Project proposals are accepted year-round, with work completed during the Fall and Spring Semesters. Submit by August 1 for consulting during Fall Semester or by December 1 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 three to five 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 reviews the project and refines its scope with the client.
Project proposals are shared with students to be ranked for team assignments based on interest and skillset.
Teams work with the client to access resources needed for the project.
Teams present and deliver work to the clients.
A project fee of $1000 is paid by the client upon completion of the project.
Clients commit to supporting a consulting team by identifying a project liaison who facilitates access to people, data, and other resources needed 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 by the client upon completion of the project. Some projects may require higher fees if the scope of work requires more manpower or resources to complete in ten weeks.
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 Beltline Partnership
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
Atlanta Humane Society
Atlanta Legal Aid
Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Regional Commission
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative
Central Atlanta Progress
Center for Civic Innovation
Center for the Visually Impaired
City of Alpharetta, Department of Public Safety
City of Atlanta, Office of City Planning
City of Atlanta, Office of Revenue
City of Atlanta, Office of Sustainability
City of Atlanta, Police Department
City of Atlanta, Smart Cities Initiative
City of Decatur, Office of the City Manager
City of Forest Park
City of Peachtree Corners
City of South Fulton
Cobb County, Purchasing Department
Common Good Atlanta
Constitutional Officers’ Association of Georgia, Inc.
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
The Drake House
Environmental Protection Agency
Food Security of America
Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
Fulton County District Attorney, Conviction Integrity Unit
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
Georgia Municipal Association
Girls on the Run
International Rescue Committee
Latin American Association
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
State of Georgia, Administrative Office of the Courts
State of Georgia, Department of Behavior Health and Development Disabilities
State of Georgia, Department of Community Affairs
State of Georgia, Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget
United Way of Greater Atlanta
US Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia
Great Promise Partnership
Proposals may be submitted by email to Dr. Joseph Hacker ([email protected]) 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 1 for work to be completed during the Fall Semester (September-December).
Submit your proposal by December 1 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).
- What about this issue is 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 recommended skills or qualifications that team members have to complete the project (e.g., data analysis, GIS, policy analysis).