MSc International Public Policy, 2009–2010
Natasha Schou, MSc International Public Policy, 2009–2010.
A few weeks after I handed in my dissertation, I started an internship at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) on Whitehall. It was exciting to work at such a prestigious defence think-tank at a time when David Petraeus came to give a speech at our office and the government was just about to announce its Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) plans.
In January 2011, after a brief stint working at an FMCG research company, three months and four interviews later, I started working for the Economist Intelligence Unit on the Asia team. So far it has been incredibly challenging but also fascinating. Having worked at an Indonesian newspaper for a year and interning at the BBC and Reuters during my BA, I was somewhat prepared for a fast-paced editorial environment. But in recent weeks we have been challenged by the sudden and devastating earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan, carrying practical and profound implications for our clients, who run the gamut from governments to multinational corporations and think-tanks.
Working for the EIU has so far been intellectually stimulating. The Economist Group adheres to a philosophy based on the magazine’s founding principles: to take part in a “severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.” I’ll be forever grateful to SPP and my classmates for helping me to develop this crucial skill.