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December 23, 2014 | Spotlight

Three Vinson Fellows Present Results of Fall Semester Internship Projects

Writer: Roger Nielsen

Three University of Georgia undergraduates capped semester-long internships through the Vinson Institute Fellows Program this month by presenting reports on their student projects to Institute of Government faculty and staff.

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

International affairs and Latin American studies major Jack Kelly worked with faculty member Phillip Boyle on an analysis of public administration training programs. Kelly, a fourth-year student from Rome, has interned with Senator Saxby Chambliss and studied abroad in Spain, Cuba, Brazil, and England. He hopes to pursue a career in the intelligence field.

Maggie Smith, a fourth-year political science and international affairs major from Dunwoody, conducted a demographic comparison of three public transit systems with faculty mentor Langford Holbrook. Smith is minoring in French and religion, and has studied abroad in China, Italy, and Poland. She has served as a research assistant for political science professor Charles Bullock.

Political science and economics major Ben Weintraut developed a "complete streets" webinar with his faculty mentor, Chrissy Marlowe. Weintraut, a fourth-year student from Macon, intends to pursue either a law degree or a master's degree in public administration. He has worked extensively with the UGA Office of Sustainability in creating an environmental literacy certificate program.

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.

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