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  • Locations: Washington D.C., United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Summer (June-July)
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/18/2019 02/01/2019 06/08/2019 08/03/2019
NOTE: Program dates are subject to change at this time. Program may begin in the middle of May instead of June 8th. We are in the process of arranging with housing to determine a later start date of June 8 to cut costs to students and comply with internship availability in DC. Contact Rebekah Ryan,, with any questions or concerns.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Domestic Type of Instruction: Experiential, Fieldwork/Research, Internship, Lecture
Classes With: UGA Students Language Program: No
Language of Instruction: English Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professor(s)
Housing Location: Off-Campus Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Grady
Academic Area: Advertising, Business Administration, College Student Affairs Administration, Communication Studies, Consumer Economics, Consumer Foods, Consumer Journalism, Criminal Justice, Design, Digital and Broadcast Journalism, Education, Educational Administration and Policy, Educational Leadership, Environmental Economics, Environmental Economics and Management, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Finance, Financial Planning, Food Industry Marketing and Administration, General Business, Geography, Higher Education, Historic Preservation, History, Integrative Conservation and Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Affairs, International Business, International Policy, Journalism, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing Research, Mass Communication, Mass Media Arts, Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, Natural Resources, Nonprofit Organizations, Political Science, Political Science and International Affairs, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Relations, Research and Evaluation Methodology, Student Affairs Leadership, Teacher Leadership Participant Selection: Competitive
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.7 or above Number of Student Participants: 6-10 students
Type of Admission: By deadline only Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:


Join a group of nine Grady students to participate in eleven-week internships on the Hill and around Washington D.C. while you learn about the many possibilities for your future in D.C.!

Program Location

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! 

Your Faculty

Salas Deans medalRetired 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.

Academic Program

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.Grady students DC

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.

2018 Program Itinerary

Arrive at Delta Hall on Saturday, May 9, 2018. Internships will begin the week of May 10th and classes will begin on Tuesday, May 11th.  The last day of class is Thursday, July 26, 2018 and the program ends July 27. Students move out of Delta Hall on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

Housing and Meals

Delta Hall UGAThe 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.

Program Costs

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 2018 hasn’t been determined at this time and is subject to change slightly from what is advertised to students in the Fall. For Summer 2017, the PROGRAM FEE was $4,923  (this includes the $500 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:
- 11 weeks lodging in fully-furnished dorms at UGA Delta Hall, (LINK)
- 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 2018)
- Roundtrip airfare to DC (Cars are not allowed at Delta Hall)
- Ground transportation while in DC (metro, cabs, etc.)
- Meals
- Personal Purchases