Workforce Development


YES+ Student Trainee Program

Enhances the student’s employability by obtaining critical sought-after work skills. Provides training and mentorship with a special emphasis on equipment operation/maintenance, safety and administrative duties that creates a pathway to connect and mentor with tenured employees.

  • YES+ program is a valuable learning opportunity that will train, influence, and prepare students to become top-performing employees for the GPA.
  • YES+ program offers on-the-job training that gives students the necessary experience to meet GPA’s workforce needs.
  • YES+ program helps students achieve their dreams and develop a world-class workforce for Georgia Ports.


  • High school students who are not on the traditional four-year college/university track.
  • High school students who want to start a career soon after graduation.
  • Ready, determined, and committed to completing the one-year training program.
  • Students who have a drive and are career-ready.


  • High School Completion (2023 graduate)
  • 18 years old
  • Valid state driver’s license (Required)
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Apply online – (submit a resume)
  • Submit two reference letters
  • Consideration letter (Why you would like to be considered for the YES+ program)
  • Students must contact and communicate with counselors/work-based coordinators about the YES+ program
  • Counselor/work-based coordinators will accept resumes starting February 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023



Internship Program

Georgia Ports Authority’s annual internship program provides real-world work experience at one of the country’s premier seaports to traditional college students.

The 2023 GPA Internship Program will be from May 15, 2023, until August 4, 2023. Applications and resumes are now being accepted. Applicants must be enrolled as traditional undergraduate students and will graduate after August 2023.

Apply online at


Georgia  Ports Authority
GPA Annex 1 | 82 Main Street | Garden City, GA 31408
Phone: (912) 964-3966 | Email