Tech offers its students a plethora of study abroad opportunities. According to the Office of International Education, the institute sends more than 2,000 students abroad to study abroad every year and offers more than 120 programs. These possibilities are absent on almost all continents and course offered.
The school’s most popular programs include activities in Metz, Barcelona and Oxford. In comparison, the most recently developed program is located domestically in Washington, DC
Proposed by Professors Zak Taylor and Larry Rubin in collaboration with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs (INTA) and the School of Public Policy (SPP), the “[email protected]“Venture aims to provide a Pathways to Policy program with courses, internships, research opportunities and extracurricular activities.
The program will initially take place over the course of the 2023 fall semester.
While “abroad,” students enroll in a full course program; You can earn six hours of academic credits along with six hours Recognition of professional internships.
Although course offerings are still being determined, administration will plan based on student needs. The focus is on courses that meet humanities and ethics (core area C) as well as social science requirements (Core E) Requirement.
For example, students may take courses related to INTA or PUBP, such as: B. Global Citizenship (INTA 3050) or Political Philosophy (PHIL 3050). Additionally, internship opportunities are plentiful thanks to the support of Tech staff; Students can complete unpaid internships with organizations such as the State Department, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and others.
Tech alumni have done internships at companies like the ones listed above, and this is how the school has stayed in touch with these programs.
In addition to attending courses and completing an internship, the faculty intends to coordinate extracurricular activities for the cohorts.
According to the official flyer for the program, it could look like this: “[participating] on guided field visits to government agencies and also [touring] historical sites and museums around the Washington DC area.”
As for accommodation, students will live in double, triple or quadruple apartment complexes – similar to the accommodation offered on Tech’s main campus. Participants will share rooms with their peers [email protected] study abroad peers. In total, [email protected] will cost $6,300 plus state tuition fees.
Taylor noted that they “do everything they can to keep costs down. All students pay state tuition fees regardless of residency status. So the total cost is close to, if not under, a semester here in Atlanta.”
When asked about the purpose of the program, Taylor and Rubin said: “[email protected] offers tech students the opportunity to connect with key political networks and practice in DC”
They continued that “students can build a strong and enduring network outside of Atlanta, gain work experience, integrate academic and policy dimensions into their degree program, and explore public service as a potential career path.”
The two expressed their opinion on why they initiated the development of the program.
“When I spent a year in DC in 2017 and 2018 working at the Pentagon, I was struck by our lack of formal and institutional presence. I…began exploring options for bringing greater tech presence opportunities to DC, focused on about a semester in the area,” Rubin said.
Taylor emphasized the importance of both non-STEM and STEM majors having some level of understanding within them the realm of politics.
“[Employers and alumni] told us that tech students are far more employable when they have real experience and knowledge of the political space – both domestic and internationally,” Taylor said.
He continued, “In order for STEM majors to excel, they need to understand the political, regulatory, and international environment in which companies operate today. Building a bridge, a car engine or a computer network is no longer just a technical task.”
All in all, this is the place [email protected] inspired to foster these skills. Both professors exclaimed how excited they were for the students to experience Washington, DC
Taylor says there’s a sense of excitement and empowerment about being in town.
“The energy and excitement of solving the country’s problems is just amazing – the students are going to have a great time,” said Taylor. “DC is full of college students and 20 year olds, very few of whom grew up in the DC area. Everyone is a transplant and there is a lot to do.”
Similarly, Rubin says that “there are many social, cultural and professional opportunities to explore. If anyone is interested in public service of any kind, this is an essential place to start a career. I encourage anyone looking for a job in DC to spend time there for all of these reasons.”
Applications for autumn 2023 are now possible.
Places are limited to 17 students in the first semester of the program and there are no fees or other obligations are due at this time.
To learn more about the program and the application process, students can contact Taylor at [email protected] or ruby [email protected]inta.gatech.edu.