As a PSO Student Scholar, Lauren Anderson spent a semester interning for Dr. Rusty Brooks in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s International Center and researching urbanization issues in Shanghai. China. Thanks to Dr. Brooks, the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and the Office of Service-Learning, she was able to further develop her research and relations with the Carl Vinson Institute as a PSO Summer Intern in Shanghai. With that internship, she studied how Shanghai municipal leaders could better utilize the resources of local universities and organizations to address community needs, similarly to how UGA promotes the three public service pillars of teaching, research and outreach. Lauren was also able to take courses in Chinese language, culture and politics courses at Fudan University with the assistance of the Shanghai Municipal Scholarship, an opportunity made possible by Carl Vinson’s strong relations with the city of Shanghai.


Internships provide invaluable experience for SPIA undergraduates.

This page offers students information on internships previously completed by political science and international affairs majors, opportunities within organizations which have sought SPIA students in the past, and links to internship resources via the UGA Career Center. It also provides information on how one may add an academic component to an applied experience.

The Undergraduate Office communicates information about internships and applied learning experiences which come to our attention through the Advising News & Updates listserv. Any UGA student can subscribe by e-mailing And one may follow our twitter account @spiadvis and Facebook page

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It's never too early to begin your search! Familiarize yourself with the companies or organizations in your area of interest. Visit their website, attend information sessions and join professional organizations. There are so many ways that you can get a head start. Check the deadlines for internships. The UGA Career Center can help you with your internship search. Each major is assigned a Career Consultant who can help you sharpen search skills, resume, cover letter, and interviewing techniques. To set up an appointment with your Career Consultant, just call (706) 542-3375.

Career Center

We can help

with adding a credit component to an internship

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