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The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (SLTCO) participates in public policy making related to long-term care residents.  SLTCO assists with the creation of and provides comments on policies, rules, and regulations proposed by federal and state agencies, and advocates for legislative initiatives with the Georgia General Assembly and with members of Congress.

Externs will research state and federal law related to long-term care; may draft legislation, comments and testimony on legislation, policies, or rules related to long-term care; and will participate with the SLTCO in advocacy including attending meetings with policymakers, stakeholders, and other aging advocates.  Students will also participate in local and national conference calls with federal and other government agencies discussing policy issues related to aging.

Under the supervision of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, externs will advocate at the Capitol in Atlanta during the Georgia General Assembly session, including monitoring committee meetings and committee actions, analyzing legislation, and developing strategies related to legislative proposals including drafting amendments to proposed legislation.


Prerequisites: None


  • Second-year and third-year students
  • Elder Law classes helpful


Students should arrange their schedules to complete externship hours Monday through Thursday.