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Monday, December 19, 2011

Congrats to Josh Marcuse '04 - Named to the @brazencareerist 20 Young Professionals to Watch in 2012 List

We're happy to share that Dartmouth alum Josh Marcuse '04 has been named as one of 20 young professionals to watch in 2012 by Brazen Careerist

Marcuse is the founder and President of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, "committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leadership." He advises individuals and institutions on how to engage and interact with young professionals in the foreign policy community, and frequently speaks to students and recent graduates about careers in international affairs, leadership, management, entrepreneurship and civic participation.

Josh has been affiliated with Rockefeller Center programs both as a student, and then as an alum.  He has come back to campus as part of the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows "Word of Advice from Alums" session, and has been a great resource for students in Washington, DC for our Civic Skills Training program.

Congratulations to Josh Marcuse.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Top 10 Things You Should Know about Interning in Washington, D.C.

The semester is over, but we know that many of you are thinking about what future opportunities you might want to consider.  It's not too soon to start planning for next summer!

One of our student program assistants - who has also been an intern in Washington, D.C. himself - has compiled a list of handy things interns should know about being an intern in Washington, D.C. 

What items would you add?

David Lumbert '12 with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME).  David received funding from
the Center to support his fall 2010 internship in Sen. Snowe's DC office.
Left to your own devices, you can probably find plenty of sources disseminating wisdom about D.C. internships, from the Washington Post to Washington Internship Institute, and we encourage you to do so. But Rocky has sent Dartmouth students to D.C. for some time now and we want to just offer a few pieces of wisdom that you should keep in mind.
1.      Attend discussions, discover free lunches. Think tanks, research organizations, and some other agencies like to offer free food. Sign up for ones you might be interested in and save money on lunches. Cato, Hudson, and the Urban Institute offer lots of fascinating discussions that come with sandwiches. Brookings and the American Enterprise Institute usually provide snacks, but less full meals.

2.      Congress holds open committee hearings, agencies hold talks. Some of you will view this as a chore for your internship, but it can also be a great opportunity to learn about current events and see just how our government works . . . or doesn’t. Sometimes federal agencies and departments put on events that are open to the public, which can often be related to your work and or your studies. Talk to your supervisor in advance to see if you can go to these events. You may have to take notes, but that might be more rewarding if your employer uses your work to flush out a publication.

3.      Think carefully about riding the Metro. The Metro is great. When it works. And isn’t crowded. And if you’re willing to drop $300+ on daily fare. If you can walk or bike to your internship you probably should. If you’re concerned about being sweat or disheveled, you could keep a set of clothes at work and freshen up when you get there. If you feel like it will harm your chances of success to show up looking marginally grosser than public transportation will leave you, then be sure to catch at least one or two trains too early before you should be somewhere. Yes, trains run late and break down–often. Think ahead and have a good backup plan.

4.      Engage the community. Greater DC Cares and VolunteerMatch are good places to find some extra opportunities to help out. DC has one of the nation’s largest homeless populations and consequently plenty of opportunities to give back. Buy Street Sense at least once. Read the free publications you see everywhere and attend events when you can.

5.      Umbrellas are good investments.

6.      The cheapest grocery store might not be on your block. You should look around and make sure you’ve found the best deals for shopping. Harris Teeter might be all over, but it might not be cheaper than Trader Joe’s, Safeway, or Food Shopper. Use your first weekend in the area to figure out where your most cost effective grocer is.

7.      Hang out in Virginia. Arlington is gorgeous and has wonderful libraries, parks, and stores that more closely reflect the American Dream. Crystal City is a lovely little stop on the Metro and has a farmer’s market on Thursdays depending on the season.

8.      Use the Mount Vernon Trail. It crosses the Potomac and connects the memorials to Arlington and makes for a beautiful running and biking trail.

9.      You can get at least two uses out of a given outfit. Dry cleaning is an expense you’d like to incur as little as possible as an intern, and you can avoid it if you don’t wear your blazers when you eat or when you get really sweaty on your way to work and if you know how to iron. Carry a Tide to-go pen to minimize the damages of small mistakes throughout the day and to save on laundry in the long run.

10.  Talk to past and current interns. They can and will make your life a lot easier.
- Jacob Hickson ’13, Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant