In brief, what is your role at Hanover?
I’m a Grants Research Associate. Hanover is a market research firm, but in my department, all the clients are nonprofit organizations – community colleges, hospitals, and NGOs. Because of this, a lot of our research focuses on keeping these organizations funded through grants from foundations and governments. However, we also do best practices reports, profiles of other organizations, and some quantitative data analysis.
Why did you decide to work at Hanover?
My background is in performing arts nonprofits, which remain my passion. My job puts me in a position to learn more about how different kinds of nonprofits operate, which is knowledge I can employ later in my career.
In your opinion, what sets Hanover apart from other organizations?
I remember during my first in-person interview, my future managers gave me a few different examples of career paths at Hanover and asked me which seemed more appealing. That’s pretty illustrative of Hanover’s investment in the aspirations and well-being of employees, which is especially nice for new graduates. They look at your resume and, when they can, send you projects they think you might find particularly interesting.
Why should graduates at your alma mater be interested in working at Hanover?
It’s a big school, so I can’t speak for everyone, but I think GW’s liberal arts programs emphasize the ability to research efficiently and write well. The Elliott School taught me how to connect the dots through extremely broad and occasionally dense swaths of information, which has definitely come in handy here.
What is your favorite part of your job/the company?
The intellectual curiosity of the research staff. Everyone’s always learning random facts in the course of their research and talking about them – never a boring conversation.
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