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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Internship Opportunity: President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Sahil Joshi '13 (in bow tie) with Jeff Immelt '78 during his spring 2011 internship with The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Job Description:
The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is an independent advisory board to the President established in 2010 as a successor to the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB). Chaired by GE CEO Jeff Immelt (Dartmouth Class of 1978), the Jobs Council is composed of leaders in business and academia, and its mission is to suggest objective, non-partisan solutions for improving the economy, creating jobs in America, and improving the competitiveness of the American workforce.

Interns with the Jobs Council will have an opportunity to work with business leaders and members of the administration on efforts to create jobs and strengthen the competitiveness of the US economy. The Jobs Council serves as a liaison among the private sector, labor, academia and government organizations including the White House and the Treasury. Interns will be expected to complete a variety of tasks, including attending meetings, writing policy memos, scheduling and planning events, and conducting policy research. Jobs Council interns are given considerable responsibility, and projects will involve both teamwork and independent assignments.

Please send a personal statement and resume by email if you are interested in pursuing an internship with the Jobs Council.

**Also, remember to attend the Jeff Immelt lecture as part of the summer "Leading Voices in Politics & Policy" series on August 18th!

Ends July 29 - Bring a Friend to Career Services; Win a Trip for 2 to NYC!

Still exploring options for an upcoming leave term?  Want to know more about the resources available at the Dartmouth Career Services office?  Take advantage of the last few days of this promotion.


Come to Drop-In Hours @ Career Services with a Friend
(On-campus currently registered Sophomores only)

July 19th - 29th from 1:30 - 3:30 PM**
Ask questions together during a 20 minute drop-in session***
Enter to win one of the fabulous prizes:
·         Round-trip Flight from Lebanon NH to NYC, NY
·         Gift Certificate to Morano Gelato
·         Gift Certificate to the Canoe Club
·         Gift Certificate to Zimmermans (North Face)
·         Gift Certificate to Boloco

Career Services
63 South Main Street, 2nd Floor
Bank of America Building

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Alexandra Mahler-Haug: 2011 Winner of the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship

Though she graduated from Dartmouth in June, Alexandra Mahler-Haug '11 has continued her engagement in both academics and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College as a 2011 winner of the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. The Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship allows Alexandra to continue to work on her Honors Thesis in Government with members of the Dartmouth faculty and ultimately, pursue publication.

“The opportunity to work towards achieving publication of my research through the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship is a wonderful culmination of my involvement with the Rockefeller Center,” Alexandra said. “I am truly honored to have the chance to continue to work on my research and take it one step further.”

Alexandra’s thesis, entitled “Going Corporate: Investigating state use of Privatized Military Companies in the post-Cold War era”, was also the recipient of the Rockefeller Prize in International Relations for 2011.

She cites the active involvement of the faculty, coupled with significant institution support, as being critical to the success of her research so far. “The positive reception of my research from members of the Dartmouth Faculty has been greatly encouraging throughout the entirety of the thesis process,” Alexandra said, “and the support of the Rockefeller Center and Dartmouth College continues to be particularly invaluable, as I undertake further work on my thesis and pursue publication.”

Alexandra’s interest in military outsourcing and Privatized Military Companies began during her Sophomore year, when she took a class with Professor Bridget Coggins, who later became her primary thesis advisor. This interest continued through her Junior year and during Alexandra’s time abroad, when she studied at the London School of Economics and completed a research project on the post-Cold War evolution of the ‘market for force’, or the Privatized Military Company industry.

But Alexandra’s time with the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs as a Class of 1952 Intern during her Junior summer was particularly formative. Alexandra’s research, which quantitatively and qualitatively analyzes the outsourcing of security and military functions by states, was greatly informed and shaped by the professional experience that was made possible by the Class of 1952.

“Working for the Subcommittee opened my eyes and allowed me to experience first-hand some of the many complexities and challenges that are inherent with military contracting and outsourcing,” said Alexandra. “My internship provided me an invaluable base of knowledge that was the foundation for many of the ideas that shaped my thesis research during my Senior year—and the generous support given to me as a Class of 1952 Intern made that experience possible.”

The Rockefeller Center also provided a research grant to support Alexandra in her thesis research.

