#WeAreElliott: Yagiz Sullu

Blog_ #WAE Sullu

Yagiz Sullu is a first-year graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in international affairs with a focus on development and the region of Europe/Eurasia. He finished his undergraduate education at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies majoring in International Relations with a focus on Foreign Policy, Security Studies, and Europe. He is currently interning at the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy as a research assistant intern and conducting research and policy analysis on Turkish Foreign policy. His primary research interests are Turkish and Russian politics, NATO’s security issues and international business. He likes to meet people from different cultures and willing to visit all the countries in Europe one day.

When did you realize you wanted an international career?

As I started observing the political events in my country and how the government interacted with the international community I decided to pursue an international career to represent my country and interact with people from many nationalities to hear their diverse thoughts and ideas. As I started building my career, I had a chance to meet many people from different countries and their experiences made me realize an issue in one country has an effect on the vast majority of countries. This lead me to engage in global affairs to delve into these issues to make a contribution to the peace and prosperity of the international community.

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

 I currently intern at the Washington Institute for the Near East Policy as a research assistant intern in the Turkish Research Program. Working here is an excellent opportunity for me to represent Turkey and contribute to research and policy-making on Turkey’s relations with the U.S and the Middle East. As I conduct research about Turkish foreign policy, I’m gaining more experience in negotiation and diplomacy. I believe internship experience here would better prepare me for a career in an international organization representing my country. 

What tools/strategies have proved most helpful in making the most of your time at the Elliott School?

Getting involved is the most helpful strategy to make the most of your time at the Elliott School. Career Café networking events and professional panels are really useful to build strong networks and hear different perspectives about particular international issues. As all students are pursuing international relations based careers in here, getting involved in many events would prosper key communication skills and build a strong vision.

What advice do you have for students for staying motivated at work or in class?

Thinking of how the Elliott School is dedicated to building leaders for the world is what students should think of as they are getting a world-class education in such a reputable institution. They are getting ready for particular global challenges and preparing to tackle them successfully to make a difference.

 Favorite place to unwind on the weekend?

 Georgetown waterfront, watching the Potomac River and drinking coffee.

The #WeAreElliott series highlights current Elliott School graduate students and seeks to answer common questions posed by prospective, current, and incoming students. The views expressed by students profiled do not necessarily represent those of organizations they work for, are affiliated with, or the Elliott School of International Affairs. For more information or to submit questions, e-mail esiagrad@gwu.edu.