Public Policy (PUBP)

This program combines political, social, economic, and ethical approaches with practical problem solving in a technology-infused way.

Ambassadors

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Addison Dascher

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in International Affairs | 2nd Year | Lakeside High School

In what activities are you involved?

SGA (Government Relations Committee), social sorority (Philanthropy Committee), School of Public Policy Undergraduate Committee, GUIDE member

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

I currently work as an 8th-grade teacher at my Temple in Midtown, and have previously worked as a hostess at a local restaurant. I interned for the Stacey Abrams gubernatorial campaign and currently do research for Dr. Bullinger on child maltreatment rates during COVID-19.

What do you like best about your major?

Majoring in Public Policy is one of the best decisions I've ever made. The curriculum provides you with the tools to take action and delve into fields like law, government, and nonprofit work. The unique Capstone Project completed your senior year and remarkable 5-year Masters/Bachelors degree program are just elements of what makes this major so special.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech? 

Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech is such a unique program that I feel very passionate about advancing. It offers so many more interesting and different learning opportunities than the traditional liberal arts college, and integrates technology and other STEM fields expertly within the curriculum. The opportunities Atlanta offers Liberal Arts students are also such a bonus here at Tech; from the Capitol down the street to Turner Broadcasting and CNN around the corner, it's truly a place to thrive.

Have questions for Addison Dascher? Contact Addie.

Andrew McGraw

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in Sustainable Cities | 3rd Year | Wayne County High School

In what activities are you involved?

Current: Omicron Delta Kappa (Treasurer), Living Learning Communities Council (Director), iGniTe Advisory Board (Director of Administration), National Residence Hall Honorary (VP of Service and Recognition), Ivan Allen Ambassador (Community Engagement Chair), Circle K, Student Alumni Association, Students Organizing for Sustainability

Past: Residence Hall Association (Meetings Chair; Events Chair), Student Housing Ambassadors (Executive Cabinet), Georgia Tech Marching Band (Member)

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

Internship: Fall 2020: Lead Generation Manager for Civic Dinners; Summer 2020: Social Media Manager for Civic Dinners; Fall 2019-Spring 2020: Office Administrator and Student Outreach Coordinator for IAC Study Abroad: Sustainable Development and Climate Change Program in Venice, Italy Research: Ivan Allen College Freshmen Research Intern Program Academic: iGniTe Summer First-Year; Global Leadership Living Learning Alum

What do you like best about your major?

Public Policy at Georgia Tech has really taken on it's own definition. Here, we focus more on the processes that makes politics happen rather than the political system itself. This allows Public Policy students to branch off into tons of different career fields and interests, solving problems in a multitude of different areas. And because Public Policy at Tech is so relatively small, students have the ability to network with professors and other students to understand these different interest areas.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech is the perfect crossroads between the social sciences and STEM. Ivan Allen provides it's students with the scientific background necessary in today's careers, while exposing them to the specific liberal arts concepts needed to succeed. Ivan Allen students also retain the small-college feel with smaller class sizes and faculty to student ratios, while still receiving access to all resources of a large research university.

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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.

Josette Vanderlaan

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in International Affairs | 4th Year | DeKalb School of the Arts

In what activities are you involved?

VoterTech

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

I've interned at the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs - Welcoming Atlanta as well as Migrant Legal Aid of West Michigan. I'm currently working at ATLCounts Census 2020.

What do you like best about your major?

Public Policy is the best way to make the biggest positive impact on my community. Everyone in my major is studying it because they want to help others. Everyone in Public Policy is passionate about serving their community. Policy majors are great problem solvers too!

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Being at a STEM focused university has given me unique opportunities. For example, I'm in a multi-disciplinary class where we're working to improve voter turnout of college students. The combination of computer science and public policy students has made us a more effective and well-rounded team.

Have questions for Josette Vanderlaan? Contact Josette.

Caleb Torres

PUBP Public Policy |  Concentration in Politics and Policy and Environmental Policy | 2nd Year | Lakeside High School

In what activities are you involved?
Student Government Association, Parking and Transportation Action Committee, Campus Safety Advisory Board, BIIC Committee

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?
Fall 2018 - Intern for the Anti-Defamation League, Spring 2019 - Intern for the Georgia Senate Press Office

What do you like best about your major?
My favorite thing about PUBP is the emphasis on real-world experience through a focus on internships and research opportunities. This builds your resume and makes you more marketable to employers after graduation.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the close-knit community of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. With smaller class sizes and a higher student-to-faculty ratio, you get more opportunities to connect with your classmates and professors.

