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W&L Outcomes: Andrew Tartakovsky ’23 Andrew Tartakovsky ’23 received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Azerbaijan.

AndrewTartakovsky_sRGB-scaled-512x400 W&L Outcomes: Andrew Tartakovsky ’23

Post-Grad Plans: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Azerbaijan
Area of study: Politics, business administration

What will you be doing after graduation?
After graduating, I will be accepting a Fulbright grant to go to Baku, Azerbaijan and teach English for 10 months.

What internships or other summer experiences did you partake in and how did those experiences shape you and your career plans?
Thanks to the Washington Term program and Professor Alexander, I was able to intern in the House of Representatives. After the program, I was promoted to a full-time position for the remainder of the summer. This experience confirmed my desire to work in the political sphere in D.C. and inspired confidence that W&L has equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in that world.

Did you connect with alumni during your career development process?
My experience connecting with W&L alums on Capitol Hill was absolutely incredible. Everyone I spoke to was incredibly accessible, kind and full of invaluable knowledge. I interned alongside students from larger schools, and I watched as they had to email 10 of their alums to get just one response/meeting. Meanwhile, every single W&L alum would respond within a day, be overjoyed that I reached out, and give me as much time as they could to connect.

What career-related advice would you give to next year’s graduating class?
To next year’s graduating class: apply to fellowships! They’re a great opportunity to engage in incredible and unique experiences while having all your expenses covered (and a stipend on top). It gives you a year to figure out what you want to do and looks incredible on your resume. Dr. Loar is also an incredible resource.

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