OPB Internship Program

The OPB Internship program is a great opportunity to learn about Georgia state government and begin a fulfilling and successful career in public service. Every semester OPB selects up to five interns, each of whom are assigned to one of OPB's primary divisions based on their qualifications and policy areas of interest: Education, Health and Human Services, Physical and Economic Development, Public Safety, or Planning and Strategy.

While each semester is different in focus, the overarching goal of an OPB internship is to learn about the budget, finances, and operations of the Georgia state government and its various agencies as well as the role OPB plays in developing, administering, and monitoring the budget in accordance with state policies and the Governor's policy priorities. Below is a brief description of interns' usual responsibilities. Additional details will be included in each semester's job posting. 

  • Spring Semester: Legislative tracking and analysis during the annual session of the Georgia General Assembly, general budget and policy research.
  • Summer Semester: Individual, in-depth research assignments on budget and policy topics relevant to the intern's assigned division.
  • Fall Semester: Assist assigned division in budget development process, including budget and policy research and data analysis.

Interns must be currently-enrolled students at a Georgia high-school, technical college, or university/college. Students selected for internships have typically exhibited the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Graduate student, or junior- or senior-level undergraduate student
  • Major or concentration related to public administration, public policy, political science, or finance
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Excellent research, analysis, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interest in government or public service as a career path

See below for important dates regarding application submission and the internship service periods. This page will be updated to include a link to each semester's application when it becomes available.

Key 2024 Dates


Internship Dates

Application Period


Jan. 16 - April 15

Oct. 30 - Nov. 24


May 16 - July 31

Feb. 1 - Feb. 29


Aug. 16 - Nov. 27

May 23 - June 13


For questions regarding the internship program, please contact the internship program coordinator, Gus Elliott ([email protected]).