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

AT&T

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

SignatureFD

SK Collaborative

Southern Company

Synchronicity Theatre - Project 1 - Arts Administration

Synchronicity Theatre - Project 2 - Arts Journalism

Tapestri

The Task Force for Global Health

Turknett Leadership Group - Project 1 - Youth Leadership

Turknett Leadership Group - Project 2 - Young Adult Leadership

UPS

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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