Sophomore Class Atlanta Leadership Experience (SCALE)

In your first year, you went on a Global Journey. In your second, you’ll discover a world of potential in your own backyard.

During Peak Week, all second-year students (sophomores) form teams and work with one of our incredible community partners — corporations and nonprofit organizations across the Atlanta area — for a weeklong externship.

SCALE offers an opportunity to practice both leadership skills and career-readiness.

You’ll select an organization related to your major and career interests. You and the other members of your SCALE team will spend three days preparing with a faculty member. You’ll take what you learned in your first-year Leadership Development class and prepare to apply it to a real-world situation.

Then, you’ll spend four days in an on-site immersion with your partner organization. You’ll observe their leaders in action. You’ll also help analyze and assess specific organizational challenges or opportunities. You’ll creatively problem-solve and contribute to conversations and ideas.

After, you’ll spend a day debriefing with faculty. You’ll reflect on how to integrate what you’ve learned into your next steps, as a leader and as a professional, as you move forward to experiential internships and research within your major.

Partners and Projects

Atlanta gives us access to incredible partners for SCALE — from Fortune 500 companies to local nonprofits. Students are matched with their organizations based on their career interests and skillset.

You might observe day-to-day operations at AT&T, or become an arts administrator for a week at Synchronicity Theatre. You could help organize a maternal health fundraiser at the Atlanta Birth Center or help Zoo Atlanta craft its messaging about the importance of conserving biodiversity.

SCALE Placements 2022

Agape Youth & Family Center


Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Atlanta Legal Aid

Atlanta Shambhala Center

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation

Aurora Theatre

Autism Learning Partners

BlackRock - Project 1 - Climate Change and Sustainability - Technology and Innovation

BlackRock - Project 2 - Corporate Social Responsibility, Investment Stewardship and the Importance of Corporate Governance

BlackRock - Project 3 - Corporate Transformation and Leadership

Campus Community Partnership Foundation

Center for Disease Control

Childspring International

Decatur MLK Service Project Board - Project 1 - Marketing

Decatur MLK Service Project Board - Project 2 - Grant Writing

Enterprise Holdings

The Friends School of Atlanta

Georgia Interfaith Power and Light

Incentive Solutions | OneAffiniti - Project 1 - Marketing and Sales Operations

Incentive Solutions | OneAffiniti - Project 2 - Marketing Communications

Incentive Solutions | OneAffiniti - Project 3 - Marketing Campaigns

Incentive Solutions | OneAffiniti - Project 4 - Marketing Personas

Morehouse School of Medicine

New American Pathways

Operation Hope

Plywood People

Semaine Health


SK Collaborative

Southern Company

Synchronicity Theatre - Project 1 - Arts Administration

Synchronicity Theatre - Project 2 - Arts Journalism


The Task Force for Global Health

Turknett Leadership Group - Project 1 - Youth Leadership

Turknett Leadership Group - Project 2 - Young Adult Leadership


Zoo Atlanta

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