John Donovan Woodbury


Project Assistant
King & Spalding, LLP

2012
Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Political Science & History

John works as a Project Assistant in the corporate practice at Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding. Prior to King & Spalding, Woodbury worked for technology start-up, Preparis, a company that focuses on business continuity and disaster recovery software and consulting solutions. He says that the University of Georgia alumni network was the primary link between the two jobs, as at least one of his interviewers at both jobs was a UGA graduate and credits the alumni connections, coupled with the amazing study abroad, leadership, and internship opportunities provided by SPIA as difference-makers after graduation. Woodbury has plans to attend law school in 2015.

Education

AB, The University of Georgia 2012 Political Science; History Minor

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

Getting the phone call informing me that I had been selected to study abroad at Oxford University for the spring semester of my Junior year. I applied less than a week before the deadline and honestly thought I had no chance of being selected. With the way I was celebrating, you would have thought we had just won our first national title in football since 1980 (One day…).

My Top Three Career Tips
  1. Always seek out internships, even if they are in the Fall or Spring. Through a SPIA hosted event, I met the Chief of Staff for the Senate Democratic Caucus of the Georgia General Assembly. A few weeks later, I found myself with an offer to intern for the Chief of Staff and State Senator Jason Carter, alongside law students from UGA, Georgia State, and Emory. I had to commute to Atlanta three times a week, but it was absolutely worth it.
  2. Join the Demosthenian Literary Society. It is the oldest continually operating student debate society in the United States and claims a large number of congressmen, senators, and governors as alumni. Most importantly, however, is that its members are some of brightest students UGA has to offer. You’ll make life-long friends and begin to build a great network for your career.
  3. Study abroad. You’ll enjoy the life experience and make some great friends along the way. Additionally, it gives you a great talking point in interviews.
Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Walker’s Pub & Coffee While at UGA, I was a member of the Demosthenian Literary Society and Walker’s was our “Cheers”. Yes, all the staff did know my name and they knew my order. When a break was needed from a heated debate in the upper chamber of Demosthenian Hall, there was not better place than Walker’s. On a warm spring day, there was nothing better than driving thirty minutes outside of town and floating The Broad River.