The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University offers unpaid internship opportunities for college students, graduate students and recent graduates in Washington and Phoenix.

Internships are offered in the fall (September to December), spring (January to April) and summer (May to August).


Fall 2017 Term: Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, December 8

Application Deadline: Friday, July 14, 2017

Spring 2018 Term: Tuesday, January 16 to Friday, April 20

Application Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017

Summer 2018 Term: Tuesday, May 22 to Friday, August 3

Application Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

Internships In Washington

In Washington, there are five programs at the McCain Institute which interns support and assist:

  • The Global Rule of Law & Governance program has two components: academic and operational. The academic component instructs students on the development of rule of law and good governance in transitional and post-conflict states while the operational component is a focal point for securing and implementing development projects in the areas of rule of law and governance. (1 intern)
  • The Next Generation Leaders (NGL) program is designed to identify, train, network and empower a group of emerging, character-driven leaders. (2 interns)
  • The Human Trafficking program educates, raises awareness and implements innovative, action-based solutions to end modern slavery. (2 interns)
  • The Human Rights and Democracy program is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom in the United States and around the world. (1 intern)
  • The Communications and Events program plays a critical role in creating and shaping the Institute’s communications and social media strategy and aids in execution of Institute events. (1 intern)

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Research various issues such as human rights and democracy; ethics, values, and leadership readings to supplement the NGL curriculum development; human trafficking; and international rule of law, good governance, transitional justice, and other relevant topics;
  • Attend meetings and talks and provide written summaries;
  • Represent the Institute at events, conferences and seminars to learn about ongoing work done in relevant areas;
  • Track media sources for relevant stories that will be sent out via the Institute’s various social media platforms, including daily Twitter posts;
  • Support event planning and execution; and
  • Perform other tasks as required.


  • Responsible, mature, professional, motivated, and adaptable;
  • Ability to work independently and exercise excellent judgment; be a self-starter;
  • Must be highly organized, able to balance multiple priorities, meet deadlines and work well in team-oriented environment;
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail;
  • Previous experience using social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, etc.;
  • Comfortable interacting with high-level professionals and officials regularly; and
  • Other duties as assigned, including general office support and administration.

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (two pages max), and two references in a single PDF to: [email protected].

Internships in PHoenix

In Phoenix, interns assist with the Human Trafficking program’s partnerships and events in Arizona.

Applicants may apply for two roles:

Intern: Arizona Human Trafficking Council: This role supports the efforts of the Governor’s Arizona Human Trafficking Council by facilitating the efforts of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

Intern: Student Alliance Against TraffickingThis role supports the work of the Student Alliance Against Trafficking in uniting and empowering student activists to combat human trafficking.