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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Staff Profile: Thanh Nguyen

"Working at Dartmouth College and at Rocky specifically was an easy choice for me – it allows me to channel my energy to help others in fulfilling their potential."

Thanh Nguyen - Program Coordinator, Co-Curricular Programs

What was your most rewarding collegiate experience as an undergraduate or graduate student?
My initial reaction is to want to discuss my senior honors thesis project within my psychology major which explored different aspects of death anxiety – and while this was my culminating experience that I had academically while at Keene State College – it is by far not the most important insight I gained during my undergraduate program.  The most rewarding experience I had was gaining much-needed focus with my skills and talents and learning about myself.  My undergrad served as a critical start for me – I learned that I’m interested in how people think and how they make decisions, and what some of the factors are that influence those decisions.  As a social psychology major, I learned that there are oftentimes counter-intuitive factors that lead to decisions with serious consequences that we often ignore or minimize when we rely upon the “conventional wisdom” or even worse, bad science.  This spurred my continuing interest in public policy.

Why did you choose to work at Dartmouth College, and/or what do you currently most enjoy about your position and/or field of interest?
Working at Dartmouth College and at Rocky specifically was an easy choice for me – it allows me to channel my energy to help others in fulfilling their potential.  At the risk of sounding like a campaign ad, this, to me, is the core of our values of liberty and freedom.  I am helping others to become better versions of themselves, and increasing their ability to become autonomous and determine their own path.  There’s really little else that is more important to me than that. It is such an added bonus that the place I am able to do this is within a highly regarded public policy center at Dartmouth.  The topic area of public policy could not be more relevant to our nation’s trajectory and the impact that it has on everyday people.  I can’t wait to learn about the impact that our current students will have as future leaders in the public sector.

What is your most important message to pass on to students?
Pay attention to the world around you.  By that, I don’t necessarily mean pay attention to international affairs and current events, but seize the opportunities in your everyday lives to learn something.  Small occurrences, chance encounters.  There’s something to be learned from everything.

What hobbies do you engage in during vacations and outside of work?
Camping.  There’s nothing better than grilling some food, building a huge campfire, and spending time with friends.  Helps me to think and recharge my batteries.

What is one life experience or aspect about yourself that students do not know?
I’m an avid cook.  I enjoy experimenting with different recipes and kitchen gadgets (I think I have about 5 different options of brewing coffee any given morning).  I’m a fan of America’s Test Kitchen and Alton Brown – they both take time to teach reasons why certain techniques work and where and when to use them, instead of just providing a recipe to follow.  My best dishes – beef and vegetable stir-fry and pesto chicken with sundried tomatoes.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Maximizing Your Leave Terms" - Slides and Brochure to help @Dartmouth Students Find & Fund Internships and Research Opportunities

We had a full house for our workshop - thanks Dartmouth sophomores and families!

As promised at the event, here's a copy of the slide deck from the “Maximimizing Your Leave Terms” session at Dartmouth College Sophomore Family Weekend 2012.

Maximizing Leave Terms - SFW12 from Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College

Thanks to our student speakers: Edgar Sandoval ’14, Samuel Street ’13, and Hannah Rowe ’14.
The session was hosted by several Dartmouth offices that work with students to find, prepare for, fund, and reflect upon opportunities to extend learning "in and out of the classroom, on and off campus." 

These Centers include:  Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the William Jewett Tucker Foundation for Service, Social Justice, and Spirituality, the Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research.

You can find more information on the timeline, process, and options for funding unpaid internship and research opportunities by following up with contacts listed in the brochure below.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Senior Profile: Madeline Sims '12

"As I look to next year and beyond, I know that my Rocky experiences – along with classroom learning, research positions, and other extracurricular activities – have provided me with a solid foundation upon which to excel both personally and professionally."

