The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

First Year Fellows

Introducing the Class of 2021 First-Year Fellows

The First-Year Fellows program is uniquely designed to be much more than an internship. Prior to their placement, Fellows take two academic courses—one on public policy and one on statistical methods—and participate in the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program. 

During the spring term, Fellows are selected through a competitive application and interview process and then matched with an alumni mentor and placement organization best suited to their academic and career interests.

At the end of the spring term, the students begin Civic Skills Training (CST) which provides them with additional instruction in public speaking, networking, workplace writing, project management, and professionalism. In June, Fellows reconvene in Washington, D.C. for an additional five days of training the week before their 8-week fellowship begins.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Taylor Lane '20

Taylor Lane '20 hails from Dunn Loring, Virginia and graduated from George C. Marshall High School with an IB Diploma with academic distinction. She has received numerous awards for her community service work, including the Presidential Service Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Her passion for global health issues has taken her volunteer work to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and, most recently, Swaziland. Taylor has also interned on Capitol Hill and studied abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

At Dartmouth, Taylor is pursuing a major in Government with a minor in Public Policy. She is a member of the Great Issues Scholars Program through the Dickey Center and the Dartmouth Sing Dynasty acappella group.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Sunny Singh '20

Sunpreet (Sunny) Singh hails from Jamaica, New York and graduated from Hillcrest High School. At Hillcrest, Sunny was the president of his school’s Junior State of America chapter and Model United Nations club where he won several awards at local, national, and international conferences. He also participated in the Junior Sikh Coalition, Mock Trial, and Moot Court.

At Dartmouth, Sunny plans to double major in Government and Economics with a minor in Public Policy. He is a Staff News Writer for The Dartmouth, a Rockefeller Global Leadership Fellow, and treasurer of the Dartmouth Quest for Socioeconomic Engagement group. He is also a Great Issues Scholar, Daniel Webster Scholar, and a member of the First Year Student Enrichment Program. Outside of school, Sunny also enjoys playing and watching basketball, dancing Punjabi Bhangra, and participating in DOC trips.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Peter Charalambous '20

Peter Charalambous '20 graduated from Chaminade High School in New York in 2016. At Chaminade, Peter led the Speech and Debate Team, served as editor-in-chief of Tarmac, his school's newspaper, and worked with children and adults with special needs. As a debater, he earned many regional awards, was one of the top Public Forum debaters in New York State, and received the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Great Communicator Scholarship.

At Dartmouth, Peter plans to major in Government and History and minor in Public Policy. He works as a staff writer for The Dartmouth, competes on the Mock Trial Team, and cooks for Students Fighting Hunger. He has also been an Aaron and Daniel Webster Scholar as well as the Build Chairman for Homecoming. Outside of the classroom, Peter loves the outdoors and is an avid carpenter.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Victoria Meyer '20

Victoria Meyer ’20 grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated from BASIS Scottsdale as a National AP Scholar, having taken 19 AP exams. At BASIS, Victoria was Student of the Year in AP Calculus AB and AP Seminar. Additionally, she was president of Leadership Society, participated in Speech and Debate, and ran on the Track and Field team.

At Dartmouth, Victoria plans to pursue dual majors in Economics and Chemistry. She participates on the Parliamentary Debate Team, tutors peers in chemistry, and enjoys hiking in the surrounding area.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Tyler Baum '20

Tyler C. Baum ’20 grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the K12 International Academy. At K12, Tyler was the Co-Chairman of the Model United Nations club and the founding President of K12’s Student Council. He also played travel ice hockey and participated in the Spanish club, National Honors Society, and interned or volunteered on numerous national political campaigns, including Pat Toomey for Senate and Keith Rothfus for Congress. At Dartmouth, Tyler plans to pursue a major in Government with minors in Public Policy and Arabic.

As a First-Year Fellow, Tyler interned at The White House under the mentorship of Kevin Hudak ’07. As an Office of Political Affairs intern, Tyler provided daily news alerts and broader media coverage reports to staff members based on his analysis of national and local political sources. Additionally, he prepared research briefs to be presented to White House Senior Staff on national, statewide, and local topics that affected policy and the President’s agenda.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Jenna Salvay '20

Jenna Salvay ’20 comes from Palos Verdes Estates, California and graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School as an AP Scholar with Distinction and recipient of the Wellesley book award. Throughout high school, Jenna volunteered as a youth soccer coach and a reading and writing tutor. In addition, Jenna played on her club soccer team, the Los Angeles Galaxy. She also participated in high school organizations, such as Link Crew, Walk for Life Ambassadors, and Principle’s Advisory Committee.

At Dartmouth, Jenna plans to pursue a major in Economics with a minor in Public Policy and Environmental Studies. She is a member of the Dartmouth Women’s Club soccer team, volunteer for SIBS, a one-on-one mentor program, and participates in sustainability efforts on campus.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Jesus Franco '20

Jesus Franco ’20 grew up in southeast Los Angeles in South Gate, California and graduated from South Gate High School as an AP Scholar with Honors. At South Gate High, Jesus was Senior Class President, Vice President of the Policy Debate Team, and President of Key Club, a community service based organization.

At Dartmouth, Jesus is interested in studying Government and Economics with a minor in Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies. He is on the board of the Coalition for Immigration Rights, Equality, and Dreamers as Director of Finances and is also a member of the Club Swim.

As a First-Year Fellow, Jesus interned at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants under the mentorship of Jeff Kelley ’69. During his internship, Jesus spent most of his time working on a summer-long project to update a 2013 “Profile on the Modern Salvadoran Migrant”. Additionally, he was able to interview asylum applicants and create country condition reports.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Nicole Beckman ’20

Nicole Beckman ’20 is from Pelham, New York and graduated from Riverdale Country School. At Riverdale, Nicole was captain of the Mock Trial team which, under her leadership, ranked among the top 16 schools in New York City. She was also involved with Social Science Research, the Riverdale Admissions Office, and Student Government.

At Dartmouth, Nicole plans to pursue a major in Government and a minor in Public Policy. She is a member of the Dartmouth Mock Trial Team and Dartmouth College Democrats. Additionally, she is involved in outreach to prospective students as a Tour Guide with the Dartmouth Admissions Office and a member of Dimensions.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Will Barth '20

Will Barth comes from Ridgefield, Connecticut and graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2016 with high honors and as an AP Scholar with Distinction. In high school, Will was captain of the debate team, which he led to first place at state finals in 2016, as well as senior patrol leader and Eagle Scout in his local Boy Scout troop. He was also on the mock trial team, in orchestra and jazz band, and co-founder of the Robin Hood charity club.

At Dartmouth, Will plans to major in Government or History. He is on the mock trial team and volunteers with the DREAM mentorship program.

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