Summer Capstone & Scholarship Program
Take Your Education to the Next Level
About the Program
Commissioner Richardson's Capstone Internship & Scholarship Program is a fantastic opportunity for those seeking to make a real and immediate impact on the community. Below are efforts that are critical to the Cobb District 2 Community, and could use someone JUST LIKE YOU!
Age: Ages 16 and up
Education/Work Experience: None
Duration: June 15th (start) - September 1st (end)
Location: Virtual or In-Person (Cobb County, GA)
Completion Requirements: Finish project objectives, showcase event presentation
Application & Interview: Apply by May 31, 2023
See the Capstone Projects
Connecting Cobb Veterans Database
Impact Summary: Assist the Commissioner and her community in establishing a reusable dataset and database that can be accessed through Open APIs and connect to case management systems and other digital kiosks throughout the County and State to help increase access to resources for over 20,000 veterans.
Requirements include: cybersecure, Admin portal role restricted, SQL database design for open API, Non profit service providers, Federal and state programs and resource data sets, Corresponding private benefits.
Skills to Earn/Relationships to Grow: Non profit sector, Cobb collaborative, Veterans service providers, Federal and state interfacing, Technology Data Management, Program management, Constituent engagement, Logistics, Cloud/microservice development, AWS Cloud Engineering
Facilitated with: Daniel Hydrick
Patient Advocacy App
Impact Summary: Assist the Commissioner and her community in establishing an community-facing application that provides individual access to healthcare liaisons facilitating an improved health care service rating. Many communities face unique barriers when receiving healthcare and this app will allow those individuals to contact a liaison to serve as a translator and advocate for during care.
Delivery Requirements include: Secure application (HIPAA compliance/ PII Data Protection), Admin portal role restricted, Cobb-Douglas Public Health Department, KSU, non profit healthcare administrators, Intuitive UX/CX design, multi-lingual, free access
Skills to Earn/Relationships to Grow: Google App Sheets, Google Docs, Non profit sector, Technology Data Management, Program management, Constituent engagement, Logistics, Healthcare administration
Facilitated with: Cameca Penelton
Impact Summary: Assist the Commissioner in a research project to help understand why voting trends and access differ across geographical areas and identify some clear recommendations to improve such access.
Delivery Requirements include: Research Report & Presentation, Recommended Programs and Investments, Statistical Analysis, Grading System overlay on a GIS map. Skills to Earn/Relationships to Grow: Research, Program Management, Scientific Method, Root Cause Analysis, Speaking, Infrastructure Impact, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Cobb County Elections
Facilitated with: Cassandra Edwards
Local Disaster Grant
Impact Summary: Assist the Commissioner in the development of policy to be implemented across the Country and State that permits local jurisdictions to administer funds to future-proof private property against Climate impact.
Delivery Requirements include: Agency-implemented policy language
Skills to Earn/Relationships to Grow: Research, Policy Design and Policy-making, Civil Engineering, Stormwater Infrastructure & Management, Root Cause Analysis, Government Finances, Ecological and Meteorological Sciences, Cobb County Water, Federal Relationships (FEMA, EPA, HUD)
Facilitated with: Commissioner Richardson
Augmented Reality Experiences
Impact Summary: Assist the Commissioner and the community in transforming historic buildings, parks, and locations into experiences by creating unique augmented reality applications which will facilitate educational tourism for the County and enhance residential quality of life.
Delivery Requirements include: Compatibility with all augmented reality devices, Scalable story-telling experiences for historic battle parks; can keep intellectual property
Skills to Earn/Relationships to Grow: Research, Augmented and Virtual Reality Sciences, Development and Design, Kennesaw State University, Cobb County PARKS
Facilitated with: Joseph Gatzby
Environmental Conservation & Transparency Accord
Impact Summary: Assist the Commissioner and the Community in the creation and passage of a community crowd-sourced list of implementable sustainability goals to create a layer of transparency around water, soil, and air to improve the quality of life of those that live, work, and play in Cobb.
Delivery Requirements include: Policy recommendation and presentation, research, community workshopping, and dashboard creation
Skills to Earn/Relationships to Grow: Research, Sustainability, Grant development, Community Outreach and Engagement, Environmentalism, Non profit and Private Sector
Facilitated with: Natasha Dyer
Renter's Bill of Rights
Impact Summary: Assist the Commissioner and the Community in designing a policy that can be adopted by the State to provide some living standard protections for renters and avenues of recourse for real damages.
Delivery Requirements include: Policy recommendation and presentation, research, legislative workshopping, community outreach,
Skills to Earn/Relationships to Grow: Research, Zoning, Site Inspections, Health standards, Property owner rights, Individual rights
Facilitated with: Krissa Blue
Water Quality Technologies
Impact Summary: Assist the Commissioner in helping to design a grant and event to develop new technologies for water quality monitoring that can be linked to other data feeds and output sources to help with transparency and emergency preparation.
Delivery Requirements include: Grant proposal and Event for crowd-sourcing technology development, real-time water quality monitoring device prototype or schematic
Skills to Earn/Relationships to Grow: Research, Water Infrastructure, Power Plant Management, Event planning, Intellectual Property Management, Marketing, Grant development, Federal Relationships (DOE), Emergency Controls
Facilitated with: Natasha Dyer