A row of computers is home base for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s Washington interns. From left, Zach Matthews, who is part of UGA’s Washington Semester Program; Wes Bernard, a student in UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs who is doing a fellowship with Isakson; and Matt Bernes, a Georgia resident and Indiana University student interning with Isakson.


The School of Public and International Affairs, in cooperation with the offices of select Georgia U.S. Senators, maintains semester-long fellowship programs. The purpose of these programs is to provide learning opportunities in an applied political and policy environment, which connect the practice of political science with coursework and introduce SPIA students to public service careers in Washington.

The Fellows are determined on a competitive basis including an application and interview process. Three Fellows are selected each academic year: one Fall and one Spring Public Policy Fellow. Each Fellow is offered a significant stipend (currently $6,000 over the term) and credit-earning opportunities. Housing and academic credit options via UGA’s Washington Semester Program are possible, although Fellows may opt to make their own arrangements.

Complete applications are due on September 21st (for spring) and February 20th (for fall) 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
Athens, GA 30602-1492

Any questions can be forwarded to Paul Welch by email at texan@uga.edu or phone at (706) 542-0096.

For more information on available Fellowships please read the following:

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Since 1851, 25 governors of Georgia have been graduates of the University of Georgia, including the former governor, Sonny Perdue. Perdue is the fifth consecutive state chief executive, and the seventh of the last nine governors, to hold a UGA degree. Both of Georgia’s U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, are graduates as are U.S. Reps.  John Barrow, Paul Broun, Jr., Tom Graves, John (Jack) Kingston, Austin Scott, and Rob Woodall.


Paul D Welch

Director of Student Affairs and Co-Director of Internships and Experiential Opportunities

Office: 103 Candler Hall

Phone: 706-542-4114

Fax: 706-583-0095

Email: pdwelch@uga.edu