My name is Murat Alpa and I am currently a senior attending American University in Washington, DC and I grew up in the New York Metropolitan. I also have enrolled in King’s College London in the United Kingdom during the Fall semester of 2019. I am currently on track to graduate in the fall of 2020.
At American University, I am majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies which consists of the fields of Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government, while having a concentration in Economics; at King’s I was able to study more on economic policy as well as urban policy. During my time at AU, I was the Treasurer for American University’s Turkish Cultural Club as I handle the financial allocation of the club and work with the university to coordinate events for the club. I currently serve as both the Treasurer and Vice President for the club.
Since my first semester at American University, I have worked for the Eurasia Center and the Turkish Coalition of America, as a research assistant and intern respectively. At the Eurasia Center, I conducted research on Middle Eastern affairs, such as the high inflation rate on the Turkish lira. Additionally, I worked on gathering information for the organization in regard to finances and financial institutions throughout the Eurasia area, mainly by looking at monetary policy.
Since my second year at AU, I have been working with the Turkish Coalition of America and their outreach to the Turkish American community as well as to Congressional members. I have used software such as Quorum to gather information on Congressional members and their staffers in order for the organization to effectively reach out while creating a website for the organization’s first annual Turkish American Women Leadership Forum. Working for the Turkish Coalition of America has allowed me to realize how important community outreach is.
In the summer of 2019, I worked with Savino Del Bene, a logistics company based in Italy, as an International Operations Assistant. During my short time there, I was able to fundamentally change how ocean imports were processed in order to create an easier process for ocean import operators that handle shipments coming into New York. Due to this process, the company saved over $10,000 in overtime warehouse charges.
In the summer of 2020, while I was the Senior Intern for the Turkish Coalition of America, aiding the organization in their summer internship program, I was also the Assistant Securities Analyst for Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., researching on the foreign exchange markets and focusing on Congressional action on companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.
If you’d like to see my resume, please click the following: Murat Alpa’s Resume