Internships at WACATL


The World Affairs Council of Atlanta, a non-profit, non-partisan organization affiliated with the Washington, D.C.-based World Affairs Councils of America and Georgia State University, accepts undergraduate students as research and program interns each academic semester, including summers. Many interns are on the research team working on the Robinson Country Risk Index (RCRI), a unique, interactive tool that measures country risk across different dimensions. Other interns are part of the program and membership team working on expanding council membership by delivering relevant and impactful programs that inform and challenge new thinking about global issues. All interns focus on highlighting Atlanta’s growing role in international affairs and business.

All interns should have a strong interest in political-economic leadership, country risk, corporate social responsibility, and, most importantly, the most pressing issues shaping international affairs in the 21st Century. Interns should have excellent computer and writing skills, be creative and highly motivated, and have the ability to work as a team player on multiple projects.

Expectations include a commitment of a minimum of 16 hours per week. Though the internship is unpaid, those accepted may be eligible for course credit as determined by their academic department.

GEOS Fellowship

The GEOS Fellowship is a $1000 stipend per semester for eligible Georgia State University Political Science and Robinson College of Business (RCB) students. The fellowship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students must be in junior standing by the start of the fellowship. All applicants must have a major GPA of 3.5 or above, and must be able to work a minimum of 17 hours per week (20 preferred). A total of four fellows will be selected each semester. Interested applicants must complete the GEOS Fellowship Application along with general application materials.

How to Apply

If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to Applications can be submitted at any time, but review of applications for each semester begins as follows:

March 15
July 15
October 15

Meet Our Current Interns and GRAs


Holly Bradfield

Holly BradfieldAfter practicing law for more than 20 years, Holly returned to school at Georgia State University to pursue a graduate certificate in public health and a Ph.D. in political science. Her experience includes work in child protection, gender-based violence, sexual violence and exploitation, and mental health issues. She plans to continue to focus on national and international issues pertaining to the protection of vulnerable populations.

Janel Gayle

janel_galeJanel is a third-year Economics and International Affairs student at Georgia Tech. She has just returned from studying abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain. She is especially interested in the Middle East and spent a summer studying Arabic in Oman. In the future, she hopes to work for the foreign service or in international education.

Franzene Minott

franzene_minottFranzene is a rising senior at Georgia State University. She will be completing her minor in political science at France’s Sciences Po Lille in the fall before graduating in May 2018. As a psychology major, she hopes to use her interdisciplinary background to pursue a master’s in conflict analysis and peace resolution abroad. She aspires to follow a career in diplomacy or to work for an international nonprofit organization.

Roma Parikh

roma_parikhRoma Parikh will be a senior the University of Georgia. She is majoring in International Affairs and Arabic with a minor in English. She has studied abroad in Morocco and is fluent in Spanish and Gujarati, her native tongue. She enjoys reading, travelling, and issues of security and conflict resolution in the international sphere. She plans to pursue a career in non-profit advocacy and policy.

Ashrita Rau

ashritaAshrita is a rising senior studying Peace and Justice Studies and International Relations at Tufts University. She recently moved to the Atlanta area from Chicago. During her time at the World Affairs Council, she hopes to learn more about International Relations and Conflict Resolution. When not working, she enjoys watching crime TV shows. She’s also never met a dog she didn’t want to pet.

Sensei Larsen-Scott

sensei_larsen_scottSensei is a rising senior at Agnes Scott College. She is majoring in Political Science, and minoring in Business Management. She plans to eventually go into a business or law related field. She enjoys reading, hiking, and roadtrips.

Chase Stell

Chase StellChase is a first-year master’s student in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He graduated from the University of Georgia in May 2015 with degrees in political science and international affairs. Before beginning his MPA program at Georgia State, he spent six months in Chile teaching English. He intends to work for an international nonprofit organization after finishing his master’s degree.

John Teems

john_teemsJohn recently graduated with his Master’s degree in Diplomacy & Foreign Policy from City, University of London in the UK. He is an Atlanta native and lived, worked, and traveled around the world, including Southeast Asia, Central America, and Europe. His professional interests include trade, economic diplomacy, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and Asian affairs. After the internship, John intends to work in international trade and/or development.

Angélica Trapp

angelica_trappAngelica is an international student from Brazil, pursuing her undergraduate studies in Business Management. She decided to study in the United States after finishing a cultural exchange program in Atlanta. Angelica is interested in humanitarian work, learning about new cultures, and travel.