Senate Budget & Evaluation Legislative Fellowship

The Department of Public Management and Policy (PMAP) in partnership with the Georgia Senate Budget & Evaluation Office (SBEO) has established a fellowship that is available to MPA and MPP students.

The Legislative Budget Fellowship combines a paid internship opportunity with a graduate research assistantship through PMAP.  SBEO Fellows receive a graduate research assistantship through PMAP, which includes a full tuition waiver. Additionally, students receive a stipend of $5,300 per fall and spring semester, and Fellows who work during the summer semester receive an additional $3,200.  The fellowship starts in August at the beginning of the fall semester with students typically working part time during the fall and up to full time during the legislative session (typically Jan-March).  While the fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to learn about Georgia’s budget as well as variety of state policy issues, applicants should be aware that work during the legislative session can be demanding.

The fellowship with SBEO fulfills the 3 credit hour MPA/MPP internship requirement and can also be applied towards an additional 3 credit hour MPA/MPP elective. The fellowship lasts for one year, with an option to renew for an additional year depending on performance.

The fellowship traditionally begins in late August.


Responsibilities can vary. Typically, SBEO Fellows will be assigned to a budget analyst and will help support their work on budget development and policy research.  This work includes researching key budget issues and staffing Senate Appropriations Sub-Committees, Full Committee, and Full Senate Meetings.  Other duties may be assigned as needed and do include providing administrative support to the office. This includes tasks that require high accuracy and attention to detail such as proofing an Appropriations bill and entering information into BASS (Budget Application System for the Senate). Fellows are expected to demonstrate professional behavior at all times.

Minimum Requirements:

  •     Incoming or current MPA or MPP students with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite of products
  •     Strong writing skills
  •     Knowledge of and/or aptitude for quantitative policy analysis and program evaluation
  •     Knowledge of and/or aptitude for understanding general budgeting concepts and terms

To apply:

Please complete the SBEO application by February 15th that is posted online at:

The Department of Public Management and Policy will forward departmental nominees to SBEO for final interviews/selection.