Research opportunities within SPIA

My name is Stephanie Cannon, and I am a third-year undergraduate student studying international affairs and Arabic with a minor in Russian. I am also a member of the Richard

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The value of a SPIA degree

by Elise Tanyel “So… what are you trying to do with your International Affairs degree?” This is the dreaded question that I’m sure we all, as liberal arts students, have

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Don’t skip class kids…unless you get the opportunity to meet a hero

by Faiz Syed It was going to be a rough week ahead! I had a few major exams as well as some deadlines for my research. As I sat down

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SPIA and the opportunities it has to offer

by Zoe Booth While most people may view any regular listserv or mass email as just another message to dump into the trash folder of their school email, if you

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Experiential Learning Program Internship

By Karina Delgado I have always been very grateful for all the opportunities that the School of Public and International Affairs has presented to me over the past three years.

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Public Affairs Professional Certificate

by Abigail Chasteen SPIA is a place of endless opportunities. One of my personal favorite ways that SPIA presents opportunities to the student body is through the certificate options. I

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My Experience at the Spencer Frye Legislative Fellowship

by Taylor Evans From August 2017 to May 2018 I served as a Legislative Fellow for Representative Spencer Frye (D) of the 118th house district of Georgia. I started off

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Immersing myself in a new culture

By Karina Delgado I had many different experiences throughout my study abroad in Italy. I really believe this experience was like no other. I loved travelling with a group of

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A lecturer that goes the extra mile makes all the difference: A spotlight on Maryann Gallagher

by Zoe Booth The thing I most dreaded when I entered college were the big lecture halls. The impersonal, cold feeling of sitting in a room with over 100 people

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Learning through state-building simulations

by Alexa Hernandez While choosing to be a student of SPIA is a remarkable decision in itself, I, in an obviously biased manner,  will go a bit further and say

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How SPIA is helping me pursue my medical career

by Faiz Syed One of the greatest experiences that I have had in college was interning at the Morehouse School of Medicine for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Dr. David

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SPIA helped me find what I am passionate about

by Ivana Motes When I first came to college, I really had no idea what I truly wanted to do with my life. This is very similar to many freshmen

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So you’re thinking about SPIA

by Cecilia Vu So you’re thinking about switching or adding a SPIA major. What do you do? Well, first thing is to actually know what SPIA is! SPIA stands for

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SPIA changed my life

by Abigail Chasteen When thinking about what SPIA means to me, I can’t help but remember the impact my favorite political science course has had on me as an individual

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Shaping my study abroad experience

By Marisa Hernandez While my study abroad experience was not through SPIA, I still emphasize the value in going abroad, especially as an international affairs major. Being able to see

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My Maymester experience at Oxford

by Jena Jibreen   This past summer, after my first year at UGA, I was fortunate enough to experience a Maymester study abroad program at the University of Oxford. Though

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Professors that want to see you succeed

By: Alyssa Mora My time in SPIA has been considerably short compared to other students. When I came into college I was an Exercise Science Major attempting to go down

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Encontrando Mi Comunidad at the University of Georgia

By Ivan Ruiz-Hernandez Growing up in the suburbs of Metro-Atlanta, my exposure to Latinx literature and scholarly works was limited. The experiences that I had were normally curated by the

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The most magical place on Earth: Washington, DC

By Elizabeth Carter As a child, the quintessence of a summer well-spent would chiefly concern the success of a personal marketing campaign to my parents on a trip to Disney

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My summer abroad

By Alexa Hernandez This past summer, I was fortunate enough to travel with the School of Public and International Affairs to Verona, Italy, through their Maymester study abroad program to

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An internship in public service is eye-opening

By Lauren Anders As an International Affairs student, summer and the months leading up to it are full of anticipation. The community of School of International and Public Affair students

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Finding SPIA & Candler Hall using Google Maps

Not too long ago, I was standing at The Arch on Broad Street and needed to get to SPIA (School of Public and International Affairs) in Candler Hall. So, like

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Finding his passion in SPIA

By Joseph Suen I remember having a hard time deciding what to major in before arriving at the University of Georgia. Mainly, this was due to the fact that I

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SPIA around the world

by Zoe Li In my four years as a student in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), I have traveled to over 25 cities and 10 countries

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Being a woman in SPIA

by Anayely Moreno As we realize that March is Women’s History Month, perhaps because your friend mentioned it, or the person in class who seems to have a lot of

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Finding a sense of community

By Margaret Beckley Coming into SPIA at UGA as a freshman, I knew I wanted to major in International Affairs and Political Science, but I did not realize that SPIA

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SPIA Student Mentorship Program

