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Friday, April 18, 2014

Apply for an internship with the Charlie Rangel for Congress campaign!

Charlie Rangel is running for re-election to the United States House of Representatives from New York City. With 3 months remaining before the June 24th Democratic Primary, the campaign needs part- and full-time interns to help elect the congressman to his 23rd term. The campaign offers internships for both spring and summer.

The internship program is designed to equip participants with information, skills and campaign experience that each intern can apply to future endeavors on political campaigns or in other fields. No experience is necessary.

The campaign is looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to learn the nuts and bolts of how a campaign works, and help re-elect Congressman Charlie Rangel. Hours are completely flexible with a small requirement.

Whether pushing for living wages and unemployment insurance, working to pass real immigration reform, fighting for more affordable housing or delivering healthcare reform, Charlie Rangel has dedicated his life to seeing that the middle-class has a fighting chance. Working alongside President Obama and Mayor de Blasio, Mr. Rangel is determined to continue to deliver the progressive results the people demand, including raising the minimum wage, fully funding universal pre-k and continuing to revitalize and bring economic opportunity to upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

To apply for this internship, please use this link: If you are having trouble with the link, please email

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 16th Annual Africa Business Conference - Africa Accelerates: Equipping a Vibrant African Economy

At the Africa Business Conference at the Harvard Business School, I attended three panels - two centered around entrepreneurship on the African continent and one centered on mitigating investment risks in African countries. In the first entrepreneurship panel, the esteemed panelists shared their thoughts on doing business in Africa. My biggest takeaway from this panel was a comment one of the panelists made. He said, and I paraphrase: “Many people think that the business environment in African countries is unstructured. That is not true - everything is structured. You just have to learn the structure and how it operates and you will be able to navigate and succeed there”. This statement was a refreshing response to news articles and popular belief that African countries do not have structures that enable businesses to thrive. The fact that African structures are different from Western ones does not mean that there are no structures - anyone interested in doing business in African countries simply has to master the structures present in that country.

Another highlight at the conference was the networking session at the career fair. Personally, having received an offer from Bain, it was a pleasure to meet colleagues from the Johannesburg office, where I would be working after graduation. I also took the time to meet and create networks with people from different fields with varying interest. This to me, was the crux of the program: forming bonds that can unite to make a mark on the continent and the world beyond. 

--Oladipupo Fasawe '14

MLDP Recap: "The Art of the Narrative" with Kate Hilton '99

Students watched the above video with James Croft for a real-life example of a call to action.

“Leadership is taking responsibility to enable others to achieve purpose in the face of uncertainty,” according to guest speaker Kate Hilton ’99, Director of Organizing for Health, a project of ReThink Health, and Principal in Practice for Leading Change at Harvard University.
One way to motivate people toward achieving purpose is by using the narrative, a topic that we explored during this session. We learned that the basic components of the narrative are a story of self, which includes a call to leadership; a story of us, which is used to acknowledge shared values and shared experiences; and a story of now, which comprises of a strategy and action.

To illustrate the structure and execution of the narrative, Kate began her presentation by telling us a personal story of her experiences at Dartmouth, building rapport with us through her anecdotes about going on trips, sitting on the green, and meeting diverse people during her first Dartmouth days. She led us through her struggles – seeking the right degree path, feeling like an outsider and reconciling with the challenge of applying a newly gained perspective – as well as the decisions she made when she was confronted with these issues. At the end, she encouraged us to make the best use of our session at MLDP by becoming actively engaged in this week’s session and by applying what we learn.

After we examined her usage of the narrative, Kate invited us to think of a call to action that we may have, whether it be as simple as asking a roommate to clean his/her room or persuading an audience to be a part of a philanthropic cause, and to create a narrative that would empower us to handle these situations and hopefully yield successful results. We worked in groups of three to share our personal narratives and also give constructive feedback to make them even more compelling.

I was fortunate to have been randomly assigned to a group with very insightful peers who had had experience crafting narratives and were able to give me solid advice on how I could improve my story. After this activity, one of our peers shared her call to action, utilizing a story of her interpersonal interactions with the purpose of inspiring people to remain positive even when we find ourselves facing undesirable circumstances.

I found this session extremely eye-opening and helpful. I had always thought that people would be more drawn to credible objectivity through statistics and facts, which may be easier to process in certain circumstances, but I mistakenly underestimated the power of telling evocative stories. Near the end of our session, Kate mentioned, “When you listen to stories, it elicits ideas for you.” This simple yet meaningful statement resonates with me. As someone who is interested in learning about and addressing global inequities, I believe narratives can be very powerful in garnering awareness, interest, and support to resolve these and other pressing questions. With the structure of the narrative in mind, and some practice and coaching from fellow MLDP participants, I plan to utilize this tool to inspire my peers to take action so that we can tackle challenges that are faced by communities globally.

--Tiantian Zhang '16, MLDP Participant Spring 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Apply for a Health Care Policy Analyst Internship with Greenwoods Counseling Referrals!

Health Care Policy Analyst Internship

Interested in health care and public policy?

Consider working for Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc! Greenwoods Counseling Referrals, Inc. is a nonprofit agency located in Litchfield, CT whose mission is to support the health and wellness of our communities through enhanced access to high quality mental health and related care.

Greenwoods is seeking to develop and expand its services, and would like to work with an inquisitive student who is passionate about health care policy analysis and reform and can understand the potential benefits of primary care integration with mental health and care coordination.

This internship offers an opportunity to research policy, analyze data, and to make recommendations to guide implementation at the community level. The goal of this project is to create a practical and substantive road map for Greenwoods to position itself as the premier resource for access to mental health and related care and for care coordination services to support integrated primary and behavioral health services to the community.

The student will need to complete a demographic analysis of Litchfield County using census data and other primary sources. Additionally, focus groups with stakeholders including primary care providers and community leaders will need to be conducted and analyzed. The resulting report will be made available in a PowerPoint presentation, letter to the editor template, email/social media campaign, and an executive summary with graphics.

Additional Position Details:
  • Unpaid
  • Dates flexible based on student enrollment and schedule, but needs to be for at least 8 continuous weeks
  • Full time equivalent: 30-40 hours per week 

To Apply:
Send your résumé, writing sample and cover letter to Donna Campbell, Executive Director via e-mail.

For any questions about the position, please contact Donna Campbell by email or phone: 860-567-7724