Internships are open to Government majors and minors who have junior or higher standing, at least a 2.5 GPA, completion of 12 credits of Government coursework, and consent of instructor.  The course – Govt 410 – may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits; however, only 3 credits apply toward the Government major or minor.

During the Fall or Spring semesters, students earn one credit hour for every three hour block per week they intern.  During Summer session I or II, students earn one credit hour for every eight hour block per week they intern. For more information about internships, check with your faculty advisor or the Government Department head, Dr. Harvey, at

Internships also are available for Government students in either the MA or MPA program.  Graduate students should check with their faculty advisers.

Public Agencies & Non-Profit Organizations

Capital Semester Spring 2017-2018

Sponsored by The Fund for American Studies, Capital Semester combines substantive internships, 12 academic credits, career development activities, site briefings and lectures led by policy experts. This fast-paced, fifteen-week residential program provides undergraduate students from around the world with opportunities to gain the edge in today’s competitive job market and graduate school admissions, and experience the excitement of Washington first-hand. For more information please refer here.

Prevention Team, La Pinon Sexual Assault Recovery Services

Students with professional skills are needed for internships centered on preventing sexual assault, including child abuse. Interns will receive training, give public talks to diverse demographic and age groups (Spanish speaking a plus), network with schools and other agencies, and write some grants and professional reports. Requirements: Minimum of a six month commitment; minimum of 10 hours per week with at least one day dedicated to 4 hours at La Pinon or presenting; 40- hour Advocacy Training required before start date; reliable transportation and some travel within the county; moderate computer skills. Interns must adhere to all regulations regarding confidentiality and duty to report child abuse.
Contact: Melissa Jaramillo-Gomez, MS, Prevention Program Coordinator, or, or (575) 526-3437

U.S. State Department

For students interested in working in the field of diplomacy and foreign affairs, the U.S. State Department offers a variety of internships and fellowships, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, in Washington D.C. and around the world. For more information, visit their web site at: or contact the NMSU-affiliated Diplomat-in-Residence, Robert Manzanares, at He is posted at the University of New Mexico.

City of Las Cruces

Overview: MPA students are matched to departments or city council to assist with policy analysis, budgeting, planning, public affairs, citizen participation efforts, and program development.
Contact: Dr. Christina Medina at

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Interns with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central New Mexicoas will have the opportunity to provide direct services to children and volunteers within Central New Mexico and/or can assist with fundraising (including grant writing and special events coordination) and volunteer recruitment efforts. Unpaid internships are available year round, and there is a possibility of a stipend or hourly wage dependent on the agency’s budget. Interns would work out of the Albuquerque office. If interested in internship options, please contact Rosa Jennings (Program Director) at 505-837-9223 or e-mail

Other opportunities come available throughout the year, so check back for new internship openings.

Other Internship Oppurtunities
The NMSU Career Services office subscribes to this extensive searchable database of internships around the country.  Log on with “New Mexico State University” as the School and “Interns01” as the Code.  Use “aggies” as the password.  For more information on this and other internship options, check the Internship page of Career Services, at