By Elizabeth Carter Starting this semester, a group of SPIA Student Ambassadors have started a Peer Mentorship Program for SPIA students. The purpose of the program is to facilitate relationships

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Internships: More Than a Resume Builder

By Amy Doehrman Each semester hundreds of students scramble to find the perfect internship- you know the one in DC, with a stipend that fills job opening with interns… We

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Listen to Yourself: Choose SPIA!

by Caroline Gustavson Deciding upon a school for my college career was extremely difficult even though I knew I wanted to be an International Affairs major. I had contradicting opinions

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SPIA at Oxford

by Hannah Ruby SPIA’s eight week study abroad program at the University of Oxford started on a dreary morning in early January. Everyone trudged from their bedrooms downstairs into the

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Apply to the UGA Undergraduate Admissions Internship

by Jay-Ce Heisig Want to give tours and admissions guidance to prospective bulldawgs? Apply to be an intern in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions!   As an admissions intern myself,

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My Semester at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Well Close Enough Anyway…)

By Flora Patel I constantly tell others that “life starts at the end of your comfort zone,” to encourage them to step out of their safety zones and experience life.

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My Non-UGA Study Abroad Experience

By Eamon Gaffney As cliché as it sounds, studying abroad was the most enriching experience I have had the opportunity to partake in during my time in college so far.

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“What’s SPIA?” and Other Questions I’ve Answered About as Many Times as my 810

By Peyton Sammons “What’s SPIA?” and Other Questions I’ve Answered About as Many Times as my 810 As I embark on my 16th year of formal education, and 4th year

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My Only Regret

By Kimberlee John-Williams Everyone gets nostalgic in the months preceding graduation, and I am certainly not immune to feeling increasingly sentimental as my time in Athens comes to a close.

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How to Make the Most of Your SPIA Career

By Jesse Kerzner The fragility and value of time is often overlooked. Specifically, when it comes to the always too short, four-year, college career. So with that in mind, there

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One More Resume

By Peyton Sammons While many students spend the summer between their first and second years taking family vacations, or waiting tables at a local restaurant, I was running around my

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“Abbie, Yay or Nay?”

By Abbie Nash This past week in my Legislative Process class, we discussed what goes in to the decisions that members of Congress make. What influences the way certain lawmakers

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Law School Apps 101

By Chelsea Reese Thinking about applying to law school? It’s one thing to think about it- actually doing it is a whole different story! The process is long and is

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A Nice Home in South Africa

by Libby Ballou Kayamandi means “nice home.” If I had heard this before the summer of 2015, I would have pictured a mansion with many amenities. Yet, after my month-long

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What’s So Great about SPIA?

By Amaan Charaniya It’s not unusual for me to tell people I’m in SPIA and for them to quickly respond with, “what’s that?”  Unfortunately, even among UGA students, SPIA hasn’t

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The Importance of the Unfamiliar

By Jacquelyn Harms Two years ago, I traveled to the beautiful country of Turkey to be an intern for a non-profit that worked with children with disabilities. When people asked

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Studying in South Africa

By Grace Walker Since day one, my professors in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) have been teaching me vital lessons about the world and the way that

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My Reaction to the 2016 Election

By Grace Nelms This election season was long; I feel like I’ve aged a lifetime in the last year and a half. But, now it is over and now we

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Lessons in Applying to European Programs

By Olivia Haas The prospect of graduating is scary and, somehow, the semester is already almost over. And the feeling of approaching a finite end without a clear plan for

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Gaining Credit through SPIA for my Dream Internship

By Ariel Pinsky This summer I was able to receive 8 hours of class credit toward my Political Science major (with the help of my faculty advisor Dr. Josh Putnam)

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What I Wish I Knew as a SPIA Freshman

By Alex Corluyan Lots of students walk onto campus during orientation, look at the Arch, and can’t wait to finally walk under it 4 years later. That’s a mistake. Being at UGA

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Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

By Elijah Scott For my first thirty-six hours in Romania, I had met the national champion judo practitioner, realized that no one would accept US dollars or credit, was unable

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Teaching the Government how to Govern

By Elizabeth Holland Nestled behind the ancient oaks on North Milledge Ave. is a building where much of the behind-the-scenes action of Georgia government takes place. The Carl Vinson Institute

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MockDawgs

By Ryan Bolt As spring semester approaches here at the University of Georgia it marks the end of another great season competing with the undergraduate mock trial team. For those

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A Chance to Learn in Our Own Backyard

By Sara Beth Marchert The School of Public and International Affairs & the University of Georgia offer students an incredible opportunity to have a semester in Washington DC, interning in

