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 first 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 2018. This is an incredible opportunity to gain experience in the areas of public policy, public services, public safety, and public well-being in the State of Georgia.

“We are very excited to offer this new opportunity for our students to learn from and work with our nonprofit and local and state government partners,” says Matthew R. Auer, dean of the school of public and international affairs. “We believe this initiative will open doors and provide networks for students from under-represented groups who want to dedicate their careers to public service.”

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.

Applications 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 2018. All internships are paid.

Submit your application materials directly to Paul Welch ( at the UGA School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) or contact Paul at 706-542-0096 for more information. Submissions are due by April 13, 2018.