Project proposals are accepted year-round, with work completed during the Fall and Spring Semesters. Submit by August 15 for consulting during Fall Semester or by December 15 for consulting in the following Spring Semester.
Organizations consulting with AYSC GSU benefit from the expertise of Andrew Young School faculty and research associates who direct teams of students pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master in Public Policy (MPP), Master of Science in Criminal Justice, or a Master of Social Work (MSW). Students earn credit for the project as a “capstone” to their graduate degrees while integrating knowledge acquired in courses in public and nonprofit management, public budgeting and financial management, public economics, administrative law, policy analysis, criminal justice, and social work. Students work and study in fields of program evaluation, urban planning, economic development, social policy, public health, education policy, environmental policy, community partnerships, and global affairs.
Consulting teams consist of two-four graduate students who are typically in the last year of their MPA/MPP/MS/MSW degrees. Each team is directed by a faculty advisor or research professional in one of the college’s research centers. Depending on the requirements of the project, teams work on- or off-site of the client organization for 10 weeks and follow a clearly defined scope of work. Deliverables vary by project but may include white papers, executive reports, strategic plans, survey instruments, evaluation plans, or other documents defined in the scope of work. All work is proprietary to the client.
Project work follows the fall and spring semester calendar. Project proposals may be submitted at any time, but they will only be reviewed in December and August. Projects that are not accepted in one semester may be evaluated for future semesters depending on the client’s timeline for the work.
Faculty review the project and refine its scope with the client.
Clients pitch projects to teams to be ranked for project assignments.
Teams work with the client to access resources needed for the project.
Teams present and deliver work to the clients.
Clients commit to supporting a consulting team by identifying a project liaison who facilitates access to people, data, and other resources need to complete the scope of work. Projects require:
- a clear definition of the problem or issue to be addressed;
- a scope that is achievable in 10 weeks, but not sooner;
- specified deliverables;
- a project fee of $1,000 paid in two installments at mid-term and upon completion of the project.
Unsuitable projects are those that ask for interns, administrative support work, or involve agencies without the capacity to appropriately support the project team’s efforts.
American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Atlanta Regional Commission
Central Atlanta Progress
Center for Civic Innovation
Center for the Visually Impaired
City of Atlanta, Office of City Planning
City of Atlanta, Office of Sustainability
City of Decatur, Office of the City Manger
City of Forest Park
Constitutional Officers’ Association of Georgia, Inc.
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Environmental Protection Agency
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Girls on the Run
Great Promise Partnership
Latin American Association
Office of the Fulton County District Attorney
Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
State of Georgia, Administrative Office of the Courts
Proposals may be submitted online at any time. However, work is completed during the Fall and Spring Semesters of the Georgia State University academic year.
Submit your proposal by August 15 for work to be completed during the Fall Semester (September-December).
Submit your proposal by December 15 for work to be completed during the Spring Semester (February-May).
The proposal asks the following questions:
- BRIEFLY describe your organization, including its mission and target population.
- Please describe the field(s) of your proposed project (e.g., education, finance, management).
- Please describe the issue or problem the project will address (ONE paragraph max).
- Why is this issue important to your organization?
- Describe the purpose and scope of the project. What specific activities do you expect the project team to complete (e.g., fiscal analysis, program evaluation, survey development)?
- Describe the deliverables that you envision from the project.
- Please list specific skills or qualifications that will be helpful for the project team to have in order to complete the project (e.g., knowledge of statistics, GIS, specific policy issues, etc.)
- Please list the latest date when the project needs to be completed.
If you have questions about the suitability of a project, please contact:
Cynthia S. Searcy
Assistant Dean for Academic Programs