Internship Overview

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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.

How to Apply

If interested, please send a resume, cover letter, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to wacintern@gsu.edu. 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

Guy-Stephane Aka

Guy-Stephane AkaGuy is pursuing a master of professional accountancy degree at the Robinson College of Business with a focus on taxation. He is a big fan of soccer, Legos and puzzles.

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.

Ahmani Dawson

Ahmani DawsonAhmani is a third-year international affairs major with a concentration in diplomacy and international service at Kennesaw State University (KSU). She is also president of KSU’s African American Student Alliance, which allows her to interact with some of the most amazing student leaders every day.

Valerie Perez

Valerie PerezValerie is a senior at Georgia State University. She is a political science major with a concentration in pre-law and a minor in philosophy. She intends to further her education in the field of health law.

Erica Rawlins

Erica RawlinsErica is a senior at Clark Atlanta University. She is a mass media arts major with a concentration in public relations. She enjoys traveling, reading and learning about international affairs. She aspires to pursue her graduate degree at the American University of Paris.

Jarred Schmitz

Jarred SchmitzJarred is beginning his fourth year at Georgia State University and is double majoring in political science and psychology. He enjoys traveling all around the world and hopes to work for the State Department someday.

Jennica Toussaint

Jennica ToussaintJennica left her home country of Haiti in 2008 to join her family and to continue her education in the United States. She attended an early college program at Georgia Perimeter College where she earned an associate’s degree in business administration. She is currently a senior at the Robinson College of Business studying managerial sciences and International business. Her career aspirations include becoming an ambassador for the United Nations, a published author and an international attorney. She is fluent in French, Creole and English. Jennica enjoys learning about global issues as well as traveling the world.