FAQs and Key Dates

Q: Is the Smart Community Corps for me?
A: The Georgia Smart Community Corp is searching for interns who are seeking a meaningful civic experience over the summer while working in local government to develop smart communities. The ideal intern would be committed to developing and bringing smart communities technology to all communities, have a passion for public service and want to grow professionally in the field.

Q: When do applications open for 2022 SCC Summer Internships?
A: Next year’s application will be available January 2022. Please revisit this site at that point for further details.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the Smart Community Corps internships?
A: Both Georgia Tech and non-Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate students listed are eligible to apply.

Q: Can international students apply?
A: Students must be eligible to work in the United States to apply.

Q: Can I still apply if I will be graduating in May of the program ?
A: Yes, this opportunity is still available to you immediately after you graduate.

Q: Can I get credit for this internship?
A: Georgia Tech SCC interns will register with the Georgia Tech Career Center internship/co-op program and have their audit hours recorded on their official transcript among other benefits. Non-Georgia Tech students can reach out to their respective school’s Career Center for potential internship credit.

Q: What is the deadline to submit an application?
A: This year’s application is closed.

Q: What is the application process?
A: Students will submit an application, resume and reference letters via the Qualtrics Smart Community Corps internship application link found on our website. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Based on qualifications, finalists will be chosen for virtual interviews.

Q: What is the SCC Pair Model?
A: We work with higher education institutions in Georgia, such as Valdosta State University and AUC Data Science Initiative to open the internship opportunity to both Georgia Tech and other Georgia college students. Each community opportunity will place interns in pairs (1 Georgia Tech student and 1 Georgia college student) to work together on a project. The aim is to bring students together with complementary skillsets, experiences and expertise so that together they can learn from each other and leverage their joint work for cross-learning and co-creation with the community. The pair also works closely with the designated Georgia Tech lead researcher for research guidance and expertise. Together, the community and the students benefit from the joint university, multidisciplinary and diverse experiences and perspectives the student pair brings.

Q: Will I be paid as an intern?
A: Yes, interns will receive a summer stipend of up to $8,000 depending on job/location.

Q: What if I am from the area of the designated smart community?
A: We highly encourage students from our GA Smart communities to apply!

Q: Will I need to find and pay for my own room and board?
A: The Smart Community Corps staff will work with you to help you secure housing, but you must pay for your own food, housing and transportation throughout the program.

Q: What happens if COVID-19 is still prevalent? Will internships become virtual?
A: Our hope and expectations are that all interns will be able to work and live within the communities. However, as the health and safety of our interns is of utmost importance to us, we will evaluate the situation as the summer draws closer. If necessary, as was the case in the summer of 2020, all internships may become remote working experiences if the situation requires it due to health concerns.

Q: What is the length of the summer internship?
A: The internship runs for 12 weeks during the summer.

Q: What is a typical day like for an SCC intern?
A: As each community internship is different, it is hard to describe what a typical day might be. All interns are expected to work 8 hours/day on tasks and projects provided to them by their community. During the interview process, the communities will be able to explain the internship duties and tasks as well as what a typical day might entail.

Q: Can I work another job while completing this internship?
A: No. The SCC Summer internship is a full-time, 40 hour per week position.

Q: Can I take summer classes as an SCC intern?
A: Please seek approval from your Academic Advisor as regulations vary according to your academic status as an undergraduate or graduate student. As the internship is a full time/40 hour a week position, any courses taken must not interfere with the internship.

Q: What benefits are there for SCC alumni?
A: As an SCC alum, you will be invited to future GA Smart and SCC events. These are great networking opportunities to mix and mingle with GT researchers, GA Smart partners, and community representatives from across Georgia.

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