Research Assistant, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program
Andrew Herrmann is a research assistant for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the United States Studies Centre.
What is your educational background?
I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2017, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) with an Extended Major in International Relations, and Minor in Spanish. Throughout my studies I dabbled in a diverse spread of topic areas, before ultimately penning a thesis on the drivers and progress of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. I’ve always been fascinated by history, and having had my eyes opened to world affairs by overseas travel it made sense to study International Relations. As for Spanish, I’ve always enjoyed learning languages, and proficiency in a global language has proved a useful skill.
What have you been working on in your time here at the USSC?
Whilst interning at the USSC I’ve been able to utilise the research, analysis and writing skills that I developed at university. However, much of the content of the work I’ve been doing is new territory for me. So far I’ve engaged with a range of topics broadly within the innovation and entrepreneurship space: AgTech, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and the effects of automation on policymaking and the future of work. It was definitely a challenge to dive into these new areas, but I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to expand my knowledge-base, and gain a deeper understanding of how technology and the private sector influence and intersect with politics. Additionally, simply witnessing the work being done at the USSC has enriched my understanding of the United States, its politics and foreign policy.
What do you hope to do with your experience from the USSC?
After completing my time at the USSC I intend to return to university – either to commence a Law Degree, or to undertake postgraduate study in the United States. Beyond that, I aim to keep building on the research and writing skills that I’ve been able to work on during my time at the USSC, stay engaged with US politics and foreign affairs more broadly, and see what career opportunities present themselves along the way.
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