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.

Recent SCALE Placements

Atlanta Birth Center
Atlanta Music Project
Campus Community Partner Foundation
Decatur Housing Authority
Fernbank Science Center
Girls Going Global
Love E Fashion
Morehouse School of Medicine
New American Pathways
Partnership for Southern Equity
Refugee Women's Network, Inc.
Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
Stanley Black and Decker
Synchronicity Theatre
The Friends School of Atlanta
The Lola
Wayfinders LLC
Zoo Atlanta

Featured SCALE Projects

Atlanta Dream

The Business of Sports

Students get ready to participate in an internship with Syncronicity Theatre.

Syncronicity Theatre

Arts Administrator for a Week

A student conducts an interview during an internship with Black and Decker.

Stanley Black and Decker

From Idea to Product: Corporate Manufacturing

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