As most people know (or at least we hope), the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide provider of management consulting and training for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. As part of a nationwide network of SBDC programs, the UGA SBDC has offices in 17 locations across the state. With graduate business educations and backgrounds in many different fields, our consultants help owners analyze all aspects of their business to identify areas for management improvement and business growth.
Not only does the SBDC enjoy helping educate small business owners and helping their businesses grow, but we also value helping to provide students with “real world” industry-style experience while contributing to UGA’s goal of enhancing both undergraduate and graduate education.
The SBDC has many graduate assistantship and undergraduate internship opportunities.
Some of our current graduate assistantships work closely with our marketing team to develop branded marketing collateral, craft strategic messaging and graphics for social media, in addition to assisting with market research, digital analytics, user experience studies, and more. Other graduate assistants work with our offices and assist the Area Directors and Business Consultants with areas such as presentation creation, sitting in on consulting sessions, research, continuing education development, marketing, and more.
Our graduate assistantships are a part of the Public Service and Outreach’s Graduate Assistantship Program. PSO Graduate Assistantship opportunities are open to those students who are currently or will be enrolled in the Graduate School in a degree seeking status. A graduate student’s course of study and expertise should align with current programs and initiatives of PSO units. For more information, click here.
We also provide opportunities to undergraduate students. If you are a rising senior enrolled in the BBA Management or Marketing programs at the University of Georgia, you could be eligible.
Our undergraduate internships are PAID ($14 per hour) and take place over the course of summer break and require 15-20 hours per week. Some of the duties that a summer intern may be asked to assist with:
- Organizing and managing office events or classes.
- Assisting business consultants with financial analysis and projections of client businesses through data entry using existing models, spreadsheets and software and by creating EXCEL
- spreadsheets as needed.
- Responsibility for basic research support-such tasks include: data entry, library research, internet searches, creating tables and graphs. Previous experience in these areas is highly desirable.
- Marketing and coordination of office programs and events.
- Assisting with training classes.
- Assisting with various client projects.
- Conducting market research for selected clients.
- Conducting survey and analyzing data for client study.
There could be other duties involved, but as stated previously, we value students and want to provide and enriching educational experience that help set our students up for success after graduation. For more information about eligibility requirements and how to apply, click here.
If you are looking for more than just an internship/assistantship or simply want to know what it’s like to work at the SBDC, you can find out more: CLICK HERE.