ARC’s Sustainable Connections Internship Program (SCIP) seeks to connect the wealth of talented university students in the region with local governments in need of low-cost sustainability programming assistance.
The internship program:
- Engages students in meaningful work with cities and counties so that they can obtain hands-on experience and build relationships with local government and sustainability professionals.
- Connects students working toward sustainability careers with a network where they can share experiences and insights.
- Helps cities and counties obtain assistance with sustainability initiatives that they may not otherwise have the time or resources to complete on their own.
The program helps build peer connections, as well as professional ones, through connection events where students network, discuss readings and studies and hear from key regional sustainability leaders. Students also present their final work products at the Sustainable Connections Symposium to an audience of their peers, local government colleagues, academic and sustainability advisors, as well as members of the ARC Board and staff. These interactions help inform and energize interns' work with their respective communities and within their field of study.
The pilot program rolled out during the 2016-2017 academic year to five higher education institutions – Agnes Scott College, Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Spelman College.
SCIP Internships will be open to all metro Atlanta area university students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Local governments in the 10-county ARC region will be invited to submit project proposals for the program next spring.