Smart Community Corps is now accepting applications for the summer of 2021!
The Smart Community Corps (SCC) is the first statewide program of its kind for civic-minded students to gain hands on smart city experience. Working as a summer cohort and in community pairs, interns are placed into local municipalities to support smart technology projects that are dedicated to creating livable and equitable communities. In addition to a full-time summer stipend, SCC are provided curriculum programming in sustainability, innovation, career development and mentorship. The program is open to both Georgia Tech and other Georgia college undergraduate and graduate students.
SCC Collaborators and Pair Model:
The Smart Community Corps internship is a joint collaboration with the Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), the Georgia Tech Career Center, and the Student Government Association (SGA). Through this partnership, our summer cohort of interns will participate in bi-weekly programming and educational seminars that introduce students to theories of grassroots sustainability/innovation, as well as career development, writing, and mentorship. SCC internships are funded by a generous gift from Microsoft Corporation to advance students’ experiences working on real-life problems in a community environment as a way to apply their skills and improve the lives of residents.
We work with higher education institutions in Georgia, such as Valdosta State University and AUC Data Science Initiative to open the internship opportunity to both Georgia Tech and other Georgia college students. Each community opportunity will place interns in pairs (1 Georgia Tech student and 1 Georgia college student) to work together on a project. The aim is to bring students together with complementary skillsets, experiences, and expertise so that together they can learn from each other and leverage their joint work for cross-learning and co-creation with the community. The pair also works closely with the designated Georgia Tech lead researcher for research guidance and expertise. Together, the community and the students benefit from the joint university, multidisciplinary, and diverse experiences and perspectives the student pair brings.
This summer's project pair offerings are the following:
- Clayton County - Smart Pedestrian Planning, Open to Georgia Tech, Clayton State University, and AUCC students only (AUCC: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College)
- City of Sandy Springs - Streamlining Suburban Transit, Open to Georgia Tech and AUCC students only (AUCC: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College)
- City of Savannah - Savannah Blight, Civic Data Science for Equitable Development, Open to Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern University, Savannah State, and SCAD students only
- City of Valdosta - A Traffic Monitoring and Communication System to Improve Safety, Connectivity, and Efficiency, Open to Georgia Tech and Valdosta State University students only
- Socially-Aware Mobility Lab - Piloting On-Demand Multimodal Transit in Atlanta (PODMTA), Open to Georgia Tech and AUCC students only (AUCC: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College)