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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 three 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 2023

  • AT&T
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens/Southeastern Center for Conservation
  • Atlanta History Center
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • Atlanta Preservation Center
  • Atlanta Regional Commission
  • BlackRock Financial
  • British Consulate General - Atlanta
  • City of Atlanta- Atlanta City Council
  • Consulate General of Switzerland-Atlanta
  • Day League
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Fox Legal
  • The Friends School of Atlanta
  • Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
  • Georgia Interfaith Power and Light
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce South
  • Jackson Spalding
  • Mercedes Benz USA
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • New American Pathways
  • Operation HOPE
  • Porsche Cars of North America
  • Science ATL
  • Signature FD
  • Southeastern Center for Conservation
  • Tapestri Inc.
  • The Task Force for Global Health
  • Turknett Leadership Group
  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
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