When I applied to colleges four years ago, Dartmouth was one of the largest schools I looked at. Despite its frigid winters – which I had hoped to escape by heading west for four years – Dartmouth appealed to me because of its boundless academic opportunities, loyal alumni network, and sense of community both within and outside the classroom. When I came to visit the summer before my senior year, I fell in love with everything about the campus from the majestic Baker Tower to the students playing Frisbee on the Green to the  smiling professors I ran into in the coffee shop in town. After receiving an acceptance letter the following spring, I returned to campus for one more visit. I was lucky enough to have other great choices and I figured it would be sensible to take another look at several campuses. After my second drive up to Hanover, though, I told my parents to cancel the rest of our visits – I knew that I had found my true home.

In thinking about the individuals that have had a significant impact on my time at Dartmouth, the faculty and staff associated with the Rockefeller Center immediately come to mind. After attending a Rocky Open House during my freshman year, I was intrigued by the opportunity to travel to Washington DC the following summer to take part in the Civic Skills Training program. The curriculum for the week-long training session focuses on topics ranging from public speaking to resource mobilization to goal setting and professionalism. The opportunity to gain feedback on our strengths and weaknesses from fellow students, Rockefeller Center faculty, and outside policy experts proved truly invaluable.
When I returned to New York City at the end of the week, I felt well-prepared to begin my summer internship at the New York Council for the Humanities, a non-profit that serves as the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. I found Civic Skills Training so meaningful that when I was asked as a sophomore to travel back to DC to serve as a program assistant, I quickly agreed.
During my sophomore year I also participated in Rocky’s Management & Leadership Development Program. The program covered leadership theory, public speaking, persuasive writing, problem-solving, decision-making, and analytical thinking. Common themes of global leadership, cultural competence, and public policy united the sessions. The opportunity to partake in the ten-week program directly benefitted me in my various leadership roles across campus. When I became Managing Editor of the College’s daily newspaper The Dartmouth, for instance, I was well-prepared to manage a staff of almost 50 students and ensure that others met deadlines on a daily basis.  
The summer following my junior year, I received funding fromRocky to work as a policy research assistant at the Center for an Urban Future, a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the long-term health of New York City by targeting problems facing low-income and working-class neighborhoods. As an intern, I conducted extensive research and interviews with government and labor representatives as well as synthesized existing data in order to analyze job opportunities for individuals with low educational attainment. The experience I gained through participation in various Rocky programs provided me with the confidence and skills needed to work alongside professional policy experts.
As I look to next year and beyond, I know that my Rocky experiences – along with classroom learning, research positions, and other extracurricular activities – have provided me with a solid foundation upon which to excel both personally and professionally. Wherever life takes me, I will always be grateful for the opportunities I enjoyed over the past four years both within and beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Madeline Sims is from Rye Brook, New York and attended Blind Brook High School. While at Dartmouth, Madeline majored in Comparative Literature and minored in Public Policy. During her senior year, she wrote an honors thesis on the political theory of the medieval proto-feminist thinker Christine de Pizan. She received the Neal Oxenhandler Prize, which is awarded to a senior major who has done outstanding work in Comparative Literature. On campus, Madeline served as Managing Editor of The Dartmouth, co-president of Fusion Dance Ensemble, a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar Research Assistant, and a member of Sigma Delta Sorority. Madeline spent her junior Fall interning at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. This experience helped convince her to pursue a career in law and she will return to New York this fall to attend Columbia Law School, where she received a Butler Fellowship. Madeline also received The Fred C. Scribner, Jr. 1930 Fellowship from Dartmouth’s Office of Scholarship Advising to assist with law school expenses next year. She hopes to use her law degree to effect positive change by working to protect the rights of underrepresented groups and individuals who too often lack a voice in policy matters that directly impact their lives and communities.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Speed Networking for Sophomore Family Weekend

Sophomore Family Weekend is right around the corner.  We are sharing this announcement of a Career Services event that is scheduled.  Please contact their office with any questions that you might have.

On Saturday, July 28th at 11 AM, students will have the opportunity to practice their networking skills with volunteer parents and alumni while parents share their career story.

Parents who represent the following industries/professions (so far) will be participating in the Career Services' Speed Networking event this Saturday.

