SPIA students are eligible to participate in any study abroad or exchange program sponsored by UGA, other USG institutions, or approved by UGA’s Office of International Education. Many programs offer political science and/or international affairs courses.

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SPIA Advisor


The Legislative Office of State Representative Spencer Frye seeks highly motivated undergraduate students, graduate students, law students and recent graduates to join our team and take part in a variety of opportunities including legislative and policy research and community service.  Fellows may gain academic credit for their work, dependent on school or department requirements.  This Fellowship is primarily based in Athens with opportunities to travel to the State Capitol in Atlanta during legislative session.


Spring Semester (January-March/April 2015)

Legislative Research Fellows

Conduct research on legislation in the Georgia General Assembly and track media outlets for articles, research and other happenings related to policy topics

Attend Spencer Frye’s Policy Research Academy, an opportunity to learn about various policy areas, how to conduct research and how to publish and share your work

Publish research and volunteer experiences in our legislative blog Capitol Corner

Volunteer with community organizations to gain a deeper knowledge of policy related challenges and opportunities as they relate to the Athens community.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should send their resume and a cover letter to fellowship@spencerfrye.com by November 21st. The cover letter should describe your policy interests, previous experience and/or relevant coursework and your motivation to contribute to the legislative mission of our Office.  Feel free to contact Lauren Anderson at lauren@spencerfrye.com with any questions.


The Office of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia offer SPIA undergraduate and graduate students opportunities for applied and academic study in Washington, D.C. via the Public Policy Fellowship.

A Fellow is selected each fall and spring term to work for Senator Isakson’s legislative staff in Washington, D.C. Specifically, she/he is assigned to one of Senator Isakson’s five legislative teams that help Senator Isakson prepare for votes, constituent meetings and hearings on that team’s set of issues as well as respond to constituent calls and mail on those issues. The Senator’s five legislative teams include a foreign relations/trade/military/veterans team, a finance/tax/budget team, a labor/pensions team, a health care team, and a judicial/agriculture/education/transportation team.
The Fellow’s tasks in support of the legislative team to which they are assigned may include the following:

• Research public policy topics using the Library of Congress and other Senate resources.
• Drafting letters in response to constituent mail on the team’s issues.
• Assist in the preparation of background papers for the Senator’s meetings and Congressional hearings on the team’s issues.
• Attend Congressional hearings on the team’s issues and prepare a summary of the highlights.
• Analyze the major state or national events that impact U.S. policy on the team’s issues.
• Participate in briefings on public policy issues at universities and think tanks.
• Meet with constituents, on behalf of Senator Isakson, to discuss their concerns on the issues handled by the legislative team.

In addition to a taxable stipend of $1,500 per month (up to $6,000 total, minus income taxes), the Fellow pursues academic credit under the supervision of a SPIA faculty member. This academic component compliments and enhances the applied learning of the Fellowship.
In order to apply, students should be 21 years of age by the start of the Fellowship and submit an application portfolio including:

The SPIA-Senatorial Fellowship Application Form
• A letter of application
• A personal resume
• An official academic transcript (obtainable from the Office of the Registrar)
• A list of three references (at least two of which should be academic)

Applicant’s portfolios should be completed no later than October 1st for spring to:

Office of the Dean
c/o SPIA Senatorial Public Policy Fellowship Selection Committee
School of Public and International Affairs
The University of Georgia
204 Candler Hall

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