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Newton County to participate in ACCG intern program

COVINGTON — A college intern could receive the opportunity to serve in the Newton County Finance Department this fall through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

The Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to allocate $2,000 in order to participate in the ACCG’s internship program. But County Manager John Middleton said the county would receive a reimbursement from the ACCG.

Middleton also noted that Finance Director Michelle Kelly said the best time to have an intern on hand would be during the fall in order to learn more about the department’s software.

Commissioner Nancy Schulz said that since the position offers a $10/hour wage, she preferred a more experienced student.

“I think it’s a great idea to bring in an intern and get in latest and greatest ideas from them. Because the wage is per hour, it seems reasonable as long as someone is not just a beginner accounting student, but is a master’s candidate or well-experienced,” Schulz said. “I want to make sure the student brings the highest standards and professionalism.”

The ACCG student intern program requires applicants to be current undergraduate juniors or seniors, or graduate students in public policy, public administration, political science or a related field. One of the responsibilities included in the internship is a primary research project involving one or more policy topics affecting county governments, according to the ACCG website.

The intern is required to maintain a regular weekly schedule during office hours and work a minimum of 20 hours a week, through the fall semester program from September to the first full week in December.

To apply for an internship with the ACCG, students will need to provide a resume, the names and contact information for three professional and academic references and two writing samples to Michele NeSmith, Research and Policy Development director for the ACCG, at mnesmith@accg.org by May 1.