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

Internships

Preparation Meets Opportunity

If, as the Roman philosopher Seneca observed, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” then the Rockefeller Center is all about creating moments of luck for Dartmouth students. 

Although funding is a key ingredient that makes a leave-term internship experience possible for many students, the Rockefeller Center is equally focused on offering programs that fully prepare students to succeed in those opportunities.

For many students, a leave-term internship experience is their first time in a professional environment.

“Navigating an internship can be nerve-wracking for a college student,” says Barbara Olachea ’19. “Rocky helped me acquire new ways of thinking and habits that proved useful during my internship. I came into my internship confident of my abilities to communicate efficiently with my supervisor and co-workers, as well as empowered to make the most of my time in the office by advocating for myself and showing initiative, especially at the beginning.”

Notes from the Field: Caroline Berens '18

Caroline Berens '18 interned with the New York State Division of Human Rights for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the New York State Division of Human Rights in its regional office in Brooklyn. The Division’s primary role is investigating complaints of discrimination that New York citizens file regarding either employment or housing. The Brooklyn office only dealt with employment discrimination, which meant that I investigated complaints of people who said they had been discriminated against when applying for a job, while working at a job, or after being terminated from a job. The discrimination clause of the New York Human Rights Law covers various protected classes, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, etc.

Notes from the Field: Ben Goodman '18

Ben Goodman '18 interned in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Sherrod Brown for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Notes from the Field: Barbara Olachea '19

Barbara Olachea '19 interned with the Brave New Films Foundation for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the summer of 2017, I completed an internship with the Brave New Films Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to capturing the stories of individuals negatively affected by public policy, turning their narratives into thought-provoking films, and seeking to make local community members and national audiences agents of change in their communities. As a “shorts” production intern, I had the opportunity to work directly with a team of producers on the different stages of development of these short and informational films that Brave New Films has become famous for on YouTube and other channels of information. The Foundation is cognizant of the importance of utilizing media as a medium through which to educate viewers who may not have considerable knowledge or background about current issues that are plaguing our society, such as mass incarceration and our immigration system.

Notes from the Field: Aaron Cheese '18

 Aaron Cheese '18 interned at the Manchester office of US Senator Maggie Hassan during the 2017 Summer Term with support from the Perkins Bass '34 Fund. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Notes from the Field: Abhilasha Gokulan '18

Abhilasha Gokulan '18 interned with the Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) during the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I worked at the Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). Established in the 1960s, PDS is federally funded and provides legal representation to indigent adults and juveniles facing incarceration in the District of Columbia. Although PDS has several divisions, I mainly worked in the Parole Division and the Trial Division. In the Parole Division, I worked with clients who violated a term of their Parole conditions and were usually incarcerated while awaiting a Final Revocation Hearing before the Parole Commission. In the Trial Division, PDS tends to represent those adults facing Felony 1 cases or the most serious types of case.

Notes from the Field: Annie Phifer '20

Annie Phifer '20 interned with the American Enterprise Institute for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the summer of 2017, I had the exciting opportunity to intern in the editorials and publications department at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC. AEI is a public policy think tank dedicated to free enterprise, open debate, intellectual freedom, and the defense of human dignity. AEI’s scholars produce an outpouring of research on a wide variety of subjects; the editorial department’s job is to maintain AEI’s credibility by ensuring this work meets the highest editorial standards before public release. As an intern in this department, I edited and proofread online publications, reports, event materials, biographies, summaries, blog posts, and other projects. I also meticulously fact checked event materials and researched scholars, experts, and speakers for AEI reports. Most notably, I catalogued over 1300 works by AEI’s scholars to create an internal master publication database that could be accessed online.

Notes from the Field: Marcus Thompson '19

Marcus Thompson ’19 interned with the Naval History and Heritage Command for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past spring, I had the opportunity to intern at the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) which is an Echelon II command of the US Navy dedicated to supporting the Navy’s mission through public affairs, historical analysis, and direct mission support. While interning at NHHC, I was able to contribute to all aspects of this mission. Working out of the Naval library and archives at the Washington Naval Yard, I accessed exclusive primary sources and official histories otherwise unavailable to the public. During my internship, I worked with Dr. John Sherwood, an expert in Naval operations in the Vietnam War and in Libya. He has been an invaluable teacher and mentor. I am confident my research, historical writing, and grasp of military history have improved immensely due to this internship.

Notes from the Field: Priya Sankar '19

Priya Sankar ’19 interned with the Brookings Institution for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Notes from the Field: Katherine Royce ’19

Katherine Royce ’19 interned with EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) for the Spring 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the spring of 2017, I completed a health and policy internship with EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), a nonprofit research organization which uses the principles of local conservation and scientific inquiry to protect global health from the emergence of disease. By researching the interfaces between human, wildlife, and environmental health, EHA develops science and policy methods to prevent pandemics. I was assigned to work with the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to review the U.S. effort to strengthen national biodefense. In 2015, the Panel issued a set of recommendations to Congress, with the goal of improving U.S. capacity to prevent and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease, whether naturally occurring or intentionally introduced. During my internship, I assisted the Panel in researching how these recommendations had been implemented by federal and state governments and the agricultural industry, and my work will appear in its forthcoming report.

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