GDEcD Intern Program

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD)’s Internship Program provides students and recent graduates valuable learning experiences and opportunities to make professional connections in the workplace.

As the sales and marketing arm for the State of Georgia, GDEcD plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. GDEcD Interns are able to shadow and work closely with the professionals charged with carrying out this important mission.

Responsibilities vary based on the particular internship. Typical assignments include focuses on research, marketing, event planning and execution, communication and public relations.

GDEcD internships are unpaid; however, GDEcD supervisors are willing to ensure that all academic requirements are met for interns seeking academic credit.


To be eligible to participate in the GDEcD Intern Program, students (and recent graduates, through one quarter or semester following graduation) must meet the following:

  • Completion of a minimum of one year of higher education (two semesters or three quarters)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Resident of Georgia or attend a Georgia institution of higher learning

Internship Opportunities

See below for more information regarding specific internship opportunities in each department area, along with the specific knowledge and attributes successful interns should possess:

Internships per Industry

1 Council for the Arts

As the Arts intern, you will gain practical hands-on experience in grant making, communication and project management while gaining a thorough understanding of the state’s arts community, and the role of the arts in economic development.   You will assist the Grants Manager with all aspects of the grant program including processing grant applications, setting up review panels, compiling feedback from panelists, collecting feedback on the review process and reviewing grantee reports.  The Arts intern helps coordinate communication with artists and art organizations via social media, e-blasts and newsletters.  Additional responsibilities may include research into arts trends & statistics and supporting the Executive Director with special initiatives such as organizing work from Georgia artists for exhibits at the State Capitol.  Candidates should have strong writing and organizational skills.  Experience in an arts discipline/major is preferred.

2 Marketing/Communications

As the Marketing Creative & Social Media intern, you will be assisting the creative team with design and execution of day-to-day client requests. You will also be conducting day-to-day social media activities for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, documenting the weekly and monthly growths of the accounts, researching new and existing social media technologies, writing industry-related blogs for our many websites, and much more! This internship will provide you many opportunities to learn the professional side of social media, interactivity, and web maintenance. Experience with social media, blog and graphic design software (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign) are strongly preferred.

As the Communications intern, you will learn about economic development from the ground up. You will get the opportunity to meet key Georgia business, tourism and economic development contacts, hone your writing skills and add to your work portfolio. Intern responsibilities are diverse and include internal and external communications activities for the Tourism, Global Commerce, Workforce, International Trade, Arts, International Relations and Entertainment divisions. The Communications intern assists with writing and editing press releases, speeches, blogs, newsletters and marketing collateral, and handling occasional administrative duties. Additional responsibilities include conducting online research and news monitoring for international and domestic business in Georgia, interacting with journalists, and assisting with event planning and management. You will be able to participate in the development of marketing tactics for the Communications and Marketing division including company, city and regional research.

As the Tourism Communications intern, you will play an active role in the promotion of Georgia state tourism and economic development. Under the supervision of the Communications Specialist your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, facilitating day-to-day social media activities for Explore Georgia channels, writing and editing blogs for, assisting with media relations and handling occasional administrative duties. Additional responsibilities include writing and editing press releases, speeches, and marketing collateral, conducting online research and news monitoring for international and domestic tourism in Georgia, interacting with journalists, and assisting with event planning and management. This internship will provide you many opportunities to learn the professional side of tourism marketing and communications. Experience with social media, blog and graphic design software (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign) are strongly preferred.

As the Marketing and International Relations intern, you will work with the Department’s Account Managers and International Relations teams to support GDEcD’s industry-specific Global Commerce and International Trade teams with marketing and event planning. The intern will help conduct international and domestic business research and participate in the development of the team’s marketing deliverables, such as collateral pieces, social media updates and information packets. Other projects may include company, city and regional project-specific research; proofreading and updating documents; helping to implement new processes; organizing and editing briefing book material and preparing shipments to international mission destinations; and assisting with incoming international VIP missions, delegations and meetings.

The ideal candidate will be working towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree in international business, marketing or a closely related field. Ability to speak a foreign language and experience living abroad is a plus. He or she must be highly attentive to detail, write clearly and compellingly, have an understanding of basic marketing and branding concepts, be exceedingly responsible and reliable, have the ability to multi-task and have a high degree of self-initiative.

