An internship with ACCA will give you the practical knowledge and skills that complement and complete your academic experience. ACCA internships include training specific to your placement, as well as broader training on topics related to aging, professional development, and non-profit management. We invite you to join our team of dedicated professionals working to ensure older adults in our area have all they need to Age Well and Live Well.
We have opportunities suitable to students with a variety of academic backgrounds, and we’re proud to have hosted students for internships and field placements from The University of Georgia, The Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, Piedmont College, Athens Technical College, and many others. We can work with you to offer the experience and hours needed for your individual program requirements.
Internship Timeline and Application Process
Internships are posted by semester. All available opportunities will be posted by the dates below and applications for those openings will be accepted through the listed deadline. Please note that some internships require prior enrollment as a volunteer that falls outside of this timeline.
- Fall: March 31st, Deadline to apply: April 24th
- Spring: September 30th, Deadline to apply: October 25th
- Summer: January 31st, Deadline to apply: February 26th
All potential interns will receive confirmation that their application was received, and those who are a good match for their desired placement will be contacted to interview with an ACCA staff member.
Internships with Volunteer Prerequisite, Fall or Spring Start Dates
The GeorgiaCares and Long Term Care Ombudsman programs require potential interns are actively volunteering with the program prior to applying for an internship.
GeorgiaCares provides free, unbiased and factual information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their care partners with health and drug plans. GeorgiaCares, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), is a public-private partnership, administered by the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services (DAS).
Internships in GeorgiaCares require prior enrollment as a volunteer, with at least one semester of volunteer service (approximately 2 hours/week) completed before the start of the internship. GeorgiaCares volunteers are provided in-depth training on Medicare giving them the skills they need to conduct community outreach and education events and provide counseling services.
Students volunteering and interning with GeorgiaCares will gain extensive knowledge of Medicare and other benefits programs, experience conducting outreach and community education in a variety of settings including health fairs, senior centers and libraries, and experience in marketing GeorgiaCares services.
ACCA’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCO) works to improve the lives of residents of long-term care facilities in the 25-county east Georgia region. Ombudsman staff and Certified Volunteer Ombudsmen work to resolve complaints on behalf of residents. Ombudsmen visit long-term care facilities routinely to monitor conditions and quality of care., and also provide education regarding long-term care issues, identify long-term care concerns and advocate for needed change.
Students seeking an internship in the LTCO program must first become volunteer visitors for a minimum of six months prior to the internship. Being a volunteer visitor requires a minimum of one time per month facility visit (flexible scheduling) and a monthly meeting with a total monthly commitment of 2-4 hours. This volunteer training provides a solid foundation for the student to be a fully vested member of the LTCO team during their internship.
Students volunteering and interning with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program will gain knowledge of state and federal regulations for long term care facilities, Medicaid, Medicare, community agencies, and public policy. Additionally, students will increase skills in advocacy, community education, rapport building, and communicating with older adults and people with disabilities through facility visits and complaint resolution.
How to Apply
Review the available internships listed above, decide on your top two choices, and then complete the Internship Application by clicking the button below. We will accept general applications when specific internships are not posted. Once you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation email with additional information about the application and interview process.
Don’t see an opportunity that fits your academic requirements? We’re always looking to expand our internship offerings, and we’d love to hear your ideas! Please contact Erin Beasley, Director of Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposal.