Alumni Spotlight: Atul Menon

1. What are you doing now?

I am currently in my final year of graduate school.

2. If working, where are you working and what is your job title? Location?  (e.g. city if not in Doha)


3. If in graduate school, what degree are you working on? School? Location?

I am pursuing the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I am majoring in Global Business and Finance.

4. If you’ve already earned a graduate or professional degree, what did you study? School? Location?


5. How long did it take you to find your first paid job?  Where was it?  How did you stay motivated?


6. Looking back, what were some of your “takeaways” from your GU-Q experience?

The experience at GUQ shaped my life. The diversity of the student body was unparalleled. I was also lucky to be on university trips to Timor-Leste, Vietnam, US-Mexico border and Florida.

7. What advice would you give to current undergraduates who may want to follow in your footsteps?

I advise undergraduates to take initiative and seize opportunities. I strongly believe that you have to make things happen for yourself; they do not automatically come to you. I would also advise students to look and think beyond the immediate Education City world (which is great!). Try to intern off-campus even if it's unpaid!

8. What are some of your proudest achievements so far?  Future plans?

Academically, I am proud to be studying and interacting with people from different walks of life. Being the youngest student in my program, I am privileged to rub shoulders with far more experienced individuals. Professionally, I have had some great experiences: I have worked at the World Bank and the Milken Institute this past summer. Currently, I am interning at the US Chamber of Commerce. At the same time, I am one of the lead musicians at a performing arts company based in DC.