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Grants to Georgia Qualifying Counties to Provide Summer Internships for Students and Graduates

Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) Grant

Association County Commissioners Of Georgia Civic Affairs Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #200319

Grant Description

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Grants to Georgia counties that are funding source members to support internships for students and graduates. Funding is intended to allow selected counties to recruit talented high school and college students and recent graduates from a variety of disciplines to work on specific projects. Internship grant opportunities are exclusively available for summer. The goal of the program is to give students a chance to learn first-hand about the role of county government, provide practical work experiences students can use in the job market upon graduation, and inspire young people to consider a career in county government.

There are three internship opportunities available: 

  1. The general GCIP (which is open to all counties)
  2. The Joan Garner Health and Human Services Internship Grant
  3. The Dr. Jim Kundell Environmental Management Internship Grant

The Kundell Environmental Management Internship/Fellowship Program: Grant applications must include a project that has an environmental impact. Suggested projects include anti-littering campaigns and projects, green energy, LEED certification, brownfield projects, pollution projects, water-related projects, stormwater runoff projects, etc. One or more internships will be awarded. 

The Garner Health and Human Services Internship/Fellowship Program: Grant applications for the Garner grant must include a project that has a health and human services impact. Suggested projects include creating and coordinating wellness/health fairs for the community, establishing a Live Healthy program for the county, projects related to seniors or disadvantaged youth, disease prevention, anti-drug campaigns, etc. One internship will be awarded.

Counties can create intern positions for any department within the county that seeks assistance with a project that, within the grant period, can produce a specific outcome defined by the department. As a general matter, this would not include day-to-day administrative or operational jobs.  

For information about intern work hours and schedules, see:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any ACCG member county that has a substantive internship project proposal may apply for a grant.

Intern Qualifications:
- The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of educational backgrounds, provided a student’s abilities are appropriate to the intern project proposed by the county. Since county governments provide a wide range of services, counties are encouraged to be creative in proposing internship opportunities across diverse areas of study from engineering and law to human resources and veterinary sciences.
- Recent college graduates may be selected for an internship provided they can provide proof that their graduation was within one year of the start date of the internship. Also, high school students who are 16 years of age or older AND are dually enrolled in a college or university are now eligible to participate in the program.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications for the 2023 Summer Grant Period is Friday, December 2, 2022, by midnight.

Applications can be submitted online; however, each county clerk also receives a grant packet for distribution annually that can be submitted by email or by mail.

The Foundation will notify grant applicants if their funding has been approved for the 2023 Summer Grant Period by February 3, 2023.

It is the responsibility of the county to collect and review internship applications and interview and hire the intern. The Foundation will assist counties that receive GCIP grants with recruiting by posting internship positions on its website. If a student needs academic credit, it will be the responsibility of the county to work with the student and his/her academic institution to fulfill this requirement.

Counties are encouraged to develop partnerships with other counties or with local regional commissions for shared intern projects. Working cooperatively on common interests and issues will allow more efficient use of limited intern funding to benefit as many counties as possible and will be a factor in considering applications. If the project(s) involves a partnership of the county with other counties, a regional commission, or a nonprofit organization or college or university, a description of the partnership arrangement is required. All partnerships with nonprofit organizations, colleges, or universities must include funding for at least 25% of the internship cost. No funding is required for multiple county or regional commission partnerships.

Counties are encouraged to identify local funding sources that can be used to pay a portion of the intern costs. There is no minimum county-funded or privately raised matching amount required under this provision. However, to the extent counties can help stretch available funding from the Foundation, to hire as many interns as possible, such a contribution to the program will be a factor in considering applications.

Funds will be paid on a reimbursement basis.

A county may apply for grant funding for more than one internship, meaning that more than one department may apply, or a request may be made for more than one intern for a particular department. Each department requesting an intern(s) must submit a separate application.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

A grant will cover up to 200 internship hours at a pay rate of $12 per hour.

Term of Contract:

2023 Summer GCIP grants will be awarded for the period of May 1, 2023 - September 1, 2023.

Contact Information:

Email applications to Michele NeSmith

Or mail to:
ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 700
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

For more information on county grant applications, contact Michele NeSmith at the above email or call (404)-522-5022 ext. 195.

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