Pre-Application Preparation Workshops

60 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.

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

Learn from the application reviewer how to successfully apply for this award winning internship opportunity!

Spring 2024 MCLEAPS PRE-Application Preparation Workshops Schedule will be posted in October

All workshops held via Zoom Meeting.  Those also held in-person denoted by *.
Choose your date and time, then register at XXXXXX for either Zoom or in-person attendance



Maricopa County Leadership and Education Advancing Public Service 


FALL 2023 RECRUITMENT is now closed

The next opportunities will be in Spring 2024 (recruiting in October 2023).  You can look ahead and learn about the program on these pages in preparation.


Learn about the Program, eligibility, benefits and application through these recommended actions:

  1. Review program information on this front page, including program 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

You can also

  1. Read and learn about Maricopa County at  Review mission and values, MC and department webpages; learn about programs and services offered Maricopa County residents, to determine work of interest to you
  2. Check out MCLEAPS videos on YouTube

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

Participating Maricopa County Divisions and Departments have included: 

  • Adult Probation
  • Air Quality
  • Animal Care and Control
  • Assessor's Office
  • Assistant County Manager
  • Correctional Health Services
  • Department of Transportation
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Services - multiple units
  • Facilities Management
  • Flood Control District
  • Government Relations
  • Human Resources - various departments
  • Human Services Division - various departments
  • Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office - Investigations and Victim's Services
  • Maricopa County Department of Transportation -Communications, Finance and ITC
  • Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) - various departments
  • Maricopa County Treasurer's Office
  • Medical Examiner's Office
  • Office of Budget and Finance
  • Office of Enterprise Technology
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent
  • Office of the Public Defender
  • Planning and Development
  • Procurement Services
  • Public Fiduciary
  • Recorders Office/Elections Department
  • Research and Planning Services - Superior Court Administration
  • Treasurer's Office

*Departments in bold type recruited Fall 2023 Interns

Fall 2023 position/project descriptions are also posted on the Handshake platform, sponsored by University Career and Professional Development Services (UCPDS) at ASU.


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.
  • Eligible students must pass a background check administered by Maricopa County.
  • Undergraduate students must have achieved a minimum of 75 credits toward the 120 credit ASU degree.  A second semester junior or a senior student in first or second semester is 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
  • 4+1 accelerated degree candidates are eligible
  • Graduate students are eligible
  • International students are eligible to apply. It is recommended that international students confirm participation requirements with their academic unit