Writer: Roger Nielsen
Three University of Georgia undergraduates concluded semester-long internships through the Vinson Institute Fellows Program by presenting reports on their student projects to Institute of Government faculty and staff recently.
This spring marked the 16th cohort of Vinson Fellows since the Institute of Government inaugurated the research internship in 2009.
Students selected as Vinson Fellows work with faculty mentors in hands-on projects that allow them to investigate the intricacies of government, explore issues with national implications, and delve into international affairs. The internships give fellows the opportunity to meet public officials and explore the possibility of future careers in public service.
International affairs major Rara Reines, a first-year student from Athens, explored economic development strategies in countries where mass unemployment is prevalent. Reines, a CURO Honors Scholar who is minoring in African studies, worked with Rusty Brooks, who manages the Institute’s International Center.
Kavi Pandian, a sophomore Foundation Fellow from Chamblee, assessed the elements that Georgia educators believe should be included in the state’s plan to meet federal Every Student Succeeds Act educational standards. A Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar, Pandian worked with faculty member Russ Cook on the project.
The impact of governmental fund balances was the topic that junior Jennifer Hardister explored with faculty mentors Tracy Arner and Wes Clarke. Hardister, a junior from Dunwoody, is a CURO Honors Scholar and is majoring in accounting and international business.
The Vinson Institute Fellows Program fall internship is open to all UGA undergraduates. The Institute works with the UGA Honors Program and the university’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute to select the fellows for each spring semester cohort. Visit the Student Opportunities page on the Institute website for more information.