Externships listings

Externship Category: Legislation

Externship SitePractice AreaDetails
Georgia General Assembly House Speaker's Office and Judiciary Committee (or Other Committees)

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will have the opportunity to work in the Office of the Speaker of the House and the Majority Caucus generally or in one of several other House Committees during the annual Legislative Session in the Spring. Students will be supervised by the Speaker's Counsel or the Legal Counsel to the Committee that the student is assigned based on the student's interest and expertise. Possible committees include: Judiciary, Ways and Means, Education, and Insurance.

Externs will receive robust exposure to the legislative process, policy development, and legal analysis. Their responsibilities will include reviewing proposed legislation and advising the Speaker's Counsel or Committee Legal Counsel on policy implications of such legislation as well as provide legal analysis and research regarding the same; attend legislative hearings; provide support to member Representatives; and draft preliminary legislation for submission to the Office of Legislative Counsel where the opportunity arises.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Constitutional Law I

Preferences: 

  • Constitutional Law II
  • State and Local Government
  • Legislation Class
  • Students have an interest in working with advocates and legislators on issues pending before the Georgia General Assembly and in gaining exposure to and experience in analyzing legislation.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Availble spring semester only.

Georgia House Democratic Caucus

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Georgia House Democratic Caucus serves as a focal point for legislative strategy, press relations, and policy development for the Democratic members of the Georgia House of Representatives. Externs will review bills and statutes, draft legislation and talking points, and perform public policy research. During the legislative session, which runs from January through the end of March, externs will analyze hundreds of bills, follow committees, perform research, and issue spot. Externs will gain insight into constitutional law, legislative intent and the rules of statutory construction. Exceptional students will be given the opportunity to interact directly with representatives and draft legislation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Applicants should have excellent writing skills and be very detail oriented.
  • A high degree of maturity, discretion, and an interest in government are necessary.

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A cover letter, two letters of reference, and a short writing sample are required at the time of application.

Georgia Watch

SITE DESCRIPTION

Founded in 2002, Georgia Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization working to ensure that Georgians are educated and protected on matters that impact their wallets and quality of life. Through advocacy, outreach and education, Georgia Watch works to make Georgia a model for consumer protection. Georgia Watch safeguards consumer protections in the area of personal finance, ensure access to safe, quality, affordable healthcare, protect the right to trial by jury, promote access to the courts, and encourage fair utility rates and renewable energy options for consumers. Georgia Watch collaborates with government agencies, community-based organizations, professional associations, policymakers, legislators, academic partners, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders.

Externs will work across the program areas to accomplish work in all policy areas: consumer financial protection, access to civil justice, consumer energy, and healthcare access. Externs will assist with legal and other research associated with writing policy reports and briefs, contribute to external communications, including blog posts and press releases, draft consumer education materials, attend meetings with community partners, and perform other related tasks as assigned.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Strong research, writing, Microsoft Office and Excel skills
  • Passion for consumer advocacy and education

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants should submit a brief writing sample on a topic of their choice at the time of application.
Office of the Democratic Leader

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Office of the Senate Democratic Leader is the central legislative resource for the Democratic Caucus, and serves as the focal point for legislative strategy, press relations, and policy development. Students serving as Deputy Counsel work closely with the Deputy Chief of Staff to provide legal assistance to legislators by analyzing proposed legislation, tracking bills through the committee process, drafting legislation and amendments, researching policy and legal issues, and providing interpretive assistance to non-lawyer legislators. Students in the position pay special attention to the Committee on Rules, which sets the agenda for the following day. Students will work with lawmakers in both the House and Senate, and are encouraged to find and involve themselves in policies of personal interest as related legislation moves through the legislative process.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Available spring semester only.

Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

SITE DESCRIPTION

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.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

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

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

 

Senate Research Office

SITE DESCRIPTION

Created in 1975, the Senate Research Office (SRO) is a nonpartisan office which serves all Senators and the Lieutenant Governor, on a confidential basis, by providing quality, specialized, objective information and policy analysis. The SRO responds to research and information requests from Senators on potential and pending legislation, as well as other significant policy issues that affect the state. SRO analysts also provide research assistance for all Senate and Joint interim committees, including study committees, commissions, and task forces.

During Legislative Sessions, SRO prepares analyses of all the bills that pass through the General Assembly, attends all meetings of standing committees, completes committee reports of the meetings, and provides any additional assistance needed by the committee. During the legislative interim, SRO:

  • Attends meetings and conferences conducted by boards, commissions, gubernatorial task forces, state agencies, and any other governmental entity that may be relevant to the legislature.
  • Staffs study and subcommittees, which includes preparing a report of a study committee or subcommittee that includes any findings, recommendations, or legislative proposals;
  • Produces At Issue publications periodically during the interim that focus on major legislative issues, summarize other states' actions regarding the issues, and describe relevant bills submitted by Senate and House members; and
  • Publishes an Upcoming Issues document in the fall which is a report of selected issues that will likely be addressed in the upcoming Legislative Session.

During the summer and fall semesters, students will assist SRO policy analysts in research requests, contribute to the interim At Issue newsletter publication, and assist in staffing study committees. During the legislative session, students will attend committee meetings, prepare bill analyses, and provide other research as needed.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: 

  • Legislation Class strongly recommended.
  • Students should have an interest in working with advocates and legislators on issues pending before the Georgia General Assembly and in gaining exposure to and experience in analyzing legislation.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

None