December 12, 2017 | Spotlight

Vinson Fellows present results of fall semester internship projects

Fall semester’s three Vinson Institute Fellows presented the results of their undergraduate internship projects recently at a gathering of Institute faculty and staff.

Writer: Roger Nielsen

Three University of Georgia undergraduates capped semester-long internships through the Vinson Institute Fellows Program by presenting their project results at a recent gathering of faculty and staff with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Vinson Fellows work with faculty mentors on hands-on research projects that allow them to interact with elected officials, examine issues that bear national implications and delve into international affairs. The internships give fellows the opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers in public service.

Bailey Shea, a senior honors student, worked with faculty mentor Leigh Elkins on a comparison of the costs of Federal Emergency Management Agency property buyouts versus year-after-year rebuilding costs on Georgia’s coast. Shea, from Bogart, is majoring in economics with a focus on public policy and sustainability.

Jesse Kerzner, a senior international affairs and criminal justice major, explored effective ways to recruit and retain law enforcement officers in a project with faculty mentor Mark Foster. Kerzner, from Raleigh, N.C., is interested strategic intelligence, international law, comparative politics and the intersection of immigration and crime.

Working with faculty mentor Rusty Brooks, Vinson Fellow Rachel Kelley explored the effects of the United States’ foreign policy towards North Korea over the past five presidential administrations. Kelley, a senior from Marietta, is majoring in international affairs and French and minoring in Korean language and literature.

The Vinson Institute Fellows Program fall internship is open to all UGA undergraduates. A second cohort for spring semester is selected in collaboration with the UGA Honors Program and the university’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.

Students interested in applying for the fellows program can contact coordinator Allyson Terry at internships@cviog.uga.edu for more information.