·         Entrepreneur – Children Enrichment
·         Government – Intelligence Community (CIA)
·         Health & Academia – Professor, Dean & MD
·         Law – Employment & Administrative
·         Corporate Law- Civil Litigator & Business Disputes
·         Private Wealth Management
·         Consultant in Philanthropy
·         Transportation – Planning, Environmental & Engineering Management
·         Human Resources – Executive Search

No RSVP required!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Last Call: Fall 2012 Internship Funding Applications Due on Wednesday, July 25

A quick reminder that if you will be seeking funding support for a Fall 2012 Internship opportunity, Wednesday, July 25th is an important day for you.  The Rockefeller Center, Dickey Center, Tucker Foundation, ISTS, and other funders on campus all require applications to be submitted by Wednesday, July 25th for Fall 2012 funding consideration.

You can view each of our web sites for more direct information about our application requirementsIf you have a public policy-related internship and will apply for Rockefeller Center funding, this tip sheet should be consulted to mazimize the strength of your application. See below, and good luck!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Join us on Tuesday, 7/24 at 1 PM for "Using the Arts for Political Commentary, Advocacy, and Social Justice"

As Dartmouth celebrates the "Year of the Arts", the Rockefeller Center looks to explore the intersection of the arts and political commentary, advocacy, and social justice.  Please join us for a pre-performance event with the FLOCK Dance Troupe.

Tuesday, July 24th
1 PM
Collis Patio (Rain location: One Wheelock, inside Collis)
Lou's cookies and lemonade

This open discussion will be an opportunity to meet with the director and student dancers of the FLOCK Dance Troupe, who will be performing "WIRED" on the Green the following evening. Delve into WIRED's storyline and the themes of consumption, the media, the Occupy Movement, and our place as human beings in the natural order of life on earth, and explore how to "get the message out" through the arts.

WIRED Performance
“Out of the chaos of greed will come reform around a new paradigm.”
A community theater dance production of FLOCK Dance Troupe
Wed, July 25, 6:30 PM

Dartmouth Green (rain location Top of the Hop)Sponsored by the William Jewett Tucker Foundation and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center

WIRED’s storyline traces the influence of money in our society through the entangling of corporations, politics and the judicial system. With a blend of compassion, outrage and humor, we’ll dance of consumption, the media, the Occupy Movement, and our place as human beings in the natural order of life on earth.

FLOCK recognizes that community dance and ritual theater are powerful in ways that go beyond the price of an admission ticket: strengthening relationships, deepening our sense of place, and building community through a performance of shared intention.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Alumni Profile: Michael Randall '12

My decision to attend Dartmouth was motivated by two primary reasons: Dartmouth’s strong sense of community and its sterling academic reputation. Dartmouth provides the ideal fusion of a small liberal arts college and a large research university. I was excited by the potential to engage in scholarly research directly with professors on the cutting edge of their fields. Those same professors – not graduate TAs – also share their expertise in the courses they teach. I was also impressed by the variety of co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities available at Dartmouth, including those offered through the Rockefeller Center.

My introduction to Rocky came at the open house during freshman orientation week. There, I engaged with the students whose shoes I would eventually fill. I was struck both by their professionalism and by their enthusiasm for the programs Rocky offered. Among the programs that interested me were the First Year Forum and Politalk, weekly conversations regarding politics and current events. When I was able, I attended these programs and found that they enriched my academic experience. The discussions were often intense but always respectful, and I found that my peers brought interesting and novel perspectives.

The Rockefeller Center First-Year Fellows program was my first significant experience with the Rocky. In order to enroll in the program, I completed Public Policy 5, an introductory course in public policy that covered several aspects of policymaking, from the intricacies of the legislative process to the role of civil society. One of twenty freshmen on the program, I lived in northern Virginia and commuted to work at a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. Not only did I get an “insider’s view” of how legislation progresses (often slowly!), I met 19 other students who shared my interests and aspirations. This was one of the greatest gifts from Rocky – it provided a hub where I could network with both fellow students and alumni and connect over our common interest in public policy.

