Career Advancement Center
Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and J. Mack Robinson College of Business have partnered to produced Panthers in the District, a signature program that immerses students in our nation’s capital.
This unique experience positions participants to compete for internships and full-time jobs in Washington, D.C., provide area employers access to top talent from one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States, and connect students with Georgia State’s alumni in the D.C. area.
The program highlight is a 4-day trip to Washington, D.C. The 2018 cohort experienced excursions to Congressional offices and the U.S. Congress in session. Students also strolled down K Street to the offices of major trade and lobbying associations and engaged with members of noted think tanks, such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Tax Foundation. Finally, the cohort had a chance to attend regulatory agency public meetings and hearings, such as those held by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The 2019 cohort is anticipated to have a similar experience.
All undergraduate and graduate students from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and Robinson College of Business are eligible to apply.
Panthers in the District specifically seeks candidates in the following areas of study:
- juniors, seniors and first-year master’s in accounting and taxation
- juniors, seniors and first-year master’s in public policy and public administration
- Budget for professional meetings attire
- $150 commitment fee, plus airfare
- Incidentals on the trip
Students from a variety of disciplines will engage in activities to prepare them and sharpen their professional awareness and career discernment in order to maximize this immersive and experiential opportunity through required meetings.
The four-day trip is scheduled for October 2019.
How to Apply
We expect to select 18 finalists through a competitive application and selection process.
Applications for 2019 are open.
Sharry Anderson Conroy
associate director, Career Advancement Center
assistant dean for strategic partnerships and career advancement
The program will include visits as a group and separate tracks for each discipline to dive deeply into different areas of interest.
Example of the Accounting and Tax track:
- visit national tax offices of major accounting firms
- engage with members of noted think tanks and trade associations
- observe accounting and tax oversight hearings
- learn how to navigate the legislative and regulatory environment
- learn how to become engaged in the policy process to better serve clients and to positively influence the direction of new laws and regulations as members of the accounting profession
Example of the economics, public policy, and public and nonprofit administration track:
- visit several government agencies, nonpartisan think tanks and nonprofit policy groups
Possible site visits include:
- Congressional Budget Office
- National Conference of State Legislatures
- Government Accountability Office
- Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
- Pew Charitable Trusts
- Greater Washington Urban League
- National Association of Counties