Arizona State University students will have an opportunity to compete for internships next fall with Maricopa County departments with a new program approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this week.
The Maricopa County Leadership and Education Advancing Public Service program, MCLEAPS, will be administered through the ASU School of Public Programs and individual county departments and will be open to all ASU students. The program offers a paid stipend of $4700 for the semester, a waiver of the semester’s tuition and fees and academic credit towards a degree, depending on the degree requirements of the students’ major.
Tentatively, internships for the Fall 2014 semester will include Air Quality, the Treasurer’s Office, Human Resources, Public Fiduciary, Justice System Planning & Information, Facilities Management, the Office of Management and Budget and the County Educational Service Agency. Students can learn more by checking copp.asu.edu/mcleaps.
Supervisor Clint Hickman said he hoped the pilot program could someday expand to include other universities. “This also has the advantage of informing citizens, especially young ones, about government in general and county government in particular,” he said.
“This has been the product of lots of hard work at the ASU College of Public programs, County Manager Tom Manos and our management team,” commented Supervisor Andy Kunasek.
The program will begin in August.