Internship Program

Purpose

ERSGA’s Intern Program is designed to give Georgia’s high achieving, ambitious students professional experience to prepare them for the working world. College juniors and seniors, graduate students and law students are eligible to apply to the Internship Program.

This program will offer eligible students valuable work experience in various areas within the agency. Interns work in a moderately paced environment and will enjoy many opportunities to learn about state government, our business, and the legislative process. Interns receive stipends based upon minimum wage.

The intern application process is highly competitive, consisting of an online application and up to two rounds of interviews. More information about the program and application process can be found in the various sections of this website. Thank you for your interest!

Program Details

Process
Interested students who are currently enrolled in an accredited university/college must submit their transcript(s) and a writing sample.

Upon submission, qualified students may be selected for an interview with ERSGA’s Intern Program Staff. The student may be selected for a second interview with a staff member from a division that will best utilize their talents and interests. This process is intended to determine the best possible placement and provides an excellent opportunity for college students and recent graduates to improve their interviewing, job search skills, and gain on-the-job knowledge, skills and abilities.

The duration of the internships may vary depending upon the time of year. Internships in the fall and spring semesters typically last for eighteen (18) weeks and thirteen (13) weeks during the summer semester. We will make every effort to schedule the dates and deadlines for internships in accordance with the academic schedule of most Georgia colleges, universities and law schools.

Eligibility Requirements
Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for an internship:

To apply, please submit your transcript and writing sample to resumes@ers.ga.gov. Make sure the subject line reads “Internship Program”.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the eligibility requirements to apply for an internship?
You must be a currently enrolled junior, senior, graduate student, law student or not more than two years past graduation with a 3.0 GPA or higher. You must be either a Georgia resident or attending a Georgia college, university, or law school.

Q: If I apply for an internship and am not selected, can I re-apply for the next quarter/semester?
Yes. If you are not selected for the semester in which you are applying, you are welcome to apply again for a later term if you are still eligible.

Q: If I am placed in the Intern Program this summer, can I participate again next summer?
Because ERSGA offers a limited number of internships per semester, you may participate only once. We want as many students as possible to experience this great opportunity. 

Q: Can I get academic credit?
Yes. You may arrange for academic credit through your academic advisor. If necessary the Internship Coordinator or your direct supervisor (once placed) may serve as the contact person for your academic advisor.

Q: Do you provide transportation to my internship site?
No.  We do not provide transportation for you. However, the closest MARTA train station to our offices is the Arts Center Station. From there you can take the number 37 bus which will drop you off right in front of the building (Bellemeade & Northside Dr).

Q: How long is the program? When is my first day of work?
Fall and spring semester internships are 18 weeks, and the summer internship is 13 weeks. ERSGA's Intern Program strives to schedule the internship dates and deadlines in accordance with the academic schedule of most Georgia colleges, universities, and law schools. Please check the calendar to see when the internship in which you are interested begins.

Internship Term Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 Monday, January 11, 2016 Friday, May 20, 2016
Summer 2016 Monday, May 23, 2016 Friday, August 8, 2016
Fall 2016 Monday, August 8, 2016 Friday, January 6, 2017

 

Q: Are all the internships located in Atlanta?
Yes.  While internships with agencies are sometimes offered in other locations within the state, internships facilitated through ERSGA are all located at our main location in Atlanta.  

Q: How do I apply?
You can apply by visiting ERSGA’s website (www.ers.ga.gov)

Q: What kind of writing sample should I submit?
An academic paper, an opinion piece written for a school newspaper, a press release composed for a PR class, a writing sample from a class project or term paper, or a similar work would be appropriate.  Feel free to submit just an excerpt or selection of a longer work in order to not exceed the page maximum. *Page maximum is three (3)*

Q: How many days/hours can I intern per week?
You and your supervisor will determine the days and number of hours that will work best for you. Keep in mind that if you are interning for academic credit, most programs require you to intern a minimum number of hours per week.

Q: Can I request to work in a specific area within ERSGA?
You are encouraged to indicate on your application and in your cover letter a specific area in which you are interested, but this will not guarantee an internship in area of the business. If you are selected to participate, we will work to place you in the area that is most suitable to area of study.

Q: What kind of work will I be doing as an intern?
Each department has different needs and requirements, and your responsibilities will be at the discretion of your supervisor. During your interview, you will be provided more specifics regarding expectations. Some of your responsibilities may include: research, data compilation and analysis, attending meetings, and general administrative duties.

For additional questions, please contact our Human Resources Office at 404.603.5610.