Pre-Application Preparation Workshops

60-90 minute workshops and Q&A provide detailed information for student use in developing a successful Statement of Interest and tailoring Resume for government and specific projects/departments for proposed internships in spring 2019.

  • Review eligibility criteria and position/project requirements
  • Discuss application materials – Statement of Interest, Resume, transcripts

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 11:45am – 12:45pm, UCENT 480A, downtown Phoenix campus
Friday, October 11, 2019, 9:30 – 10:30am, Coor Hall #6607, Tempe campus
Friday, October 11, 2019, 2:15 – 3:15 pm, UCENT 480A, downtown Phoenix campus



Maricopa County Leadership and Education Advancing Public Service 

Recruitment for Spring 2020 begins October 3

with the MCLEAPS Internship Recruitment KickOff

4:00 - 6:00 pm | Cronkite Building, Room 128 | ASU downtown Phoenix campus

Meet Maricopa County department managers and hear first-hand experiences from current interns

Can't make it to the recruitment kickoff?  Or seeking information to prepare now for Spring 2020 recruitment?

  1. Review information on this frontpage - overview, benefits, eligibility
  2. Click on "How It Works" on the menu to the left on this page. Read and review Application and Internship procedures
  3. Watch for announcement of Spring 2020 project/department proposals and schedule of Pre-Applications Prep Workshops, after the kick-off event October 3
  4. Once posted, select a workshop and RSVP your attendance.  Attend prior to preparing and submitting your application


What is the MCLEAPS Internship Program?

Arizona State University students have the opportunity to compete for paid internships within multiple Maricopa County departments through an award-winning program approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Arizona State University. This ASU and Maricopa County partnership offers top students hands-on experience and greatly enhances their education with an introduction to the opportunities and rewards of public service careers, including in county government. The internship program also provides specialized career training applicable to any field.

The Maricopa County Leadership and Education Advancing Public Service program, MCLEAPS, is administered through ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and internships are open to all ASU students.  Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for this experiential and educational opportunity. MCLEAPS is an exciting opportunity for the students and the County, and an example of Dr. Michael Crow’s vision. 

The full-time, immersive work-learning opportunities are offered in fall and spring semesters.  Most are project-based and vary by department, providing an opportunity to complement student’s academic pursuits, recruiting and training the highest performing, most dedicated young people to become the next generation of public servants.

Interns earn these benefits:

  • career-relevant work experience, skills, and industry knowledge for chosen career
  • opportunity to build a network of professional connections for career start and advancement 
  • full waiver of semester ASU tuition and fees (student will be responsible for any fees associated with specific degree programs)
  • stipend of $5000 paid for project work performed
  • academic credit toward degree, depending on major and degree, as well as Department or School requirements

Participating Maricopa County Divisions and Departments have included: 

  • Adult Probation
  • Air Quality
  • Animal Control and Care
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Services
  • Flood Control District
  • Human Services
  • Justice Systems and Planning and Information
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office - Investigations and Victim's Services
  • Maricopa County Department of Transportation - Communications, Finance and ITC
  • Maricopa County Education Service Agency - Research, Finance, and Marketing
  • Maricopa County Treasurer's Office
  • Medical Examiner's Office
  • Office of Enterprise Technology
  • Office of Communications
  • Planning and Development
  • Procurement Services
  • Public Fiduciary
  • Recorders Office/Elections Department
  • Research and Planning Services - Superior Court Administration
  • Sheriff's Office
  • School Superintendent's Office

*Bold type indicates departments that proposed projects to host interns in spring 2020

PDF iconspring_2020_mcleaps_internship_proposals.pdf 


The MCLEAPS Internship Program is open to all Arizona State University students who meet these eligibility requirements.

  • Eligible student candidates must be admitted and currently enrolled at Arizona State University.
  • Undergraduate students must have achieved a minimum of 75 credits toward the 120 credit ASU degree.  A second semester junior or senior student in first or second semester is eligible.
  • Graduate students are eligible.
  • Transfer students from community college or other public or private colleges or universities must have attended a minimum of one semester at ASU, prior to the start of the semester in which they will participate, to be eligible.
  • Students must have earned and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at ASU, as evidenced on their transcript.
  • International students are eligible to apply.