Political Entrepreneurship through Internships: Local to Global

If you want to see how policy change works firsthand, you may find a perfect fit with an internship at an organization that allows you to learn in person, in real time how change occurs and policy is made.


This political entrepreneurship certificate program prepares students for careers in public policy in global and domestic environments whether they be in governance organizations, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit agencies or private enterprises engaged in policy-making, implementation and critical assessment.

The program requirements include applied practice in these settings and an internship. A variety of internship opportunities exist for students with global, national, state or local interests. Coursework in the social sciences, humanities and business prepares students to be participants in policy processes as an avenue of civic engagement.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

The requirements include applied practice in public policy settings and internship opportunities. Students majoring in any subject at the university may be awarded the certificate upon completion of the following 15 credits (12 of which must be upper-division and nine of which must be taken from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences):

Part One: Introductory Course

Select one of the following:
POS 110 Government and Politics, SB (3)
POS 150 Comparative Government, SB, G (3)
POS 160 Global Politics, SB, G (3)
POS 310 American National Government, SB (3)
SGS 101 Thinking Globally: The Individual and Authority, SB (3)
SGS 301 Principles of Global Studies (3)

Part Two: Policy and Leadership

Select one of the following:
POS 325 Public Policy Development, SB (3)
POS 351 Democratization, SB, G (3)
POS 361 American Foreign Policy, SB, G (3)
POS 364 National Security, Intelligence and Terrorism, SB (3)
POS 410 Governing American Cities, SB (3)
POS 426 Elements of Public Policy, SB (3)
POS 468 Comparative Asian Foreign Policies, SB, G (3)
POS 486 International Political Economy, SB, G (3)
SGS 320 Mechanisms of Governance (3)
SGS 321 International Institutions and Global Governance (3)
SGS 340 Violence, Conflict and Human Rights (3)
SGS 350 Economic Development and Globalization (3)

Part Three: Internship

Students may use three or six credits of the following:
POS 484 Internship
SGS 484 Internship

Part Four: Related Elective

Select one or two of the following depending on the number of credits taken in part three:

BUA 380 Small Business Leadership (3)
BUA 383 Small Business Working Relationships (3)
COM 222 Argumentation, L (3)
COM 225 Public Speaking, L (3)
COM 230 Small Group Communication, SB (3)
COM 250 Introduction to Organizational Communication, SB (3)
COM 259 Communication in Business and the Professions (3)
COM 312 Communication, Conflict and Negotiation (3)
ENG 301 Writing for the Professions, L (3)
FIN 380 Personal Financial Management (3)
JUS 320 Community and Social Justice, SB, C (3)
MGT 290 My Life Venture (3)
MGT 380 Management and Strategy for Nonmajors (3)
NLM 160 Voluntary Action and Community Leadership, SB (3)
NLM 220 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3)
NLM 410 Social Entrepreneurship (3)
PAF 200 Public Service and Policy in the 21st Century (3)
PAF 201 Economics and Public Policy, SB (3)
PAF 300 Public Management and Administration (3)
PAF 311 Leadership and Change, SB (3)
PAF 340 Contemporary Policy Challenges (3)
PAF 410 Building Leadership Skills, SB (3)
PAF 420 Public Leadership (3)
PAF 460 Public Service Ethics (3)
POS 494 Special Topics: McCain Institute Policy Design (3)
SGS 204 Professional Global Career Development (or equivalent career exploration course) (3)
SOS 111 Sustainable Cities, HU or SB, G (3)
SOS 321 Policy and Governance in Sustainable Systems (3)
URB 305 Urban Governance (3)
URB 405 Citizen Engagement and Community Building (3)
USL 210 Service Learning: Intro to Diverse Community Issues, L, C (3)
USL 410 Service Learning: Diverse Community Issues, L, C (3)

Students earning the certificate must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"); only courses in which students have a grade of "C" or higher count toward the certificate.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Admission Requirements

Any student admitted to study at ASU may complete a certificate. Students should contact the School of Politics and Global Studies for more information about the certificate.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.