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Lydia Wiederholt

PUBP Public Policy | Minor in French | Concentration in Politics and Social Policy | 2nd Year | Lakeside High School

In what activities are you involved?

WREK Radio, First-year Leadership Organization (FLI), Greek Life

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

VoterTech Vertically Integrated Project (VIP)

What do you like best about your major?

I love how passionate all of my fellow Public Policy majors are here at Georgia Tech. I have met some of the most driven and friendly students in my classes, and their enthusiasm for tackling tough policy issues inspires me on a daily basis.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?

Ivan Allen College provides a unique opportunity to reap the benefits of a large research-focused STEM institution with amazing facilities and an innovative environment while also enjoying small class sizes and close relationships with professors. Always seeing friendly faces in class and having professors know you by name contributes to the tight-knit environment in Ivan Allen.

Have questions for Lydia Wiederholt? Contact Lydia.

Skyler Edwards

PUBP Public Policy |  Concentration in Environmental and Energy, Social and Urban Policy | 2nd Year | Atlanta Girls' School

In what activities are you involved?
WREK Radio, Women's Book Club at Georgia Tech, Students Organizing for Sustainability

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?Communications Internship at CDC, Patagonia VIP

What do you like best about your major?                                                                                                                                            I like that Public Policy allows me to explore the world issues that I am most passionate about. I can take classes about the environment, women's issues, public health and more, and learn what I want to focus on in the future.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?
I love the interesting classes Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech offer, such as Russian History or Environmental Humanities in Latin America. I love the small community, and I love that we occupy some of the most historic buildings on campus.

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Archa Amin

PUBP Public Policy | 2nd Year | Parkview High School

In what activities are you involved?                                                                                                                                       Currently, I serve as a regional co-coordinator on the BAPS Southeast Development Committee planning and designing year-round events for the youth. I am a member of the Ivan Allen Student Advisory Board that aims to fulfill its mission of contributing diverse ideas and perspectives on matters that impact the undergraduate student body. I am also an advisor on the Georgia Tech Honor Advisory Council that spreads and promotes the message of academic integrity within the campus community. I am a part of the Technique, the Georgia Tech newsletter. Lastly, I am a part of the IAC Student Ambassadors Program.

What internship, job, research, study abroad, or other academic experiences do you have?                                                                   I was a student intern at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the guidance of a health communication specialist. I participated in a VolunTEEN Program at Emory Healthcare assisting pharmacists in dispensing medicine and directing patients to and from the rehabilitation center. I attended a week-long creative writing certification program at Savannah College of Art and Design to apprehend various styles of writing. Last but not least, I actively worked with the Gwinnett County School Board panel in decreasing the number of standardized tests administered to seniors in one year. Currently, I am interning at a real estate firm that assists clients in administrative work of real estate purchases and closings.

What do you like best about your major?                                                                                                                                            I have always had an interest in making things better for my community and our country, but I want to focus on taking this ambition to the highest level possible. I want to make this ambition my career. This is why I chose public policy. Public policy influences all facets of our lives including health, finances, transportation, education, recreation, the environment and safety. It further influences the quality of our lives. On another note, it can be very rewarding, since you are working with issues and policies that can have great impact on improving the lives of people. I greatly admire this aspect of my major because public policy, on a broad lens, never grows weary of addressing issues that I, or others, associate with on a daily basis.

What do you love about liberal arts at Georgia Tech?                                                                                                                 I admire the multi-faceted liberal arts education at Georgia Tech because it includes core classes in many areas of study, like math, science, literature, and even fine arts. Taking a variety of classes from Political Processes to Research Methods, and classes not just within my specific major has helped me find other topics that I am interested in. These classes have prompted me to take up new hobbies, learn new things, and even change the direction of my studies altogether. Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech provided me multiple viewpoints and allowed for educational opportunities that cannot be obtained from the trade or technical schools. Its interdisciplinary studies, internships, study abroad, and other opportunities that go into shaping Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech as a whole, adds depth to my overall college experience. Lastly, I cherish the close-knit interactions that I have with faculty members and students. The network that I have established during my time at Ivan Allen allowed me to be immersed into a diverse community where each member has a different way of perceiving the world. Therefore, I have created long-lasting friendships that continue to grow my character and add valuable meaning to the discussions and thoughts I have with peers and the community.

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