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Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
2017
Home Institution: 
Robert Morris University
Heinz Programming Area: 
Economic Opportunity
Study Abroad Country: 
Germany
International Experience

Laurel Murray spent 8 weeks in Berlin, Germany interning at AtomLeap, a company focused on Startup Business Intelligence and Startup Acceleration specifically for high tech startups looking to build a more sustainable future. While interning, she worked on the financial side of helping startups apply for funding, find investors, and working directly with the founders in regard to helping them fully understand how to financially run their business. Laurel was immersed in a German city unlike any other; Berlin’s beautiful diversity and political hub exposed her to more cultures than she ever could have imagined, along with learning how the German government works in contrast to America’s. In her free time, Laurel volunteered at refugee camps and enjoyed exploring all of the incredibly diverse neighborhoods in Berlin. On the weekends, she enjoyed traveling to Poland, Switzerland, Netherlands, and various areas all over Germany. One of her goals while traveling was to observe and experience the kind of pressures Berlin women feel in the workplace in contrast to women in America. Thanks to working directly in a company, and having a wonderful women boss, Laurel was able to accomplish her goal. Upon her return, she looks forward to giving back to the Vira I. Heinz Program, doing her part in helping women to feel comfortable, accepted, and heard in the workplace, and applying her new-found knowledge of economic development to her studies and future adventures. 

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