Interested in making a difference in the lives of fellow Georgians? There is no more impactful and satisfying career path than that of a public affairs leader. The University of Georgia and its partners in local and state government seek the next class of paid Emerging Leaders Interns who will spend 8 to 11 weeks interning in local or state government offices or in the nonprofit sector in Georgia during the summer of 2020. This is an incredible opportunity to gain experience in the areas of public policy, public services, public safety, and public wellbeing in the State of Georgia.

The application process is simple. Submit your resume and a short statement (no longer than 1-page, single-spaced) about why the Emerging Leaders Internship is a good fit for your interests. Additionally, students must also satisfy at least two of the following conditions: (1) history of overcoming unique challenges; (2) first generation college student; (3) member of a low income family; (4) reside in a rural or inner-city location; (5) raised in a single parent household. Please address these conditions, as they apply to you, in your short statement.

Submit your application materials directly to Adam Paige (, SPIA Internship and Recruiting Coordinator, or contact him for more details. Submissions are due by October 25, 2019.

Your application will be considered by a committee which will select prospective candidates for internships. SPIA and its UGA partners will facilitate contacts between candidate interns and candidate intern sponsors in local government and nonprofit agencies. The sponsors will make the final selection, and the intern experience will begin in May or June of 2020. All internships are paid ($12.00 per hour for graduate students) and depending on the location of the internship, combined lodging and travel costs will be reimbursed $500 per month to a maximum of $1,500 forĀ  the internship.