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Happy Veteran’s Day

By Madison Turner As a nation, we take this day to observe, honor and recognize the bravest men and women in our country’s history– our veterans. From kindergarten to senior

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How SPIA Helped My Dreams Become Reality

By Rebeca Westmoreland Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a heroic story about a hardworking student that realized all of their dreams after years and years of failed attempts. Far

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SPIA: More than Just a Liberal Arts Degree

By Patrick Jameson Cunningham The School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia has an incredibly diverse student population. When I walk into a class, I never

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Creating a SPIA Identity

By Tyler Leigh Wow! I can’t believe that in a few short days, I will be in Sanford Stadium, cheering on the Bulldogs for my last season as a student.

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Happy New Year

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski Dear Students, Parents, Alumni and Friends: Happy New Year to you and your families.  As we enter 2015, I remain extremely optimistic about SPIA and its

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2015 Legislative Fellowship Program with Rep. Spencer Frye

By Paul Welch 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

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Lessons from Abroad

By Olivia Haas As a student of international affairs and history, past and current political and social climates have always fascinated me.  I felt my education of the subjects could

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Using Faculty Expertise to Your Advantage

By Rachel Surminsky The University of Georgia has innumerable resources for its students but its most prominent is a strong and dedicated faculty. Faculty members make a student’s college experience

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Call for Applications: SPIA-Senator Isakson Public Policy Fellowship

By Paul Welch 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

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Class Notes for August

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski J. Lee Weems (M.P.A. 2004) has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors. 

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“Model African Union” this Fall via the African Studies Institute at UGA

By Paul Welch The African Studies Institute is offering a new class under the Critical Issues in Contemporary Africa course number AFST 4200/6200 which will give students credit for preparing

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Class Notes for July

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski  SPIA alumnus, Joshua Jones, is the president and CEO of Red Clay Communications, an Atlanta-based firm that advised the Dave Brat campaign for the Virginia Republican

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New Intro Classes in International Affairs Added for Fall: 1100, 3200 & 3300

By Paul Welch The Department of International Affairs has added new sections of INTL 1100 “Intro to Global Issues,” INTL 3200 “Introduction to International Relations,” and INTL 3300 “Intro to

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What’s An Elective? NMIX 2020 “Intro to New Media”

By Paul Welch Another in a continuing (and apparently sporadic) series of blog posts about good elective choices. Here we have a class from the Grady College of Journalism concerning

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Class Notes for June

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski SPIA alumnus, Don L. Pruitt Jr., was featured in the Athens Banner-Herald for his dedication to saving lives as a paramedic captain with National EMS. Read

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New INTL Courses Added to Fall Schedule: 4230, 4640, and More!

By Paul Welch The Department of International Affairs recently opened several new courses on Athena for the fall term: INTL 1100H “Introduction to Global Issues (Honors)” 9:30-10:45 TTH in Candler

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New INTL 4770 Added for Fall: “International Security Cooperation”

By Paul Welch Special Topics Course: International Security Cooperation taught by Allison Shelton   This course synthesizes the IR sub-fields of international conflict and cooperation by examining how (and how

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Welcome to Summer!

By Stefanie A. Lindquist Many of our students and several faculty members are abroad studying in South Africa, Italy, China and Japan.  Meanwhile, in the Dean’s Office, we are looking

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Class Notes for May

By Caroline Paris Paczkowski Congratulations class of 2014 for becoming SPIA alumni! Don’t forget to fill out an alumni profile letting us know where you will be next year! Lauren Pinson

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The New Face of SPIA

By Stefanie A. Lindquist Welcome to the newly renovated website for the School of Public and International Affairs!   We think that you will enjoy reading about our faculty, students, and

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Class Notes for March

By Janet Recent MPA graduate Vasil Jaiani pens op-ed for Forbes about the West’s response to the situation in Ukraine. Jaiani now serves as senior management analyst for the District

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Southern Education Foundation Internships

By Paul Welch The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), http://www.southerneducation.org, is reaching out to tomorrow’s leaders through the 2014 Southern Education Leadership Initiative. Since 2004, SEF has placed over 165 students

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Russell Library to Host Nuclear Threats Panel This Week

By Paul Welch The Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies will host an event showcasing selected scholars discussing nuclear threats on Thursday, Mar. 6th from 5:30-7 p.m.

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Pi Sigma Alpha (PoliSci) Honor Society hosts a meet & greet on March 4th

Pi Sigma Alpha, the honor society for political science students at UGA, will host a “Meet & Greet” for all students on Wednesday March 4th at 4 pm in Baldwin

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