Leadership UGA

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What is Leadership UGA?

Leadership UGA is a selective program that provides students a unique opportunity to interact with leaders across the state of Georgia, while being able to learn about and support efforts to create positive change in the Athens community.

Participants meet monthly starting in September and continuing through April.  During the fall, program coordinators will work with you to secure an internship experience for the spring semester in Athens with either a local non-profit, local city government, or an on-campus office devoted to serving the community.

Each student is expected to intern 150 hours during the spring semester. Students can pursue course credit, which may require interning more hours and meeting additional requirements set by majors/areas of study.  Staff coordinating Leadership UGA will work with students, their academic departments, and internship sites to meet specific guidelines that a program requires in order to receive course credit.

Leadership UGA is made possible by the generous support of the Richard B. Russell Foundation.

Program Benefits

  • All expenses, including meals, travel, and lodging for off-campus experiences will be paid for by Leadership UGA. 
  • Meet and work alongside other UGA students who share similar interests and passions for learning about and making a positive impact in the local community.
  • Participate in meaningful opportunities to learn more about challenges and opportunities facing both Georgia and Athens, and how leaders are creating innovative solutions to address them throughout the state and locally.
  • Gain valuable real-world experience at a local non-profit, Athens city government, or an on-campus office and potentially earn course credit.
  • Support from program coordinators who will work with you to identify intern sites that meet your personal and professional goals during the fall semester.  During the spring semester, program coordinators will provide support as you participate in your internship.

How to Apply

Leadership UGA is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are in good standing and have completed at least one year of study at UGA and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

In order to apply, students must complete an online application during the spring semester, which includes a resume and contact information for a staff or faculty reference.  Approximately 25-30 students will be selected to participate.

Leadership UGA

Staff Contact



Jennifer Rentschler, Director