Civic Leaders Internship Program


The MU Office of Service-Learning is proud to offer academic credit to MU students for both government and non-profit internships. We support a wide variety of full and part-time internship opportunities during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

All of our internships are offered on a writing intensive basis and qualified students can earn Honors credit. In addition, the Office of Service-Learning works with students to package the internship in a way that fits into their graduation plan. Students from any major or background are eligible to apply, and all students must complete our competitive application process where we screen each student to ensure they meet the academic and professional requirements for the program.

Government Internships

The Civic Leaders Internship Program (CLIP) is a unique experience for students interested in serving the State of Missouri. Students earn academic credit while working as part or full-time legislative interns in a variety of government offices at the state capital. We work closely with students and their department to create credited internship experiences.

Our internship adviser assists students in finding a placement site that fits with their career interests and political views. We maintain contact throughout the semester via site visits, class meetings, evaluations, and direct conversation with the site supervisor. Our government internships place students in public policy oriented workplaces that allow students to gain professional experience and valuable professional contacts.

* Legislative internships available during the spring semester only

Non-Profit Internships

The MU Office of Service-Learning Non-Profit Internship Program is the only campus-wide program dedicated to connecting qualified and high achieving students with internships in the public and non-profit sector. Our unique position provides access to students with a wide range of majors, skills, and backgrounds who are passionate about assisting local community organizations in need of assistance and support. Service-based internships enable students to service those in need by utilizing their skills and strengths to help organizations carry out their mission.

Because students are enrolled in coursework related to their internship experience, their academic performance is tied directly to their internship performance. Students are regularly evaluated by their supervisors and by our program coordinator on an ongoing basis to ensure they are meeting the expectations set before them. Our program structure means students are actively engaged in coursework that strengthens their critical thinking, accountability, and professional skill set.

Interested? Email to start the application process.