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Students have paid Internship opportunities with county governments
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Students have paid Internship opportunities with county governments

ATLANTA, Ga.--  (submitted by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia)  

Students looking 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, stormwater 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.”

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