Internships at DAS

Students, explore aging careers this year with the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services (DAS). 

Apply below for a chance to participate in an unpaid DAS internship to learn about state-level aging management through educational experiences and meaningful assignments involving issues research, consumer education, administration and strategic planning. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to apply?
Application dates are flexible, but we recommend that you apply at least 4-6 weeks before you would like to intern with DAS. These are competitive openings, and not all applicants will be accepted.

Where do interns serve?
Most of our internships take place in downtown Atlanta at 2 Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta 30303. Free parking is not available; however, this location is close to the Five Points MARTA station. We occasionally offer internships in other parts of the state.

What would be a typical schedule?
Participants may intern Monday-Friday during standard business hours. Interns serve anywhere from two to five days per week, depending on their classes and commitments. 

What characteristics should an intern have?
All DAS interns are expected to have good writing skills, some research experience, basic to high proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel and enthusiasm for issues involving older adults and people with disabilities.

Which fields of study are accepted?
DAS’ internships are open to any motivated, compassionate, intellectually curious student.  We accept successful graduate students and upper-level undergraduates who represent a variety of disciplines such as gerontology, social work, health care administration, communications, public administration, law, criminology, psychology, sociology and other fields.

Are hands-on assignments available?
As Georgia’s state unit on aging, DAS focuses on planning, training, and technical assistance.  If you would like to intern in a direct-service capacity with older adults, we can recommend several fine organizations that could benefit from your help.

What types of internship assignments does DAS offer?
Projects vary by semester.  Previous interns have conducted policy research, helped organize statewide meetings, researched best practices in areas such as transportation and assistive technology, tracked the success rates of wellness and employment program participants, shadowed Adult Protective Services staff, helped coordinate dementia-related committee work, developed volunteer recruitment materials, drafted consumer information and more. Tell us about your interests, and we’ll recommend projects that may be a good fit for you.

Will participation help me to get a job at DAS?
No, your participation in an internship or volunteer assignment does not obligate DAS to provide you with future employment, special consideration for employment, or information about available job opportunities.  If your performance is excellent, however, we would be glad to provide a reference upon request.

Where can I learn more about aging careers?
Explore the Aging Careers in Georgia section of our website and visit Learn about Careers in Aging, developed by the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education.  We are always happy to chat with newcomers about careers in the aging profession. Just ask!

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