In brief, what is your role at Hanover?
I am a Grants Research Associate for Hanover’s Grants Development Center, working with Hanover’s higher education partners to find and apply for federal and foundation funding. I’m primarily responsible for finding grant programs and organizations that align well with a partner’s funding needs, and compiling the results of this research into deliverable reports. I also research and write literature reviews and best practice reports to inform project development at colleges and universities, which helps them increase their competitiveness for grant funding.
Why did you decide to work at Hanover?
I studied Public Policy at UChicago, and did policy research on a wide range of issues in my work throughout college. Coming to Hanover was a great opportunity to continue honing my writing and research skills, as well as to work with a company at a time of rapid growth and success.
In your opinion, what sets Hanover apart from other organizations?
I’m very impressed by the effort that Hanover puts into tailoring reports to a partner’s need. The teams of researchers here are incredibly good at their jobs, and a lot of work goes into making sure all partner needs are satisfied and exceeded. Each report is individually prepared by a researcher to be custom-fit to the research needed by the partner.
Why should graduates at your alma mater be interested in working at Hanover?
I think Hanover is a great fit for UChicago students because there is a great deal of autonomy in your work. Self-motivated and determined employees thrive here. Hanover trusts its researchers to work well independently while providing a strong support system if needed, which aligns well with the academic style UChicago students are accustomed to. You are allowed to have a great deal of responsibility and plenty of opportunities to advance from the time you start here.
What is your favorite part of your job/the company?
I love the people I work with on the Grants team. Everyone at the company is incredibly friendly and helpful, and the Grants team made a huge effort to make me feel welcome from the time I got here. We have game nights, happy hours, and bowling events, and it’s great to hang out with a lot of really smart and funny people. I’ve never felt like I couldn’t go to my boss with any questions or concerns I had, and everyone on my team, whether a fellow researcher or someone above me, is always approachable and available for questions or for a drink after work.