This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.
Join a group of nine Grady students to participate in eight-week internships on the Hill and around Washington D.C. while you learn about the many possibilities for your future in D.C.!
GRADY DC FIELD STUDY AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Grady DC Summer Internship and Field Study is housed in Delta Hall, the University of Georgia's newest off-campus facility in a bustling neighborhood on the Hill. You'll be able to walk and ride the Metro to get to internships, museums, activities, groceries, dry-cleaning and more!
Retired Marine Colonel Bryan Salas, (ABJ ‘87) and a 2011 recipient of the Dean’s Medal for Communication Leadership, is teaching the Grady@DC public affairs communications course. Salas currently serves as Senior Counselor and Deputy Chief of Staff of Customer Service and Public Engagement at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and he brings decades of military communications experience to the classroom.
“I absolutely love UGA and the Grady College. That’s where I started. The education that UGA provided helped make me who I am today,” said Salas.
The coursework focuses on strategic public affairs planning and in-course practical application of communications tactics to support the plans. The course will use real-world national policy issues for discussion, planning, and the development of public affairs communications currently in use in government and industry. The core objective of this class is to take previously studied public relations and communication theories and apply them to produce communications deliverables on complex issues in a time-sensitive environment.
The course provides students with an overview of the principles and practices for public relations in the National Capitol. The course includes study on the organization and scope of the public relations field in Washington D.C. The practical application of public relations theories, strategies, and tactics will be tied to real-world internships.
The general daily course format is lecture, presentations by guest speakers, timed writing assignment, and student presentation. Skills will be honed through timed writing assignments, briefings, class presentations, media content and stakeholder analysis, and case studies. At the end of the course you should have a clear understanding of how to anticipate the communications implications of policy and actions, plan public affairs actions to support programs or mitigate challenges, and produce well-researched and written products in a time-compressed atmosphere.
2020 Program Itinerary
Arrive at Delta Hall on Saturday, June 6th, 2020. Internships will begin the week of June 8th and classes will begin on Tuesday, June 9th. The last day of class is Thursday, July 30th and the program ends Friday, July 31, 2020. Students move out of Delta Hall on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Housing and Meals
The UGA Delta Hall is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on the east side of Stanton Park. Students are just minutes from the Capitol as well as all Senate and House office buildings. In addition, the facility is just a short walk from The Supreme Court, The Library of Congress, the National Mall, and many other historic landmarks!
Students are responsible for their meal costs during their time in D.C. There are full kitchens available in the house, as well as laundry and mail service.
The program costs vary from year to year depending on number of students enrolled, fluctuation in lodging costs, and logistical changes to the program. The total cost for Summer 2020 hasn’t been determined at this time and is subject to change slightly from what is advertised to students in the Fall. For Summer 2019, the PROGRAM FEE was $3,645 (this includes the $150 security deposit paid separately upon acceptance to the program).
**out of state students will be subject to an additional $250 out of state student fee but will be charged IN-STATE tuition**
The program fee listed above includes the following:
- 8 weeks lodging in fully-furnished dorms at UGA Delta Hall
- An opening and closing dinner
- Classroom use
- Some faculty related expenses
The program fee listed above DOES NOT include:
- 6 hours of in-state tuition and UGA Mandatory fees (See UGA’s website for updated tuition and fees rates for Summer 2020)
- Roundtrip airfare to DC (Cars are not allowed at Delta Hall)
- Ground transportation while in DC (metro, cabs, etc.)
- Personal Purchases
Attend a Grady DC Field Study and Internship Program Information Session!
1. Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
12:00-1:00pm in room 203 (2nd floor of Grady College - 120 Hooper Street, Athens).
2. Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
12:30-1:30pm in room 239 (2nd floor of Grady College - 120 Hooper Street, Athens).