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Friday, August 29, 2014

Don't miss the Rockefeller Center's "Create Your Path" program during the Interim

When did you last take time to reflect on your life-changing experiences? Have you made a plan yet for your future? The Rockefeller Center has a program that can help.

The Create Your Path program offers you a guided opportunity to step back and deeply reflect on the essential elements of what has driven and defined you, then learn innovative skills to make a strategic plan for your future – all can be done from home on your computer or mobile device.

The program consists of 6 short online video workshops (about 15 minutes each) to complete on your own, followed by a Capstone Session on campus to make your path a reality. You can participate in Create Your Path at any time during the year, with opportunities at the beginning of every term for the culminating Capstone Experience. Open to all class years and majors, with no prior Rockefeller Center engagement required. Also open to Dartmouth alumni, faculty, and staff.

The online section is self-guided, so you decide when to complete the video workshops and activities before returning to campus to complete the program with the Capstone Session. The most popular time to complete the 6 online workshops is during the interim period between terms when you are free from distractions and commitments and can take the needed time to reflect.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Internship Opportunity: International Leadership Association

This is a paid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Paid internships with the International Leadership Association, or ILA, are available throughout the year to graduate students, recent graduates, and undergraduates who have successfully completed at least one year of school. While internships begin and end on a rolling basis, a 4-month commitment of 16-30 hours a week of work in the ILA office is required. Longer commitments are preferred.

While the ILA is open to other internships, they are currently looking for a Research Intern to:
  1. Conduct online research for a variety of projects including market research and analysis, the Leadership Education Program Directory, compiling resources about leadership and the ILA’s Leadership Legacy Honorees, and lead generation.
  2. Support the ILA’s LinkedIn presence by approving postings, recruiting new members, and producing reports.
  3. Work on other projects as assigned.
Top 10 Candidate Requirements:
  1. College student with a focus on leadership, marketing, communications, business, or a related field
  2. Strong work ethic, high bar for work quality, and commitment to results
  3. Detail oriented with ability to consider the big-picture
  4. Excellent communication skills in person, by phone, or over email
  5. Experience using Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Word for research and reports
  6. Outstanding Internet research skills and social media savvy, particularly using LinkedIn
  7. Positive attitude, high energy, initiative, and the ability to prioritize
  8. Global mindset, intercultural competency, and an interest in current events
  9. Commitment to ILA’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals
  10. Interest in learning the inner workings of a growing non-profit, knowledge of academic/practitioner associations, and the field of leadership is a plus
To Apply:
Please email the following to ILA Director Ms. Shelly Wilsey at
  • Cover Letter including:
  1. Why you want to intern at the ILA
  2. Your relevant skills and experiences
  3. Your internship learning goals
  4. Your preferred schedule
  5. Anything else that sets you apart.
  • Resume including:
  1. contact details
  2. educational focus
  3. work experience
  4. extracurricular activities
  • Two Reference Letters: One should be from a professor and one from a past employer, professor, or a character reference. Both letters should describe your qualifications, character, and commitment to excellence.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer 2014 Recap: Kicking it Off with The Startup Experience

This week, the Rockefeller Center looks back at the events that defined Summer 2014.

In case you missed it, this summer kicked off with entrepreneurship at the new DEN Innovation Center @ 4Currier through The Startup Experience workshop.

On Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd, Dartmouth students, staff, and faculty as well as residents of the Upper Valley participated in The Startup Experience, an experiential crash course on high-impact entrepreneurship and social innovation led by serial entrepreneur Henrik Scheel. Participants sought to tackle difficult social issues in the areas of health, education, and poverty, and they generated ideas for social-oriented businesses to address these specific challenges. After creating ideas for products and/or services and a business model concept, teams entered into a pitch contest where a panel of judges determined winners based upon five criteria: understanding of the problem, understanding of the market, value proposition of the new idea, feasibility, and uniqueness of the idea.

Participants spent Friday evening learning the skills necessary to begin approaching problems. They created teams based upon a balance of entrepreneurial personality types that would serve to simulate startup companies. On Saturday, participants focused on developing their innovation and defining a business model that would potentially help their product achieve scale for broad social impact and sustainability.

Faced with limited time, teams had to scope the problem, market and feasibility ideate a solution, sort their different ideas, and produce a prototype for their product. To conduct need-finding and research the market, teams had the chance to reach out to potential customers by performing interviews of potential users. Coaches mentoring each team urged students to devise sustainable solutions and break out of established patterns to use new modes of problem solving. Teams used the Business Model Canvas, a tool that enabled them to define the business strategy and key components of their startup ideas.

After an energetic day of teamwork and brainstorming, teams pitched their startup ideas to a panel of judges including Jack O’Toole T’14 of FreshAir Sensor and Professor Lorie Loeb of the Dartmouth Computer Science Department and DALI Lab.

The three winners of the Startup Experience were, Foodbaby, and Dia-BeatIt.

First Place: is a social network that connects elementary teachers across schools and academic fields, providing them with a platform to share resources and advice and socialize around their professional experiences. This network would allows educators to collaborate with their colleagues elsewhere, conduct virtual field trips with their students, and contact experts on specific subject content. Group members Karna Adam '16, Matthew Jin '17, Maya Wilcher '16, Sam Seder '16, Sarah Morgan, and Joseph (Jake) Bayer '16 won a chance to have dinner at the PINE Restaurant with Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon and his wife Gail Gentes.

