Public Policy Coordinator

MHA of Georgia is looking for a Policy and Research/ Public Policy and Research Intern to promote the organization, its mission, and programs, through advocacy. Some of the specific duties on which the successful candidate will work include:

  • Research, analysis and tracking of state and local policy
  • Data collection, preparation and analysis
  • Creation of Legislative updates
  • Organize grassroots lobbying efforts; coalitions; and other actions by supporters, partners, and allies
  • Developing policy briefs, reports, and other tools to educate staff, policymakers, grassroots members and the public on relevant issues

Job brief

MHA of Georgia advocacy efforts include supporting government funding for mental health and co-occurring substance use programs and supports throughout Georgia. We build solutions to increase access to health care inclusive of mental health. We promote whole health and mental wellness all while combatting discrimination, and the stigma associated with mental illness.

The Policy & Research Associate will work under the Public Policy Director to inform programming strategy and deepen our political analysis on workforce, school based mental health, mental health parity and the decriminalization of mental health (as well as other topics as needed). The ideal candidate will produce high-quality research and policy analysis to reframe policy debates, engage directly affected communities, and help move our legislative agenda forward.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop clear, compelling information materials such as fact sheets, web content, and other educational materials.
  • Help to develop print and social media content, recruit volunteers, and conduct other outreach and communications.
  • Research, analyze and report on state and federal legislation and regulations regarding mental health and other legislation closely related to behavioral or mental health.
  • Summarize and report on scientific studies and literature regarding mental health related topics.
  • Engage with strategic allies to advance shared priorities; participate as appropriate in community coalitions and campaigns.
  • Assist in other policy initiatives as needed and directed.


  • Strong persuasive writing, research, editing, and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and creativity; proven ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
  • Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office, Salesforce, and Internet research applications required.
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills required.
  • Ability to understand and assimilate complex and policies effectively and quickly, convey them simply, and advocate effectively are desired attributes.
  • Valid drivers license and ability to lift 25 pounds are required

Because MHA of Georgia is a small organization, the student will get exposure to many opportunities that will enhance his/her understanding and knowledge of mental health as related to policy and research.

The successful candidate will report to the Director of Operations. He/she must be able to multi-task, be detail-oriented, have excellent communication skills – both written and oral, and be organized. Further, he/she must take initiative, be a self-starter, and produce quality work. He/She must be able to work independently in a group setting. He/She must have reliable transportation for occasional work duties.

Hours are flexible, but preference will be given to those candidates who can work 15-20 hours/week. Stipend Available.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Director of Operations, Taimere Wood at Please include ‘Public Policy Coordinator Internship” in the subject line.

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