#WeAreElliott: Aarthy Madanagopal

Blog_ #WAE Madanagopal

Where do you currently work, intern or volunteer, and how does it fit in with your career goals?

Currently, I’m just enjoying my student life at GW. But I took the freeman fellowship and spent the 2017 summer in Indonesia. I worked with Planet Indonesia, an NGO working at grassroots with the local community trying to create a conservation-compact to protect the forest areas by incentivizing the local people with other alternates.

What classes/professional skills courses have you found most helpful in your work/intern/volunteer experiences and how have they been useful?

Public speaking, gender analysis, cross-cultural communication and negotiation skills.

What advice do you have for first-year students who are starting their internship/work experience search?

Go with fewer expectations, be prepared for the cultural shock, try to empathize and not sympathize, pay attention to what matters to the place and people you work with rather than your prioritization.

If you had to rewatch the same 3 shows for the rest of your life, which would they be?

Criminal Minds, Master of None, and Friends.

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