International Affairs (INTA)

This program allows you to focus your degree on forces that are shaping our world during a time of dramatic political, economic, and social change.

Ambassadors

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Kate Cullen

INTA International Affairs and PUBP Public Policy | 2nd Year | McIntosh High School

In what activities are you involved?

Student Government, Greek Life

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?

I am currently an intern for Carolyn Bourdeaux for Congress on the field team meaning I call voters to make sure they have voted and answer any questions they might have.

What do you like best about your major?

As a double major, I love that I am able to pursue both of my passions. I love that I can be educated on issues going on globally, but also the ones that affect me in Georgia and nationally. My favorite thing is when my majors intersect, and I can see just how international relations affects domestic policy and vice versa.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

The liberal arts community at Tech is small and close-knit meaning you get a lot more attention from Professors and advisors than other students might get. This means that the people in the college are doing everything they can to make sure you succeed which is an incredibly special aspect of the college.

Have questions for Kate Cullen? Contact Kate.

Henry Tharpe

INTA International Affairs | Concentration in Spanish | 3rd Year | Brookwood High School

In what activities are you involved?

IAC Student Advisory Board, Greek Life

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?

Georgia Legislative Internship Program, European Union Study Abroad

What do you like best about your major?

I like the intimate class sizes and discussion based style of the courses. This aspect of International Affairs allows you to get to know your professors.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love the small liberal arts college feel while being at a large research institution. It is easy to meet people while also taking advantage of the resources that Georgia Tech provides.

Have questions for Henry Tharpe? Contact Henry.

Manika Bhatia

INTA International Affairs and Pre-Law| 2nd Year | North Gwinnett High School

In what activities are you involved?

I am a member of Alpha Chi Omega as well as an ambassador for GoPuff.

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?

I worked at Pyramid Consulting INC. as marketing intern, founded a youth group for Raksha, a non-profit that focuses on promoting a stronger and healthier South Asian community through confidential support services, education, and advocacy. Raksha works towards healing, empowerment, and justice for survivors of violence. I am currently still a student ambassador for GoPuff and represent the brand through social media and blog marketing.

What do you like best about your major?

I love being an international affairs major and learning about key issues happening around the world and how they are impacted by technology.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

The reason I chose to be a liberal arts major at a STEM-oriented institution is because of the close-knit community and the smaller classes.

Have questions for Manika Bhatia? Contact Manika.

Chandler Pearson

INTA International Affairs| Minor in International Business. Language and Culture| 2nd Year | Lake Oconee Academy

In what activities are you involved?

Greek Life, Greek Cru, Georgia Tech Tour Guides, Georgia Tech Vertically Integrated Projects

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?

I am a member of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) on campus which seeks to identify and empower community leaders located in the Global South who are agents of social change. I also have a part-time job as a supervisor at Georgia Tech's Campus Recreation Center. I also participated in Georgia Tech's Summer Ignite Program as a first year.

What do you like best about your major?

International Affairs at Georgia Tech is unparalleled in the perspectives and opportunities that it affords its students. Not only are classes conducive to in-depth discussion and true critical thinking, they also recognize the value of technology and innovation within the context of the global stage. I believe that this intersection offers students the knowledge and skills critical for our constantly-changing global landscape.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech goes beyond the classroom in its preparation of students through an education that is both relevant and adaptable. I know that my studies at a STEM institution will be applicable to complex issues and will provide a significant foundation for creating innovative solutions. I believe that this academic experience is truly unique to the Ivan Allen College.

Have questions for Kate Cullen? Contact Chandler.

Halime Benzer

INTA International Affairs | 2nd Year | Northview High School

In what activities are you involved?

Habitat for Humanity

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?

I was a management intern at Aviva Atlanta, which is a store that sells custom clothing design supplies. We sell all sorts of clothing and also design sheets (called vinyls) for printing and pressing designs on clothing. During my experience there, I was fortunate to learn the custom design process and occasionally design clothing for myself, family and friends. I also interned with the American Turkic Business Council in high school, and helped organize networking events such as Business Luncheons, Congressional Talk Series, Business Forums, CEO Speaker Series, and Annual Dinners. Coordinating these events allowed me to grow my networking skills and encouraged me to learn more about the topics discussed, such as business of real estate and construction. Additionally, during high school, I interned at an immigration law office in Houston with Lawyer Kamran Makhdoom. For a month, I interned with Mr. Kamran Makhdoom, an immigration lawyer in Houston, and conducted research on relevant legal articles that would aid in establishing stronger cases. I gathered and organized evidence and legal documents for attorney review and case preparation, while also attending client appointments taking notes for future references. I organized a book drive with the African Library Project, which is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote literacy in Africa and work towards ending poverty. I was given the opportunity to help start a library at Nswaswa Primary School in Malawi, a southeastern country in Africa. I was able to collect nearly 1,500 preschool-middle school level books from individuals in Georgia during the course of 4 months. Fulton County featured our project’s success on their News to Know for the Week of December 9-12, 2019 article.

What do you like best about your major?

I love how INTA just immerses a student into the way the world works, and it provides the tools necessary to a student who is eager to bring change. Most importantly, it shows how intertwined global relations are, and reminds us that each action impacts a nation or more. I really enjoy learning about key foundations that impact our relations among nations and how we can use those foundations in positive ways to make sure nations thrive.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

I love how Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech provides so many fascinating career pathways for students in the program. There is a diverse student body who utilizes the advancement in technology and the beauty of academia in the studies of literature, philosophy, and humanities, while also studying at a tier-1 research institute. Advisors and professors are always open to guiding students in the right direction, whether it be for academic or professional reasons. I enjoy being immersed in class discussions that are articulated around different core areas, such as INTA 2040 which combines biases and ethical standpoints of the use of technology and its correlation with international affairs. Classes at IAC introduce students to new ways of perceiving the world around them, while also helping them find solutions for modern issues surrounding the global and local arena. I admire the tight knit community we have at the IAC and how it is possible to have great relationships not only with our fellow class mates, but also our faculty who do their best to guide us to the career pathway we aspire to be a part of. Additionally, our college does an amazing job at not only immersing students in Greater Atlanta area companies and start ups, but it also goes further to make sure we have the chance to obtain international experience by providing study abroad, internship, and exchange program options around the world. Liberal arts at Tech is truly a haven for challenge-seekers who are passionate to make a positive change in the world. Being around students who are diverse and openminded allows each member of our community (including myself) to develop amazing relationships and thoughtful discussions about current topics and much more.

Have questions for Kate Cullen? Contact Halime Benzer.