3 China Initiatives

As the China Initiatives intern, you will have the opportunity to assist in the visitation of potential Chinese investors to the state, design and edit promotional brochures and online materials targeted to the Greater China Region, assist with special mission and trade shows to China, and assist in coordinating incoming Chinese government delegations. A strong interest in Chinese culture and business along with some level of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese are preferred.

4 Global Commerce – Research

As the Global Commerce Research intern, you will learn about global business trends, Georgia’s economy, and the economic development process. You will research workforce, demographics, suppliers/customers, business costs, taxes, business incentives and more for companies considering locating or expanding in Georgia. The intern also helps maintain our building and company databases, and assists with presentations, marketing materials, and other special projects.  College-level coursework in economic development, economics, business, public policy or a related field is strongly preferred, along with skills in computer-based research, data analysis, and the ability to manage multiple assignments at once. High proficiency in MS Excel, and knowledge of MS Access and ArcGIS are a plus.

5 International Trade

As the International Trade intern, you will work with the Department’s Trade Managers and Trade Coordinator to assist Georgia companies to increase their exports. Intern responsibilities include creating and disseminating research showing Georgia’s connections to specific countries, assisting with client requests by conducting market research or identifying key contacts abroad, and compiling and analyzing country-specific, industry-specific, and worldwide trade statistics. Along with having a research influenced role, the internship will allow you to work with clients directly and assist Trade Managers with event recruitment. An interest in political economy, current affairs, and international trade issues, along with excellent communication skills and attention to detail are strongly preferred.

As the SUSTA intern, you will work with the International Trade division’s agriculture trade managers. Responsibilities include performing research on potential international markets for Georgia exporters, market-trends, trade policies, commodity reports, and other research related to the agricultural industry. You will also prepare briefing materials for incoming buyers regarding Georgia food and agriculture suppliers and assist with the creation of industry-specific international marketing materials. Additional duties include providing support for export seminars and trade promotion events in addition to database entry for results measures. Open to Juniors, Seniors & Graduate Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Analytical research & writing, outstanding customer service skills, excellent written and verbal communications, extremely organized, dependable, self-initiative, and detail-oriented skills preferred.

6 Music Marketing and Development

As a Music Marketing and Development intern, you will gain hands-on experience in writing and aggregating content for website and social media properties. Interns must have strong, demonstrated writing skills, familiarity with AP style, basic web editing skills with WordPress and basic Adobe Photoshop skills. Attention to detail and familiarity with different styles of music are strongly preferred.

7 Workforce Development

As a Workforce Development intern, you will have the opportunity to perform meaningful work related to workforce development programs, including the following:  project management, outreach and event planning.  Interns work closely with the programs, external relations and operations teams in the implementation of workforce development programs and will be involved in assisting the State Workforce Investment Board.  Limited metro-Atlanta travel may be required to attend meetings and events. Team-oriented applicants with strong communication skills are preferred.

8 Centers of Innovation

As the Centers of Innovation (COI) Intern, you will learn about Georgia’s growing innovation ecosystem and its role in the economic development process. This intern will be assisting the COI Operations team based in Atlanta with various tasks essential to the success of our six individual Centers based throughout the state. This intern will also gain marketing experience by working with the COI Marketing team on events, social media, writing and other projects they are involved in. A qualified candidate must be a current student in college that has completed their second year and be majoring in business, economics, marketing, communications, or a related field and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Internship Information

  • Interns must agree to the terms and conditions specified by GDEcD.
  • Actual parking expenses incurred during the internship will be reimbursed, provided the intern follows the instructions provided by GDEcD regarding parking location and method (daily versus monthly payment, etc.). The internship supervisor will determine parking arrangements individually with the intern.
  •  No other personal expenses (housing, food, mass transit, etc.) are reimbursed.
  • Interns seeking academic credit must provide program requirements no later than at the time of interviewing for an internship.
  • Interns must be able to commit to a regular schedule (20 – 40 hours per week) for a period of 3 to 8 months.  Specific terms will be discussed and agreed upon in advance by the intern and his/her assigned supervisor.

Application Process

If you are interested in the GDEcD Intern Program please submit a resume and cover letter via email to [email protected].

The cover letter must include the following:

  • Top two choices of internship opportunities from the list described above
  • Dates of availablility for interning (minimum 3 months, maximum of 8 months).
  • Weekly availability including dates and times
  • Academic credit requirements for your institution, if any

Due to the large volume of applications received, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact GDEcD

To get help expanding or relocating a business in Georgia, contact the Georgia Department of Economic Development or call 404.962.4000.

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