FAQs and Key Dates

Q: Is Smart Community Corps for me?
A: The Georgia Smart Community Corp is searching for interns that are seeking a meaningful civic experience over the summer while working in local governments 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: Applications open on Monday, January 17th, 2022.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for the Smart Community Corps internships?
A: Undergraduate and graduate students of any major at any Georgia higher education institution, both public and private

Q: Can international students apply?
A: Yes, students on foreign visas may apply, but they must be eligible to work in the United States.

Q: Can I still apply if I graduate this semester (May 2022)?
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 your audit hours recorded on your 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: The deadline to submit an application is Monday, February 28th, 2022 at 5pm.

Q: What is the application process?
A: Students will submit an online 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 in early March. Chosen interns will be notified of an offer no later than March 18th, 2022.

Q: What is the SCC Pair Model?
A: Smart Community Corps uses a “pair model,” placing chosen interns in pairs to work together on projects. 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 on the project. Together, the community/project and the interns benefit from the multidisciplinary and diverse experiences and perspective the student pair brings.

Q: What happens if I am selected as an intern for Summer 2022?
A: You will be notified by email that you have been selected no later than March 18th, 2022. Selected interns will have one week to accept their offer letters.

Q: Will I be paid as an intern?
A: Yes, interns will receive a summer living stipend of $8,000

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

Q: Will I need to find and pay for my own room and board?
A: Yes. Interns will be responsible for their own housing, travel, and living expenses for the duration of the summer program.

Q: What happens if COVID-19 is still prevalent? Will internships become virtual?
A: Our expectation is that all interns will be able to work and live within the local project communities. However, as the health and safety of our interns is of utmost importance to us, if the situation changes, we will re-evaluate the as the summer draws closer. If necessary, as was the case in the summers of 2020 and 2021, 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, beginning on Monday, May 16th and ending on Friday, August 5th, 2022.

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 project team. During the interview process, the communities/project leads 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 a 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 a SCC alum, you will be invited to future Partnership and SCC events. These are great networking opportunities to mix and mingle with researchers, PIN partners, and community representatives from across Georgia.

Q: Do you have further questions?

A: Contact Kristi Kirkland, PIN Student Engagement Manger at Kristi.kirkland@gatech.edu or schedule a meeting through Calendly

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