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Alumni Spotlight – Hanover Recruiting at UPENN

Jack_visitUPENN: Jack Washington

In brief, what is your role at Hanover?

This past summer I worked as a Research Intern in Hanover’s K12 and Higher Education research practices. I compiled best practice, benchmarking, and other report types based on scholarly literature, in-depth expert interviews, and survey data. I recently accepted a full-time offer from Hanover for after graduation and in my new position as a Research Associate, I will return to the Education practice areas.

Why did you decide to work at Hanover?

When applying for an internship last year, I initially focused on Hanover because of my interest in manufacturing research, a component of Hanover’s Enterprise practice area. However, I made my final decision based on multiple factors such as its excellent location right outside of Washington, D.C., and the positive interactions I had with employees during my interviews. I decided to come back after graduation for a full-time position because of the impact my experience at Hanover had on my academic and work interests. As a result of my experiences at Hanover, I pursued independent research on Philadelphia’s charter schools for a senior thesis, and I am currently preparing to submit my study for potential publication in an education journal.

In your opinion, what sets Hanover apart from other organizations?

Unlike many other information services firms, Hanover is a small-mid sized company of approximately 300 people. This small size enabled me to feel like a part of a community instead of just part of an office. I had regular interactions with the same group of people, with whom I developed positive working relationships as my internship progressed. Whenever I was stuck on a particularly thorny problem, I was able to reach out to coworkers (even if they were not assigned to the same project) and find an efficient solution. Along those lines, management is very engaged in day-to-day operations and supervisors are always available to respond to questions and concerns.

Why should graduates at your alma mater be interested in working at Hanover?

Working at Hanover is an excellent way for those with more qualitative skills to get started in the working world in a meaningful way. Researchers will broaden their interviewing and writing skills and will also build quantitative skills. Most importantly, researchers gain experience creating a valuable product for which clients are willing to pay.

What is your favorite part of your job/the company?

Employee age-wise, Hanover is a young company. I recall during my initial interviews that the average Research Associate is under the age of 30. As a result, I felt more at home in the office, like I was working among peers as well as professionals. Additionally, working with people closer to my age made for a built in social group with whom I could engage after work, whether that was at happy hours or intramural sports events.

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