Alexandra does not foresee her involvement with the Rockefeller Center ending with the Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. Rather, she said, “I like to think of the Fellowship as being yet another facet of my time as a ‘Rocky student.’ Once the Fellowship ends, I am confident that there will be yet another way for me to stay involved and engaged.”

As an undergraduate at Dartmouth, Alexandra was a Rockefeller Center First-Year Fellow and a Dickey Center War and Peace Fellow, and was involved with the Rockefeller Center's Policy Research Shop, Next America: Campus Initiative, and America Reads. Alexandra was also Captain of the Dartmouth Figure Skating Team, and competed as a member of the team throughout her four years at Dartmouth.

Monday, July 18, 2011

What Do Six Alumni in Congress Have to Say About their Dartmouth Experience and Public Service?

Today, students from the Public Policy 20 course "Contemporary Issues in American Politics and Public Policy" welcomed Senator Rob Portman ’78 (R-Ohio) for a guest lecture.  Portman is one of six alumni who are current members of the United States Congress.  These alums were recently interviewed by ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper '91 in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

Leading Voices in Politics and Policy: Rob Portman

A fascinating glimpse into the lives of these Dartmouth public servants, we encourage you to review the entire article online or in the print magazine.  Below you can read a few of our favorite quotes that you will find only in the online edition.

We look forward to continuing to bring you exclusive looks into the lives of Dartmouth alumni who are active in politics, civic life, and public policy.  If you have suggestions for us to consider, please let us know in the comment section.

Rep. Michael Capuano ’73 (D-MA)
“Dartmouth made me realize the possibilities of life, made me realize that there are ways to make the world a better place to live in and helped me learn how to do it…It helped open my eyes. It gave me the impression that, committed, you can change the world.”
“I don’t know that if I had gone to a college in Boston at the time that I would’ve been able to see beyond what was effectively a conservative upbringing, that “it’s just all about me—go to a college, make money, be successful, move forward, if you can’t make it on your own, too bad.” Dartmouth opened my eyes, so I think Dartmouth therefore, in that case, was probably a miserable failure…Because I graduated more progressive than I ever thought that I would be.”

Sen. John Hoeven ’79 (R-ND)
“The diversity was tremendous to me, people from different places with different ideas and different talents and strengths. The other thing was the tremendous caliber of instruction. We had outstanding professors and small class sizes, so you really had a chance to learn adult problem-solving skills. I think Dartmouth did a remarkable job of preparing young people to go into challenging situations and decide what they wanted to do and how they wanted to do it. And I think each person here tonight has talked about that a little bit in different ways. That may be Dartmouth’s greatest gift.”

Rep. Charlie Bass ’74 (R-NH)
“I pulled out a couple of yearbooks maybe two or three years ago and I looked at what I was when I came there and what I was when I left, and there was no comparison at all. I learned how to write, I learned how to communicate, and I learned a lot about dealing with other people, which has been with me ever since.” 
Rep. John Carney ’78 (D-DE)
“But Dartmouth opened up a whole world. I was 12 years Catholic school, you know, old Irish-Catholic upbringing. Dartmouth opened up worlds that I had never known about or experienced. I made great friends there and actually could go back to Delaware and get elected to Congress. Not to governor, but to Congress.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ’88 (D-NY)
“But what I loved about Dartmouth is it encouraged students to explore the world. Even in our song it says, “’round the girdled earth they roam,” and it’s all about us getting into the world and having an impact on the world, and I think that’s unique about Dartmouth. When I was looking at schools, that’s the reason I chose Dartmouth, because it encouraged more study abroad. I traveled a lot as a high school student to many countries, which is highly unusual. I wanted to continue that experience, because I learned so much about other cultures, other people, other priorities by traveling. It made me not only want to be part of this world, but also to be engaged in the issues of the day. And I think that fundamentally helped me move toward public service over the years.”

Sen. Rob Portman ’78 (R-OH)
“I got to know my professors. A lot of college kids just don’t get that opportunity because of big classes and their teachers doing a lot of research. I was an anthropology major and I knew all the professors.”
“It broadened my perspectives, but it also gave me just a lot of different experiences. I did go into private practice, the law, for about 10 years. But I always knew from the Dartmouth experience that public service was going to be in my future somewhere.”

Friday, July 15, 2011

Public Policy 20 Students Discuss Politics with Rudy Giuliani

The Former Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, spoke with Dartmouth students today. Government Professor Deb Brooks is seen here with Mr. Giuliani at a discussion over lunch in the Class of 1930 Room here at The Rockefeller Center.