I was also able to interact with a number of public figures through my participation in Rocky, including Reps. Charles Bass and Paul Hodes, Sens. Kelly Ayotte and John Hoeven, former Solicitor General Gregory Garre, former OMB Director Peter Orszag, and others. Meeting and conversing with these figures offered yet another glimpse into a career in public life. Hearing directly from public officials in this way was an invaluable component of learning about leadership in the public sector. I also participated heavily in the College Republicans at Dartmouth and in New Hampshire, involvement largely facilitated by Rocky. This participation gave me the chance to translate my values into actions, and to interrogate my own beliefs and preconceptions.

My participation in MLDP, the Management & Leadership Development Program, was another cornerstone of my Rocky involvement. MLDP gave me the opportunity to learn weekly from mentors and develop skills such as project management and delivering public presentations. I was able to put those skills to use with a Rocky grant, which allowed me to spend a summer working with trustee Morton Kondracke ’60 and the Jack Kemp Foundation. There, I compiled a comprehensive timeline of Kemp’s legislative and political activities during the Ford and Reagan administrations. The skills I had acquired from Rocky programming like Civic Skills and MLDP helped me complete the project successfully. In sum, my experience at Dartmouth and at the Rockefeller Center in particular helped me realize my own potential for leadership and enriched my understanding of the public sector. Rocky provided me with several tools to enhance my leadership capability on campus and beyond.

Michael Randall is from Dallas, Texas and attended Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. He double majored in Cell Biology and Government. On campus, Michael was a Presidential Scholar and completed a senior honors thesis on a cell-signaling pathway in fruit flies; he also served as treasurer of Psi Upsilon fraternity, as a co-director of the Nathan Smith (pre-medical) Society, and as a co-director of the Dartmouth Global Leadership Program. Michael had two internships through the Rockefeller Center, working with the lobbying firm Policy Directons, Inc. and with the Jack Kemp Foundation, both in Washington, D.C. After graduation, he will be working full-time as an associate consultant at Trinity Partners, a healthcare consulting firm in Waltham, MA. He plans to eventually enroll in medical school.

Summer Public Policy Interns Share "Notes from the Field" on Rocky Facebook Page

Visit our Facebook page to read about the experiences of our Summer Rocky interns who are currently pursuing internships across the globe. We've asked public policy interns funded by the Rockefeller Center to provide updates while they are still working.  Our goal is to share tips from our interns, to highlight the organizations that are hosting our interns for learning opportunities outside of the academic classroom, and to shine a spotlight on the students that will become our next generation of leaders.

The first student to be featured this term in our Facebook Notes section is Emily Tomlinson '13 who is currently an intern in the US State Department - Consulate General Munich. 

Interns have submitted replies to prompts, including the following questions:
  • What specific projects have you worked on during your internship so far?
  • What has been a challenging experience during your internship? 
  • What was a rewarding experience during your internship? 
  • What have been some practical lessons you’ve learned in the day-to-day life of your internship?
  • How would you describe your employer?

Summer 2012 interns will be highlighted for the next few weeks.  To see the newest entries, you can "like" us on Facebook, or subscribe directly to the Notes section of our Facebook page - which is where we will post these items.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Senior Profile: Michelle Shankar '12

"I feel honored and blessed to have crossed paths with the Rockefeller Center. The RLF Program embodies my freshman-year vision of Dartmouth: engaging with students who have very different perspectives from me in order to improve ourselves and the world around us."

