Program Overview

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The Smart Community Corps (SCC) is the first statewide effort of its kind for civic-minded students to gain hands-on, valuable experience working on real-life problems in a community environment as a way to apply their skills and improve the lives of residents. The program is a part of the Partnership for Inclusive Innovation (PIN), a public private partnership launched in 2020 to lead coordinated, statewide efforts to position Georgia as the Technology Capital of the East Coast.

Working as a summer cohort and in community pairs, interns are placed into project sites to support innovation work that are dedicated to creating livable and equitable communities. In addition to a full-time, competitive summer stipend, SCC interns are provided curriculum programming in sustainability, innovation, career development and mentorship. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students at any public or private college/university in Georgia. This summer students are supported by generous contributions from Microsoft and Gulfstream.

Pair Model and SCC Collaborators:

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.

The Smart Community Corps internship is a joint collaboration with the Georgia Tech’s Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) initiative and university career centers around the state. Through our partnership with SLS, summer interns will participate in weekly programming and educational seminars that introduce students to theories of grassroots sustainability/innovation, as well as career development, writing, and mentorship.

Program Benefits:
The SCC internship program offers students the opportunity to work as a cohort on impactful smart technology projects. Our interns will gain experience working with local governments, communities, and non-profit leaders and expand their professional network while receiving a summer stipend.

The SCC Internship Provides:

  • Practical knowledge of smart technology projects
  • Experience working with a local government, community, or research project
  • The opportunity for interns to expand their professional network
  • A summer living stipend of $8,000
  • Additional programing through our SCC collaborators
  • Full PIN staff support throughout the internship

The internship offers students learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Through the SCC program, students will use the knowledge and skills they gained in the classroom to help create more sustainable and smart communities.

  • The program is open to college students at any public or private college/university in Georgia regardless of degree level, major, or visa status (students on foreign visas must be eligible to work in the United States)
  • Prospective interns must submit an online application with resume and a letter of recommendation
  • The online application process opens in mid-January and closes on February 28th at 5pm
  • Our PIN staff and community partners will interview applicants in early March, with offers extended by the end of March

Program Expectations

For summer 2022, all chosen interns will be expected to work and live within their selected communities and/or project cities. Interns MUST have reliable, daily transportation to get then to/from work, and are solely responsible for finding and paying for their own living arrangements/housing and food during the internship timeframe.

Lastly, all interns will be expected to come to the Georgia Tech campus on Thursday, August 4, 2022 (at their own expense) to give final presentations in person.

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