Community Development Internship

Cherokee County Board of Commissioners
Canton, Georgia

The ACCG Community Development Intern is a temporary, part-time position, hired and serving at the discretion of the Agency Director. Funding for this position is provided by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) through the Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) Grant, awarded to Cherokee County in February 2023. Additional funding is provided by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners. The Intern will research, study, and develop an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance to present to the Board of Commissioners. The Intern will work closely with the Planning and Zoning Department and receive training and direction on the process of developing an ADU ordinance. Through this internship, the Intern will also be given the opportunity to shadow staff as they perform their duties and attend meetings with customers and citizens to learn more about the profession and local government service. The Intern will be asked to attend evening meetings and conduct public presentations, as assigned.

The complete job description is available here. 

Job Requirements
Includes the following, as well as other duties as assigned:

  • Works closely with and under the supervision of staff, thoroughly researching the ADU
    concept and developing an implementation strategy for Cherokee County.
  • Conducts research, examine case studies, and interview stakeholders.
  • Compiles research and develops a draft ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance,
    Development Ordinance, and codes of Cherokee County to provide for ADUs.
  • Presents the ADU research and findings to the Planning Commission and the Board of
    Commissioners, receiving feedback and input.
  • Works with staff and the County Attorney, finalizing the ordinance proposing to amend the
    codes of Cherokee County to provide for ADUs within the various zoning districts.
  • The intern will present the proposed ordinance to the Board of Commissioners for consideration, taking it through the public hearing process with the goal of adoption.

The ideal candidate is a currently enrolled college or university graduate student, actively pursuing a Master’s Degree in public administration, planning, architecture, public policy, or a similar field, with an interest in working in local government, particularly in municipal planning, housing, or public management, with excellent researching and presentation skills.

Salary & Benefits
The ACCG Community Development Internship is a temporary, part-time position, working up to 29 hours per week from around June 1 through August 11, though dates and hours are flexible, at a wage of $15.00 per hour.

How to Apply
With questions, or when applying, please email Rhonda Hilliard, with a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.