If you would like more information about the Leading Voices in Politics and Policy Summer Lecture Series, please visit our web site.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Charting a Course for Leave-Term Experiences - Info Session and Lunch - Tuesday, July 12th at noon

Junior Explorers: Charting a Course for Leave-Term Experiences

Junior year provides Dartmouth students with unique opportunities to get off-campus for one or more terms. Considering an internship? Perhaps research or field study? Whatever your interests, there is a wide-range of funding offered to support your leave-term experiences.
TUESDAY, July 12th
Haldeman 124

Join the Dickey Center, Tucker Foundation, Rockefeller Center, Career Services, & Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research for a collaboratively led info session specifically tailored to rising juniors. We'll discuss the MANY opportunities open to you, the differences in funding available, and how/when to apply. Plus, we'll feed you lunch!

Please RSVP online if you plan to join us.  We hope to see you there.

REMINDER:  Fall internship funding application deadline is Wednesday, July 27th.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Diversity Peer Program - Campus Peer Dialogues - Applications Due July 7

"The program provided me with a safe space for honest dialogue and reflection. I feel empowered in my everyday activities and now I have a community and a group of friends that I can talk to."
Summer 2011 - DPP Campus Peer Dialogues
  • 7 weeks of meaningful peer discussions
  • Once-weekly group meeting on Mondays from 7 - 8:30 pm
  • July 11 - August 22
  • Deadline extended- APPLY by THIS Thursday, July 7 at 11pm
  • Notification by Saturday afternoon

"I thought that I knew everything about the issues related to diversity until I participated in this program. It was a lot more engaging and challenging than I expected."

Do you...
  • crave "real" conversations about social identity?
  • wish you had a place to ask those tough questions?
  • want to share and learn from others who are interested in issues of power
  • and equity?
We will be discussing six primary areas of social identity: race/ethnicity/culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion and spirituality, ability, and class/socioeconomic status.

What are the commitments?
  1. must attend all hour and a half small group discussions for 7 consecutive weeks
  2. meet weekly with an assigned student partner for 1-on-1 discussions
  3. complete short journal reflections

"The program allows deep conversations to take place, which is a HUGE benefit, considering how we cannot truly understand certain issues without getting personal."

How do I apply?
Submit responses to these application questions by Thursday, July 7th at 11 PM

Campus Involvements:
D-Plan (terms on):
Response Questions:
1) Involvement in DPP Campus Dialogues demands an hour and a half group
meeting and a one hour pair meeting every week.  How do you plan on prioritizing this program in regards to your other campus commitments?
2) Why do you want to participate and what aspects of it are of particular interest to you?
3) What do you hope to get out of this program and why?


"It helped me reconnect with different perspectives and gave me a chance to step outside myself and my own world view".

Sponsored by OPAL's Diversity Peer Program (DPP)
Contact Cally Womick '13 and Janet Kim '13 with questions.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Keep Up With News and Notes from Organizations that Host Dartmouth Interns

Every term, the Rockefeller Center selects a number of students who have secured unpaid public policy internships, and provides a grant to help make that internship possible.  In most cases, the funding (up to $4,000 for a 8-10 week internship) helps to defray the costs of housing, transportation and other essential costs when living and working in a new city or town.

Deadlines for funding can be found on our calendar - the deadline for Fall 2011 Internship Funding consideration is Wednesday, July 27th.

Wonder where all of our interns work?  In order to highlight the news and updates from the organizations that have hosted Rockefeller Center/Dartmouth students as interns in the recent past, we've set up a twitter listFor a "quick at a glance" online newspaper with updates from organizations on that list, check out the below.  You can even sign up to receive the newspaper in your email inbox each day if you don't want to miss out.
Our goal in developing this outpost of information is two-fold:
  1. To stay connected with the great organizations that our interns have worked with, and to share the work that they continue to do even after our interns have left the office; and
  2. To allow current students who are considering public policy internships to see the types of organizations that have hosted Dartmouth interns in the past, and would hopefully be willing to consider hosting another in the future!  This is a place that students can catch up on the current hot topics and news from those organizations in order to be better prepared for the hiring process.
We'd love to hear your feedback about this new project.  Please leave a comment or send an email to Danielle Thompson.