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2018-2019 PSO Student Scholar: Elizabeth Carter

Hometown: Augusta, Georgia

Year: Sophomore

College: School of Public and International Affairs

Major: Duel bachelor’s and master’s, in international affairs and international policy

Internship Unit: Carl Vinson Institute of Government


Have you had any internships? 

During my time with the MED Program (Microenterprise Development Intern at the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization), I designed and conducted qualitative field research to assess the business climate in Clarkston, GA among refugee- and immigrant-owned business. From this research, I crafted an internal report with policy recommendations to inform and cultivate new partnerships with the city government in Clarkston.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

In ten years, I see myself living in D.C. working in United States Agency for International Development’s Center for Innovation and Impact to improve development programs through public-private partnerships. Alternately, I would like to work with the Government and Public Services sector of Deloitte, or a similar consulting organization, to advise government agencies on development program improvement.

Why did you apply for PSO Scholars? 

While my studies are international in scope, the development programs I study mirror that of UGA’s Public Service and Outreach efforts. Learning about the initiative and impact of UGA PSO will strengthen my understanding of what makes development successful and how to intentionally invest in one’s community.

What excites you most about your unit? 

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s International Center has research and programs with a measured impact around the world. I am enthusiastic to start research of my own with seasoned mentors and colleagues with the same excitement and plenty of experience.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

I hope to strengthen my researching skills and learn from the experiences of my colleagues and their projects.

Why is service and outreach important to you? 

Service and outreach is what builds community. It is important to me to be a part of giving back to Athens, since UGA is such a large part of the lives of everyday Athenians, whether intentional or not. I think the UGA experience should be about more; it should be about the Athens community.

Fun fact: 

I have never made a bad batch of brownies. I have perfected the cook time, and I know the exact moment to take them out of the oven.

Carter visited the Volcán de Fuego, the volcano of fire, in Guatemala.

The Public Service & Outreach Student Scholars program provides the opportunity for a select cohort of undergraduate students to explore and engage with the University of Georgia’s public service and outreach (PSO) mission. Supported by the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, and administered through the Office of Service-Learning, this year-long program is intended to provide deeper understanding of PSO’s purpose, breadth, and depth through supervised service experiences with PSO and communities, to help students link their public service experiences with their career and educational goals, and to create a community of student scholars who understand the role of public service in Georgia and more broadly.

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