Students interested in state and local government can gain valuable experience and prepare for careers in public service through the Vinson Institute Fellows Program. This semester-long internship with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government introduces undergraduate students to the inner workings of state and local government, both in Georgia and abroad.
Every year, approximately 35 students from Georgia's public and private universities and colleges gain firsthand experience in the lawmaking process by participating in the Georgia Legislative Intern Program. The Georgia General Assembly coordinates this program, and the Vinson Institute assists in the selection of UGA students for participation.
Graduate students seeking careers in public administration can turn to the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and its Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree for a comprehensive learning experience. The Vinson Institute cooperates in offering the program, one of the highest-ranked of its kind in the country.
Through an endowment provided by Sarah Mae and Lawrence V. Phillips, the Vinson Institute coordinates a competitive scholarship for the UGA Croatia Maymester Study Abroad Program. The scholarship helps promote greater understanding of Croatia's history, culture, and society by supporting participation in the program through full or partial funding for select students.
The Vinson Institute awards scholarships to selected UGA students interested in participating in a four-week summer study aboard program to Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Students take courses in Chinese language, history, culture, politics, and economy.