Because UGA is a land- and sea-grant institution, the university seeks to improve the quality of life in Georgia through 8 Public Service & Outreach units. Each year, 10 students are selected to intern with these PSO units. In the fall, the student scholars spend time at each of these facilities, touring them and learning about their history. They also mean with PSO mentors and gain insight on how the mentors came into their careers in Public Service and Outreach. According to Amelia,
"My favorite part of the fall meetings is hearing the mentors' stories. I have realized that no matter what a person studies, their is a career in Public Service & Outreach that will suit their strengths and interests."
During the spring semester, the student scholars spend 150 hours obtaining real-world experience and help UGA reach farther "beyond the arch." Amelia was placed in an internship with the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel. In January, she will officially begin her internship, working under the Department Head of Conference and Event Planning. She will spend most of her time next semester working in the conference center, learning what it takes to plan and execute a conference and creating new ways to promote the Georgia Center through social media.
"It will be my goal to make UGA, Athens, and the online world more aware of the The Georgia Center and all the resources it has to offer. I am so excited to begin!"
To learn more about the PSO Student Scholar Program click here.