County-University Partnership Presents New Opportunities for College Students in County Government
Clayton State University student Kashif Campbell was recently recognized for participation as an intern in the Georgia County Internship Program.
At a conference in September at the Georgia Aquarium; interns, county managers and campus career services officers came together to recognize the first round of interns to complete the program, learn about one another’s experiences and offer tips for future internships. County leaders said they were amazed at how bright and productive the interns were, and interns said they got a real sense of the public service element of working for a county, where government meets the people.
The Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) connects college students with Georgia county internships. It provides undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to intern in county departments throughout the state for a hands-on understanding of the workings of local government. Students from any major can search across a spectrum as wide as the responsibilities of local government: human resources, communications, finance and budgeting, information technology, tourism, stormwater management, tax appraisal and more.
GCIP is a partnership between the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE). The Georgia Department of Labor added $250,000 in funding to jumpstart the program and encourage more counties to offer internships.
The aims of the collaboration are to allow college students a hands-on understanding of the workings of county government and to contribute to their future as informed citizens and voters.
Paid internships for the fall are available through Dec. 31, 2010. Work hours and internship duration are flexible according to the particular position requirements or student schedules.
More photos from the conference: http://www.flickr.com/photos/accg_photos/sets/72157624942701405/with/5076408520/