Georgia County Internship Spotlight

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 Emory University Student, Yayu Zhu, Completes Internship with DeKalb County
Emory University Student Yayu Zhu. Photo courtesy DeKalb County.
Prior to interning with DeKalb County, Yayu Zhu, an economics/math major at Emory University, did not have any experience in the public sector. However, while with DeKalb County, Zhu learned how government departments must abide by certain laws and restrictions that differ from how industries in the private sector operate.  
During her internship with the Office of Independent Internal Affairs, Zhu’s primary responsibilities consisted of performing internal audits to examine specific departments’ performance under varying circumstances. She assisted in identifying risks and then classifying them by their likelihood and level of impact on the department and county. Her most significant success was helping draft a contract budget and building a workforce eligibility program worksheet from scratch.
Zhu’s favorite part of her internship experience was being exposed to new computer programs and working with people from different backgrounds. In addition, she enjoyed updating the department’s compliance reports according to the new standards.
To future interns, Zhu would tell her peers to prepare to be exposed to various challenges on a daily basis. She stated that the best way to maximize an internship with a county government is to be proactive and enthusiastic about learning.
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