FACS Legislative Aide Internship
An internship opportunity for juniors and seniors during spring semester to intern for a Georgia senator/representative during the Georgia General Assembly session at the Capitol in Atlanta. Act as a guide to fellow FACS students at the colleges’ annual “FACS Day at the Capitol” in February.
Experience the excitement of legislation in action and learn hands on skills in high speed environment!
To apply complete online application and submit required materials (letter of recommendation, resume) to Andrea Farnham, Legislative Aide Coordinator, Dawson 107, email@example.com. Once materials are received an interview will be scheduled with Dean Linda Kirk Fox and selection committee.
Applications due October 4, 2013.
FACS Congressional Aide
An internship for Graduate students in which they intern for a US senator/representative or government agency in Washington, DC the semester following application (ex: apply in spring to intern in summer). Intern gets to act as a guide for fellow FACS students participating in HACE’s Washington Study Tour in summer. Graduate students maintain their assistantship funding.
To apply fill out online application and submit required materials (letter of recommendation, resume) to Andrea Farnham, Legislative Aide Coordinator, Dawson 107, firstname.lastname@example.org. Once materials are received an interview will be scheduled with Dean Linda Kirk Fox and selection committee.
Application due one semester prior to beginning of internship
Why become an Aide?
- Experience the excitement of legislation in action
- Connect first hand with how policies affect everyday lives of Georgian’s
- Impact your academic and future career with networking opportunities
- Meet influential Georgia leaders
The History of the Legislative Aide Program
In 1983, a local legislator, Bob Argo, made a comment in a class presentation that
would change the lives of many Family and consumer Science students. He simply
stated that he wished to be more responsive in his constituents in the form of
answering letters, telephone calls, and visits to the capitol during the session
of the General Assembly.
In response, Dean Emerita Emily Pou suggested a student assistant. Her offer was accepted. Because students would need financial support to live in Atlanta during the legislative session, Dean Pou asked Dr. Jessie Mize, former Department Head of Housing and consumer Economics, for her support. Over the years, many others have contributed to this program.
Since that time, the program has grown to include all four of the Athens area representatives and an aide to the Women's Legislative Caucus in the Georgia General Assembly, and one congressional (Washington) legislator from Georgia.
This program has had many able and visionary leaders. From 1983-1993, Dr. Anne Sweaney served as the Legislative/Congressional Aide coordinator. This program has since been supervised by Emeritus Dean Richard Endsley, Associate Dean Chris Todd, Dr. Mick Coleman, Associate Dean Dr. Jorge Atiles, and Associate Dean Dr. Jan Hathcote. Currently this program is being supervised by Dean Linda Kirk Fox.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply? Fill out the application above and submit required materials (resume, letter of recommendation etc…) to Andrea Farnham, Legislative Aide Coordinator, Dawson 107, email@example.com.
Who can apply? For the legislative aide internship you must be a junior or senior FACS undergraduate student. For the congressional aide internship you must be a FACS graduate student.
When do I apply? Applications for the legislative aide internship are accepted anytime but are due no later than October of the fall semester prior to beginning the internship in the spring.
When is the internship? The legislative aide internship is only in the spring semester during the Georgia General Assembly, which is typically early January to sometime in April or May depending on the proceedings of the General Assembly. The congressional aide internship is variable and can be any semester (fall, spring or summer) as long as adequate advanced preparation has been made several semesters in advance
Where is the internship? The legislative aide internship is in Atlanta, Ga where students will live for the duration of their internship. The congressional aide internship is in Washington, DC.
How much is my stipend? Amount is variable but tends to be around $2,500 which covers very basic needs only.
Who supervises my internship? This may vary based on who is the Legislative Aide Coordinator. At this time the internship is supervised by Dean Linda Kirk Fox, Dawson 225, and Andrea Farnham, Graduate Assistant, Dawson 107.
Do I get course credit?
Yes you get course credit based on your departments internship course (5910) or independent study course (3910) which can range from 3 to 12 credits depending on full or part time student enrollment status requirements for financial aide.
What are the course requirements?
Course requirements consist of writing weekly log, a mid-term self evaluation and a final self evaluation, and a final paper summarizing your experience. All of these are submitted via email to the Legislative Aide Coordinator.
For more information:
Andrea Farnham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Legislative Aide Coordinator
107 Dawson Hall, Athens, GA 30602-3622.