When I came to Dartmouth, I knew that I would grow and learn in ways I couldn’t imagine yet. I would learn with and from an incredible and diverse group of students around me, who would motivate and challenge me to broaden the lens through which I view the world, both inside and out of the classroom. I would explore an assortment of courses in various departments and cultivate new ways of thinking about and engaging with the world around me. Although I was pre-med, I was determined to use these four years to develop myself not into the best medical school candidate I could be, but rather into the best human being I could be.
I spent my first three years at Dartmouth exploring many different opportunities, departments, hobbies, and passions. I joined an a cappella group, acted in theater productions, worked in the Woodworking shop and Jewelry studio, and found opportunities to volunteer in the Upper Valley. I spent my leave terms pursuing service opportunities in healthcare and education at home and abroad. In addition to taking pre-medical requirements, I created a major that enabled me to explore Global Health through the lens of culture, economics, and politics.
I never thought of myself as a “Govy” or “Econ” kind of person. I imagined the Rockefeller Center to be filled with fancy business suits, highfalutin political language, and economic terms that I would never understand. I thought myself too worldly and common for Rocky, I felt intimidated by its reputation as one of the finest public policy institutions in the country, and I especially could not envision myself wearing a blazer. I never would have considered setting foot in the Rockefeller Center until I heard about the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Program.
When I learned about the program, I saw that it was much more than my myopic conception of Rocky. As a Fellow, I was introduced to a group of twenty-one members of my class who have traveled many different paths during our time at Dartmouth. Every single Fellow is a campus leader in a different capacity: Greek life, performing arts, community service, politics, athletics, the list goes on. However, we all share a common goal to develop ourselves as leaders and as human beings together.
This program was precious time set aside each week to reflect upon my Dartmouth experience, my leadership, and the experiences and reflections of others. I have become more aware of my leadership style as well as that of others around me. I have developed confidence as a speaker after grounding myself in an understanding of my strengths and unique qualities. I have become comfortable with my weaknesses and have learned humility in reaching out to others for support. I recognize that leadership has many manifestations and is truly a lifestyle, one that I must practice in all aspects of my life.
I feel honored and blessed to have crossed paths with the Rockefeller Center. The RLF Program embodies my freshman-year vision of Dartmouth: engaging with students who have very different perspectives from me in order to improve ourselves and the world around us. While I cannot know with certainty what I want to do with my life, I have a clear idea of how I want to do it; my time as a Fellow has helped me to create an idea of the leader and human being that I strive to be.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Michael Ellsberg: The Education of Millionaires on Wednesday, July 18 AT 5:30 pm

The myth: If you get into a good college, study hard, and graduate with excellent grades, you will be pretty much set for a successful career.

The reality: The biggest thing you won’t learn in college is how to succeed professionally.

The Rockefeller Center, in conjunction with 2011's First-Year Fellows, is pleased to announce a lecture by entrepreneur and author, Michael Ellsberg, on Wednesday, July 18, at 5:30 PM in Rockefeller Center Room 003.

The 20 students from last year's First-Year Fellows Program, who are on campus for their sophomore summer, were interested in inviting Mr. Ellsberg because of his unique perspective on education versus professional success, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his focus on encouraging youth and people from all ages to step outside their comfort zone to take risks and pursue great personal success.

Mr. Ellsberg has spent the last year meeting, interviewing, and learning from the world's most successful people, mostly millionaires and billionaires. This lecture distills their secrets, with applicable real-world strategies for self-education in the real world of business.

Michael Ellsberg is the bestselling author of The Education of Millionaires: It's Not What You Think, and It's Not Too Late, which debuted as an instant best-seller and was named to multiple "Best Books of the Year" lists in 2011. He is also the author of The Power of Eye Contact: Your Secret for Success in Business, Love and Life.

The Education of Millionaires is a bootstrapper's guide to investing in your own human capital. Ellsberg interviewed some of the most successful people on the planet who didn't complete college and who educated themselves in the real world, to deconstruct their secrets and create a "Syllabus for a Successful Life" based on what he learned from them.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rockefeller Center Funds 32 Students for Summer 2012 Public Policy Internships

The Rockefeller Center is one of several Dartmouth Centers that grants funding support for unpaid internships to undergraduates. Rockefeller Public Policy Internship Grants are designed to enable students to work in an unpaid non-profit or governmental agency on issues of public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, or activities that help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state or national level. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded to students through a competitive application and interview process each term. The deadline for Fall 2012 consideration is Wednesday, July 25th.


Congratulations to the 32 interns funded by the Rockefeller Center, and working in a variety of host organizations during the Summer 2012 term.

TIP: Expand the slideshow above to full-screen (the button on the bottom right), then click "show info" to view the student's bio.

