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FeAture Georgia County Internship Program: summer success storIes Aaliyah Myrick, a psychology student at Middle Georgia State University, interned with the Walton County Human Resources Department. During her time with Walton County, Myrick created new performance evaluation forms. Photo courtesy Walton County. By Michele Nesmith Douglas County Communications Intern Anslee Daniel. During her time with Douglas County, Daniel had the opportunity to create a commercial for the county's public access channel. Photo courtesy Douglas County. TWENTy-FIVE COUNTIES WERE awarded grants through the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation for the 2015 Summer Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP). Grants were awarded for the purpose of hiring college students and recent graduates to intern in county government. A total of 37 interns were hired. Over the summer, interns were afforded the opportunity to work on projects spanning from historic preservation and film production to criminal justice and economic development. The internship grants benefit counties as well as students. A total of 17 different types of county departments had the opportunity to hire an intern to assist with summer projects. The most popular departments were court related services (7 interns), administrative services/ board of commissioners (5 interns), human resources (4 interns) and economic development (4 interns). The interns participating in the summer program attended 24 different colleges and universities with Georgia State University (7), University of Georgia (4) and Georgia Tech (3) providing the most students. There was a three The Dawson County Parks and Recreation Department hosted Kennesaw State University's Hayden King this summer. Hayden codified all park rules and regulations into one source by creating a sports manual. He was also charged with modifying the department's Facebook page. Photo courtesy Dawson County. way tie for most popular major with political science, business, and law each claimed by four interns. The variety of internships offered during the summer allowed students to obtain a firsthand look at the diverse jobs available through county government. In addition to the more traditional internship projects, counties offered opportunities for students to help write sports manuals for recreation departments, create a film guide, develop a commercial for public television, participate in historic preservation projects, and create marketing plans. commercial for Douglas County's annual Summer Saturday's Festival which will air on the county's public access channel, and then editing it down to 30 second spots to air on certain cable channels. To create the commercial, Daniel had to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and After Effects Software. The work she performed gave her the opportunity to develop many skills such as how to be a script writer, journalist and on camera talent, camera operator and editor, and assist with lighting and audio on sets, all of which will help her build her career as a broadcast journalist. Anslee daniel, douglas county communications Intern Anslee Daniel has a bright future. As a communications and broadcast journalism major at the University of Tennessee, Daniel is interested in one day becoming a white house press secretary or correspondent. Helping her to build the foundation for that career is the work that she has performed with the Douglas County Communications Department. Her signature project involved creating a five minute cheyenne moon, cherokee county Intern Cheyenne Moon, a business analytics and finance major at Auburn University, interned with Cherokee County. Moon's main responsibilities were updating property files and updating the transparency dashboard for the county website with fiscal data. For the property project, she was tasked with compiling data to update each property file, ensuring that the deeds, lease agreements, plats and FALL 2015 63

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Fall 2015

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Putting the Private Sector to Work for Georgia’s Counties
Military Partnerships with Georgia Counties a Win-Win
Georgia Helps Itself: The Efforts to Provide Funding Alternatives
A New Direction
Rebounding Economy Leads to Reform in Property Tax Law
The Crisis on our Roads: Turning the Tide on Surge in Georgia Traffic Deaths
2015 Legislative Service Award Recipients
Education and Economic Development Go Hand-in-Hand
County Collaborations with Local Schools Save Money, Improve Efficiency
Georgia’s Technical Colleges: Where Business and Education Intersect
Welcome to 191 Peachtree, ACC G's New Home
Georgia County Internship Program: Summer Success Stories
ACCG Heads to Jekyll Island for the Legislative Leadership Conference
Conference Agenda
I, You, Me, and We
Reducing In-the-Line-of Duty Deaths with Below 100 Train the Trainer
“Her Majesty” Instills Valuable Lessons: Lessons learned from the Hancock County Courthouse Fire
Thank You to our Partners
Why Can’t We Just Keep It All? The Case for Records & Information Management
Social Media and the Dog Tags
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Fall 2015