ATLANTA, Ga. (March 14, 2011) – Students looking for an internship this spring and summer should explore opportunities available in county government. The Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) was developed through a partnership between the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) to provide college, graduate and technical school students with opportunities to work in counties, allowing these students to gain valuable work experience while learning about local government operations. More than 100 paid spring and summer internships currently are available through this program in locations throughout the state. Interested students can view internship opportunities at: www.GeorgiaCountyInternships.org.
“In addition to developing a skilled workforce through practical internship experiences, the Georgia County Internship Program is promoting civic engagement.” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “We are not only connecting students with opportunities in county government; we’re connecting county government with tomorrow’s leaders.”
Last year, ACCG received a $250,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Labor to fund paid internships. This grant has been extended to fund additional internship opportunities through June 30, 2011. To date, the program has funded internships in 49 counties for 139 students.
The options for students to gain practical work experience are as abundant and varied as the responsibilities of county government. Internships exist in almost every county department ranging from the Commissioners’ Office to Public Works. Students may also find positions in human resources, public relations and communications, finance and budgeting, information technology, tourism, storm water project management, tax appraisal and more.
“This program is an example of the kind of unique opportunity that can be created through partnership,” said President Michael A. Gerber. “Colleges and universities have come together with county governments so that our students get great, real world work experiences. In return, counties get the services of the best talent the state has to offer.”
For more information on the Georgia County Internship Program or to view current internship opportunities, go to www.GeorgiaCountyInternships.org.
The Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) provides leadership enhancement, cost-efficient services and public policy development and advocacy on behalf of Georgia’s county officials their local communities. For more information on ACCG, go to www.accg.org.
The Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) brings together 20 of the Atlanta region’s public and private colleges and universities. ARCHE builds awareness of size, scope, impact and value of higher education and helps members share strengths through cooperative programs such as cross registration for courses and library sharing. Founded in 1938, ARCHE’s membership also includes six affiliated libraries and 13 corporate and nonprofit community partners. Visit www.atlantahighered.org for information about ARCHE, its members and its research reports.