Sholpan Arzhan (SPP, Kazakhstan)

Tell us about yourself.

I graduated from Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, majoring in Economics. I started engaging in “Feminist Talks” and organizing similar discussions at my university. Upon graduation, I was hired as an administrative assistant at a Gender Economics Research Center in Almaty where I improved my organizational and managerial skills. Now I’m developing my data analysis and writing skills to design evidence-based policy in relation to gender, economics and human rights.

Why do you enjoy participating in CEU’s Student Recruitment Internship Program?

It’s an opportunity to expand your administrative and human resources-related skills.

Why would you recommend CEU to a prospective student?

CEU is a small institution with high academic quality. I would recommend it to anyone who cares about world affairs and wants to strengthen both their academic and professional capabilities to be competitive on the job market in the future.

What makes CEU special for you?

CEU is special to me because here I’ve learned that every person’s voice matters and that their experience will add a crucial element to policy-making. In other words, I’ve truly started to appreciate diversity while studying here.