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.

Marquon D. Banks

Marquon BanksMarquon is a senior at Georgia State University. He is a public policy major with a concentration in public management and governance. Since the age of two, he’s traveled to numerous locations around the world. He hopes to build his expertise and awareness of international affairs in the public sector.

Spencer Bauer

Spencer BauerSpencer will graduate from Georgia College and State University in May 2017 with a double major in political science and geography. He had the pleasure of studying abroad for six months in Stockholm, Sweden, and would love to go back soon. He follows the Atlanta Falcons, Braves and Hawks closely and in his free time is most likely watching TV or reading a book.

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.

Kevin Friend

kevin-friendKevin is a fourth-year student at Georgia State University majoring in political science with a 3.64 GPA. Born in Marietta, Georgia, he attended Walton High School and Chattahoochee Technical College. Currently he is involved in Model UN classes and is preparing for a study abroad trip to Ireland. Kevin is engaged to be married and has two amazing future stepchildren at home.

Mishaal Khan

mishaal-khanMishaal Khan is a senior at Agnes Scott College graduating in May 2017, with a major in international relations and minors in human rights and environmental sustainability. She is originally from Pakistan, but grew up in Sri Lanka. She enjoys the beach, listening to music, traveling, cooking and learning about global issues pertaining to gender, international conflict resolution and security. She plans to join the foreign service and pursue further studies in law and diplomacy. She aspires to be an international lawyer and diplomat, for now. She is fluent in English, Urdu and Spanish, speaks French and is learning Arabic.

Kruppa Raghuraman

Kruppa RaghuramanKruppa is currently a sophomore at Georgia State University. She is a business major with a concentration in accounting and is also interested in the political science field. In the future, she is planning to pursue a graduate accounting degree at Georgia State University.

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.