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SP Spotlight: Research Associates 2017

This summer, we were joined by two research associates, Asha and Cody. Asha has been with SP Consulting since September 2016 working primarily with the client services team. She has since adopted a dual role also working with Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). Cody recently graduated from Auburn University and joins us all the way from Alabama. Get to know Asha and Cody more in the interviews below!

 

Asha Roper
Research Associate

1. Where did you go to college?
I attended University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 

2. What did you study?
I studied Mass Media Communications Studies with Minors in Journalism and International Studies.

 

3. Were you involved with any extra-curricular activities?
I ran track at UNC Charlotte for my first two years of college. After that experience, I knew that i wanted something new and different to experience in my life at the time so i made the decision to do study abroad in Milan, Italy in 2013. Since then it has been one of the best experiences of my life.

 

4. Why did you want to work with SP?
I actually heard about SP through a family member and got a connection to work there through a mutual friend and it has been such a great company to be a part of. I always like the idea of helping people and we do not do it in the general sense that one might think about but we extend ourselves to clients and are able to assist with the needs and goals of what our clients are looking for. And in that way we are helping people, companies, and organizations on a different level.

 

5. What are your main responsibilities at SP?
I am research associate for the executive team at SP. I also assist with work (JAG) and I  am currently working on the fundraising JAG and workforce development in foreign countries.

 

6. What is your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is communication and being able to make personable connections with the people I work with as well as work for. I think it’s important to make this type of connection with someone whether it’s your boss or a client, in order to deliver their needs for a project or event. Being able to understand someone and they’re goals, not only makes the job easier but you have a sense of what to do or how to go about solving a problem, if that occurs.

 

7. How do you think your internship with SP will help you in your career?
I started at SP Consulting almost a year ago and I have learned so much about the company as well as myself. This position is definitely different from any work that I have done before because it deals heavily on the business aspect of a company and learning about this field has definitely intrigued my learning and knowledge for a future career in business.

 

8. What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to stay active as much as I can. I used to run with the Nike Run Club in Washington D.C. in the spring and I’m currently involved in a softball league with a nonprofit team that plays other non-profits throughout the District. I also love camping, reading, and swimming. This is something that many people do not know about me but i love to crochet. I am currently working on some tops and a blanket.

 

9. Do you have any plans this summer?
At the end of May into early June, I went back to Milan after four years which was a very different experience from the time i spent while studying abroad. I was there for about two weeks and also had the opportunity to visit Ibiza, Spain. At the end of the summer in mid-August i will be in my cousin’s wedding that will take place in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

10. Seems like you’re a world-traveler, where is your favorite place you ever visited?
My favorite place probably Trinidad because I have family down there! I don’t get to see them often.. but when I go, I have the time of my life! 

 

Cody Bass
Research Associate

1. Where did you go to college?
Auburn University.

 

2. What did you study?
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies with a Minor of Marketing.

 

3. Were you involved with any extra-curricular activities?
At Auburn University I was involved with many organizations on campus. As a member of the Student Government Association I served in the Student Senate for the College of Liberal Arts, where I represented over 3,526 students. I also served as Director of External Communication in the Executive Cabinet.

I also wrote articles for This Week @ AU, a weekly update sent to all 28,000 students. As a member of the Ware Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, the official hosts and hostess for Auburn University, I worked 1300+ hours of community service through events with various departments on campus. I also served as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Student Recruiters, Freshman Leadership Programs, and Eagle Eye Television.

 

4. Why did you want to work with SP?
SP offers the ability to learn the fundamentals of consulting regarding strategic communication, marketing, and PR. I thought SP could assist me in utilizing the skill sets I learned through my marketing minor and apply them to real world situations. I also found the business model at SP to be very beneficial because I knew it would allow me to work as a member of team and expose me to experts across a broad array of industries to gain insight and diverse perspectives.

 

5. What are your main responsibilities at SP?
I currently work directly as a member of the client services team, providing support to SP’s national Senior Partner network through research, tactical PR and marketing campaign support, and ongoing strategic counsel on a variety of accounts in the higher education, healthcare, non-profit, and public affairs spaces.

 

6. What is your strongest skill?
My strongest skill is effective communication. I am an effective communicator and I think this is important when it comes to leading a team through interactions and guidance to achieve a certain goal. I think communicating effectively is essential to being a successful consultant as well.

 

7. How do you think your internship with SP will help you in your career?
I think SP will help me learn a lot about how the Client Services side of business operations. Gaining knowledge on the relationship between a firm and a client and what each party needs to be successful is vital, and I am learning that through client services. Client services will help me form relationships with clients in whatever industry I decide to enter and will allow me to discover skills that could be leveraged when approaching new businesses with creative solutions

 

8. What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to read about the U.S. government, surf the web, nap, and run. I am also a big fan of Netflix, so you can find me catching up on my favorite Netflix originals.

 

9. What are you currently watching?
Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

 

10. Do you have any plans this summer?
This summer I plan on visiting every free museum in D.C., and taking the weekends to explore the different burrows in The District. I will be traveling to Indiana and West Virginia for the first time, and will make trips back to my hometown in Auburn to visit my family.