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Ayres, Ben

Ayres, Ben

DC Semester: Spring 2013, Fall 2012
School: UGA School of Public and International Affairs
Type of Internship: Congressional Office, Lobbying/Public Affairs

I am currently a legislative correspondent for Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and have been in the senator’s official office since January 2015. In this capacity, I cover agriculture, energy, natural resources, forestry, and environment issues.

Before this role, I served as Senator Perdue’s Metro Atlanta field representative and worked on Senator Perdue’s campaign as the deputy state field director. I also have experience in the United States House of Representatives, higher education government relations, and political fundraising.

Davis, Laura

Davis, Laura

DC Semester: Spring 2013
School: UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, UGA School of Public and International Affairs
Type of Internship: Congressional Office

As a dyed-in-the-wool Athenian, the choice to attend UGA was easy. I initially started my academic career as a journalism major with hopes of becoming a war correspondent. One semester in, and the discovery of the International Affairs major changed all of that.

Academically, I am intrigued by security puzzles, war-fighting tactics, and national security intelligence, and have been the most influenced by Dr. Loch K. Johnson. I also wrote my senior thesis for my history degree on the social effects of the Baader-Meinhof Group in West Germany.

When not explaining why insurgencies occur, I am an avid runner and weight trainer, with aspirations to qualify for the Boston Marathon before I turn 30.

Derajtys, Nick

Derajtys, Nick

DC Semester: Spring 2013
School: UGA School of Public and International Affairs
Type of Internship: Think Tank

I grew up in Milton, GA and attended the University of Georgia for my undergraduate studies. After earning bachelor’s degrees in political science and international affairs, I enrolled in the University of Georgia’s Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program. I am currently a graduate student in this program while also working as campaign manager for Dr. Jody Hice’s congressional campaign.

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