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SARAH BENDER 205-306-8395

EDUCATION 2012 – 2016 Fall 2014 EXPERIENCE August 2016 – present

DUKE UNIVERSITY | B.A. in Public Policy Studies Graduated with honors and 3.8 GPA. Completed honors thesis examining the politics of abortion and its impact on elections. Concentration in social policy, leadership & ethics. DANISH INSTITUTE FOR STUDY ABROAD TASSL | Engagement Specialist

Philadelphia, PA

Conducts market research and regular testing of our mobile app and SaaS platform to improve user experience and on-boarding. Manages digital strategy and content marketing initiatives to engage with customers and generate warm leads, increasing our Twitter following by 70% and our organic reach on Facebook sixtyfold. Supports users throughout the sales pipeline and implementation process.


May 2016 – present

Venture for America is a fellowship for recent grads who want to learn how to build a business while making an impact. Through VFA, I’ve received training, mentorship, and a strong entrepreneurial network while working full-time at my current company. DUKE INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITATIVE | Communications Intern

2015 – 2016

Summer 2015

LEADERSHIP 2015 – 2016

2015 – 2016


Philadelphia, PA

Durham, NC

Managed social media and digital communications to promote student programs and events. Contributed to public relations and media outreach initiatives. Created regular content showcasing Duke startups, entrepreneurs, and community programs. NVG, LLC | Government Relations Intern

Washington, D.C.

Conducted strategic policy research and covered policy events and meetings for NVG’s clients. Supported firm’s external communications, including social media and engaging with relevant stakeholders. Helped plan the formal launch of a new public health coalition, including designing its website and supporting its PR strategy. OUT OF THE BLUE A CAPPELLA | President

Durham, NC

Managed weekly rehearsals, performance opportunities, album recordings and production, and new member recruitment for Duke’s most award-winning a cappella group. Overhauled our external communications, designing a new website and strengthening our social media presence and branding. Raised more than $15,000 to fund the production of our albums, available on Spotify and iTunes. CHANCE TUTORING | Co-president

Durham, NC

Led Duke’s leading tutoring program, serving local middle- and high-school students. Recruited and organized volunteers. Managed communications with students, parents, and executive board members. Fluent in French, elementary proficiency in Danish, proficient in HTML & CSS, Squarespace, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, SEO Belgian-American dual-citizen, kickboxing enthusiast, Planned Parenthood volunteer

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