General Internship FAQ's
Below you can find a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Governor's Intern Program.
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 one year past graduation with a 3.0 GPA or higher. You must be either a resident of Georgia or a student at a Georgia college, university, or law school.
If I apply for an internship and am not selected, can I re-apply for the next quarter/semester?
Yes. If the Governor's Intern Program does not select you for the semester in which you are applying, you are welcome to apply again for a later term if you are still eligible.
If I am placed in the Governor's Intern Program (GIP) this summer, can I participate again next summer?
Because the GIP 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. * An undergraduate or master's level GIP participant does have the option to participate in the law program.
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.
Do you provide transportation to my internship site?
The Governor's Intern Program cannot provide any transportation. MARTA has two stations that are located near the Capitol; the Georgia State Station (directly across from the Capitol in the Twin Towers complex) or the Five Points station (two blocks west of the Capitol at Underground Atlanta). Interns driving to the Capitol will receive parking options during orientation.
Are all the internships located in Atlanta?
Yes. While internships with state agencies are sometimes offered in other locations around the state, internships facilitated through the Governor's Office are all located in Atlanta.
How do I apply?
Please use the online application form.
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, or a similar work would be appropriate. Feel free to submit an excerpt or selection from a longer paper to avoid exceeding the page maximum.
How many days/hours can I intern per week?
Full-time interns are typically expected to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Intern supervisors will determine the days and number of hours that are best for you and the office. Keep in mind that if you are interning for academic credit, most programs require you to intern a minimum number of hours per week.
Can I request to work in a specific area in the Governor's office?
Many departments within the Governor's Office host interns, including Scheduling, Policy, Government Affairs, Communications, Constituent Services, Executive office and the offices of the Chief of Staff and the Chief Operating Officer. 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 that department. If you are selected to participate in the GIP, the Intern Coordinator will work with the internship supervisors to place you in the department most compatible with your area of study.
What kind of work will I be doing as an intern?
Each office has different needs and requirements, and your duties are at the discretion of your supervisor. During your interview with the participating agency, you may be given more specifics regarding your internship duties. Some of your responsibilities may include: research, data compilation, attending meetings, general administrative duties and assisting in the planning of special events.