Civic Affairs Foundation - Georgia County Internship Program

The Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) is offered to undergraduate and graduate level college students, offering them internship opportunities across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines ranging from accounting to wildlife sciences in various county government offices. GCIP enables counties to hire talented college students for specific projects that will benefit county government and its citizens; give students a chance to learn first-hand about the role of counties and functions of local government; provide practical work experiences that students can use in the job market after school; and inspire young people to a life of public service leadership.


The Georgia County Internship program was created in 2010 by ACCG and is now one of the programs offered through the Civic Affairs Foundation. The goals of GCIP are to:

  • Enable counties to hire talented college students for specific projects that will benefit county government and citizens
  • Give students a chance to learn first-hand about the role of counties and functions of local government
  • Provide practical work experiences that students can use in the job market after school
  • Inspire young people to a life of public service leadership.

Projects selected for funding must produce specific outcomes (defined by the county) that will provide direct deliverables and benefits to the county and its citizens. Counties are encouraged to develop partnerships with other counties or with local regional commissions for shared intern projects. A county also may partner with a nonprofit organization or college or university for a project provided the partner funds from its own resources at least 25% of internship costs. Counties are encouraged to identify local funding sources that can be used to pay a portion of intern costs.

To date, over 200 students have filled internship positions in over 50 counties throughout the state. Check out more of our outcomes.

Getting Started

For more information on the GCIP Program, contact Michele NeSmith at 404.522.5022, ex. 198 or mnesmith@accg.org.

Support GCIP Today!

Sponsoring partners for this statewide initiative are now being sought. Individuals, organizations, or businesses interested in helping advance civic engagement among young Georgians by partnering on this program should contact Development Director Deb Murphy at 404.522.5022 or dmurphy@accg.org.

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