you have a great opportunity in the public or private sector first, pursue that experience!

Counting Major Requirements: Can I count an internship I’m doing for my major for NGSC?

  • Yes! We encourage you to “double-count” internships you are using to complete your major requirements for NGSC’s requirements as well. This includes requirements like clinicals, student teaching, etc. 

Compensation: Is it OK if my internship is paid? Unpaid? For credit with my major?

  • Yes to all! Any of the above arrangements are possible, though you may find that nonprofit and public sector internships are less likely to offer compensation.

NGSC Funding/Support: Does NGSC provide any funding or other support for students completing their internships in the summer?

  • No - NGSC is unable to provide any funding towards housing, travel, or fees related to internships.

Volunteer Positions/Positions not titled “Intern”: This nonprofit/public sector opportunity is for volunteers. Can this count?

  • Yes! Because NGSC students need internships in areas where they may not have the technical expertise necessary (e.g., medicine, law), position descriptions that are written for volunteers are a great way to get experience and fulfill your requirement. 

Alignment with Major and/or Social Mission: Does my internship have to be aligned with my major and/or social mission?

  • Ideally, internship positions would be aligned with both your major and your social mission, but internships MUST be aligned with at least one. 

Sector Requirements: I’m having a hard time finding opportunities. Can I do 2 nonprofit internships and 1 public sector one? Or 2 private sector and 1 nonprofit?

  • No - without completing one internship in EACH of the sectors, you will not be eligible to receive the certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership.

ASU Positions: I have an internship/research position with a department at ASU. What sector does that count for?

  • ASU internship or research positions count as public sector internships.