Second Place: Foodbaby
Foodbaby is a subscription service that provides affordable farm-to-door delivery of pre-proportioned, nutritious recipes and ingredients for pregnant women in urban areas. The service would partner with healthcare companies, clinics, and markets to simplify prenatal nutrition, an area often overlooked due to a lack of knowledge and access to knowledge regarding proper pre-birth nutrition. Foodbaby group members Walker Sales '16, Tucker Oddleifson '16, Lauren Yeager '16, Claire Yao '16, and Sameer Bansal '16 won dinner at Molly’s Restaurant with the Dartmouth Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer, Lorie Loeb, and Jack O’Toole.

Third Place: Dia-BeatIt
Dia-BeatIt is an application intended to provide young working adults at high risk for diabetes with quick and accessible resources that assist in reducing their risk. The application would record blood sugar, calories, and physical activity. It would also would place users into teams that motivate them to be consistent with their healthy lifestyle choices. Focusing on young adults working on tight time schedules, the application would provide a directory for users of restaurants and markets with quickly accessible and affordable healthy foods. Group members Felicia Jia '16, Invo Chami '16, Gregory Ho GR, Patrick Lewis '16, and Zonia R. Moore '16 won Dartmouth sweatshirts.

Overall, the workshop was a great opportunity for members of the Dartmouth community to build creative confidence and obtain many of the tools necessary to identify the opportunities to solve real social problems and learn some of the key components of creating a working foundation for a viable company.

This workshop was co-sponsored by The Office of the President, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Collis Center for Student Involvement, Dartmouth Athletics, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer, and Office of Pluralism and Leadership

· “Using an Entrepreneurial Mindset to Make Social Impact” panel discussion at Rocky
· Startup workshop teaches business for social change in The Dartmouth
· The Rockefeller Center Launches New Social Entrepreneurship Course!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Notes from the Field: Christina Ragin '17

Rockefeller Center-funded interns reflect on their experiences as part of our Notes from the Field series. The Rockefeller Center helps students find, fund, and prepare for a leave-term internship experience in public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities which help shape and determine public policy.

Student Intern: Christina Ragin '17

Internship Organization:
Innocence Project – New York, NY

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The Innocence Project was founded to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date, more than 300 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 18 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release. The use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. The Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for unjust imprisonment.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?
I work in Strategic Litigation where I am responsible for managing old cases, reviewing and researching these cases, and comparing them to current day cases that could use anecdotal support. To review and research old cases, I compare them to current cases that are ongoing where possible eyewitness misidentification and DNA evidence are present. I indicate where the current case could be bolstered with evidence and support from prior solved cases. Subsequently, I write up a narrative or a brief of the case for presentation.

How did you feel on the first day of your internship?
I felt nervous, but everyone was so sweet and warm. We had great bonding lunches where we talked about Dartmouth and Ivy League schools and the Greek system. It was a fun, deep, and interesting conversation.

What is your favorite part of the internship so far?
I love the work that I do. I feel that I connect with the exonerates and that I know them on a deep level after studying them for weeks. Being able to review and work on new and current cases makes me feel like I am actually having a direct impact on the defendant's future. It pushes me to work hard, pull longer hours, and get it right so that the defendant can be exonerated. I absolutely love my work. I also was able to view the exoneration of a man who was in prison for 17 years. We video-conferenced with him two hours after his release while he was surrounded by family, including his two year old granddaughter whom he had never met. He was in such good spirits that it made everyone cry. We were all so happy for him. I felt like he was family. We asked him what the first thing he wanted to do was, and he said he wanted to go to a BBQ joint.

What challenges have you faced so far?
I was hospitalized for a week during my internship, and that was very difficult to manage. I made sure to let everyone know what happened right after I got out, but it was stressful for me.

What do you hope to achieve by the end of your internship?
I want to be a better writer and have a better understanding of the criminal justice system.

What have been some practical lessons you've learned in the day-to-day life of your internship?
The 1 Train is horribly slow, so budget an hour for transportation.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Recap: "Deficit Hawks vs. Civil Debtors" Politics and Policies of Our National Debt with Charlie Wheelan '88

Last week, the Rockefeller Center co-sponsored a panel on the national debt. This event was organized by a 2013 First-Year Fellow and also co-sponsored by The Concord Coalition, Campaign to Fix the Debt, The Josiah Bartlett Center, and Millenial Action Coalition.

Moderator Charlie Wheelan '88 addresses the audience

Last Thursday, the Rockefeller Center hosted a a spirited conversation on the programs and policies driving our national debt. The Rockefeller Center's Professor Charles Wheelan '88 moderated the discussion on our fiscal future, which delved into the divisive politics preventing meaningful reform. Facilitated by several national politicians and activists to talk about our nation’s current debt situation and taking place in Paganucci Lounge at the Class of 1953 Commons, panelists included US Ambassador and Congressman Dick Swett, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby, and Josiah Bartlett Center President Charlie Arlinghaus. Several dozen Dartmouth students attended the event, which began with position-establishing five-minute speaker statements before professor, economist, and founder of The Centrist Party Charles Wheelan moderated a question-and-answer session.

The event provoked lively and diverse commentary from those on all sides of the debt issue, with students and presenters actively engaging each other’s positions and arguments. In particular, participants argued about the key drivers and determinants of our nation’s debt, underscoring the complexity of debt-related politics. Attendees and presenters debated the implications of running a national debt as well as the possibility of debt's adverse impact outweighs the benefits of debt-inducing policies. Participants delved into current economic issues while also broaching historical economic and political decisions and situations relevant to understanding our nation’s debt. The evocative discussion further contributed to the community-wide debate over our nation’s economic situation and the proper steps to take moving forward.