Did you know that we post a variety of internship opportunities for students to consider? Click here to see all posts related to internships.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

First-Year Fellows Meet US Representatives Carney '78, Bass '74, and Capuano '73 at 25th Annual Webster Dinner

The 2012 Daniel Webster Public Service Award Dinner, sponsored by the Dartmouth Club of Washington DC, recognized Representatives John Carney ’78, Charlie Bass ’74, and Michael Capuano ’73  for their public service contributions made as Dartmouth alumni and providing to the Club's Scholarship Fund. 
Roughly 100 guests, including the majority of the 2012 First-Year Fellows, attended the award ceremony and dinner reception. The evening was kicked off by speeches from the President and Vice President of the Dartmouth Club of Washington, as well as a Dartmouth alumnus and member of the Washington Club.
Following the main course, Noah Reichblum ’15, Brendan Goldrick ’15, and Adam Nassar ’15 introduced Congressmen Carney, Bass, and Capuano, respectively.
After the Representatives made their remarks, the three alumni answered questions from the audience. Discussion topics ranged from the importance of education to their favorite Dartmouth tradition.
The evening closed with group photos, as the congressman had to resume their public services duties and vote on pending legislation in Congress —from 10 until midnight.
Despite different backgrounds, the representatives’ speeches all touched on similar themes-- the importance of a good education, why public service matters, and humorous personal stories.
The three congressman were incredibly honest and open in their remarks. While we often see our politicians on television or delivering stump speeches, the opportunity to truly engage with public service leaders in an informal session was truly inspiring. Instead of employing political rhetoric, the three congressman genuinely sought to relate, and inspire, the Dartmouth students and alumni in attendance.
In retrospect, the Daniel Webster Public Service Award Dinner proved an invaluable opportunity to better understand how American politics work, and how we, both at Dartmouth and beyond, can work together to improve the situation for all involved.
 -Noah Reichblum ’15

Noah attended this event during his summer as a First-Year Fellow. For more information about this Rockefeller Center program, click here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Management and Leadership Development Program Completes its Third Year at Dartmouth

With the conclusion of the 2011-2012 academic year, over 350 students have now participated the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) since the inception of the program three years ago.

Most recently during this academic year, 112 students participated in the program with 76 students completing the program requirements.  Participants of the program gain knowledge and practice skills in multiple aspects of management and leadership, including workplace writing skills, presentation design, problem solving and negotiation techniques, cultural competency, group facilitation skills, strategic planning and more.  

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John Garvey sessionKate Hilton '99Kate Hilton '99 sessionKate Hilton '99 sessionMarty Jacobs '82 sessionMLDP Fall 2011 Participants
MLDP Facilitation SessionMLDP Kickoff Winter '12MLDP Kickoff Winter '12Students Plan an Event During Keely Ayres' WorkshopElizabeth Winslow '83 on 'What Makes a Good Leader?'Students Work on a Project During Hill's Session
Karen Liot Hill's Project Management SessionJulie Kalish's Session on Writing in the WorkplaceDavid Uejio's Presentation DesignPublic Speaking Workshop: Susan MillerProblem Solving, Decision Making and  Negotiation: John GarveyDeveloping a Global Mindset: Chris Wohlforth
MLDP: 2011-2012 , a set on Flickr.

Participants of the program cite the diverse array of expert guest speakers who lead a different topic area each week throughout the term as a key strength of MLDP. 

“MLDP grants participants the opportunity to learn from well-versed speakers and achieved individuals in their career field” notes Spring 2012 participant Clifford (CJ) Hughes ‘14.  Furthermore, Clifford remarks that “MLDP is the only program that I’m aware of at Dartmouth of its class and caliber.  It combines seemingly disparate yet valuable topics and skills into one complete package centered on vital aspects of management and leadership”. 

Anjalie Christie ’14 additionally states that “Each topic is immediately applicable and relevant to our lives as college students.  Because these fundamentals are put into practice now they will be much more developed and prominent when needed in real world experiences and jobs.” 

We’re now accepting registrations for the upcoming year!  For more information on MLDP and to register, please check out more posts on our blog tagged with MLDP and visit our website.