FAQs on the Chambliss Internship

I’ve gotten some great inquiries about the Senator Chambliss National Security and Foreign Relations Internship, and here are some answers that may help you consider applying or preparing your application!

I’m scheduled to graduate in the spring. Why am I not eligible?
– The internship opportunity is arranged for the spring term.  Selected candidates must be available for outreach activities to promote the internship after the term ends.  Thus, graduating students are not eligible.  However, this is an exclusive opportunity to gain valuable work experience and build strong networking connections, in Washington, DC.  You could consider postponing graduation to a future term in order to take advantage of this professional advancement opportunity! Consult with Stephanie Jackson  to see how to make this work!

This is unpaid. Where can I find funding to support a 4-month stay in Washington, DC?
– Apply for the Georgia Tech DC Internship funding, offered by the Office of Government and Community Relations.  A $7500 stipend is offered to cover your expenses while serving in a full-time capacity as an intern in Washington, DC.  Learn more at: http://www.gov.gatech.edu/federal/DCinternship.html.
– You can also seek out external scholarships and financial aid.  Check with your Financial Aid Advisor for resources.

I’m taking INTA 3110 or INTA 6103 this fall.  Can I still apply?
– If selected, the internship offer is contingent on successfully passing the applicable course prior to the start of the spring term.

What is a writing sample?
– Employers want some evidence of how well you express yourself in written form. You need to demonstrate your ability to clearly identify and clarify an idea or hypothesis in a concise manner. You may be able to use a section of a previously written paper or recent class assignment. Or you can write on a topic of interest or relevance to the internship position.  It is important that whatever you opt to do, the writing sample should demonstrate your ability to write in a clear, grammatically correct, and well organized fashion.

Colleagues at one of our APSIA partner schools,the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, at the University of Michigan, have drafted useful guidelines for writing samples, which may be found here.

Applications for the Spring 2014 opportunity are due on Friday, September 27, 2013.