Tyler "TJ" Kaplan, a fourth year undergraduate student in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts School of Public Policy, has been awarded the Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship.
The fellowship consists of a $5,000 grant and a full-time, eight week public policy internship in Washington, DC with a high-tech company, firm or trade association, and weekly issues seminars hosted by Tisdale sponsors.
"I hope to gain an in depth understanding of how the lobbying process works in Washington, D.C. and establish a strong network of contacts there so that I can go back and work as a lobbyist after I graduate," said Kaplan.
From Marietta, Georgia, Kaplan, has previously held internships in the U.S. Congress, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the Georgia State Senate. His academic focus is in philosophy of science and policy analysis, with a particular interest in government relations.
"My passion is for the legislative process and how that works from both the government perspective and from the private interest perspective," he said.
This fall, Kaplan will begin Master's studies in the Public Policy program focusing on science and technology policy.
Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts is recognized nationally and internationally for teaching and research examining the human context of engineering, science, and technology. The College is comprised of six schools - Economics; History, Technology, and Society; The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs; Literature, Communication, and Culture; Modern Languages; Public Policy; and Georgia Tech's Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC units - and offers ten Bachelor's of Science, six master's, and six doctoral degrees. Students are prepared for professional leadership in government, business, public policy, international affairs, law, technology, and new media. Founded in 1990, the College is named in honor of former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. (1911-2003).