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

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Sarah Ogren ‘16

Sarah Ogren

Sarah Ogren ’16 is the student program assistant for the Rockefeller Center's Student Mini-Grants.

Sarah Ogren ’16 is the student program assistant for the Rockefeller Center's Student Mini-Grants, leading a biweekly committee of other student program assistants through discussions on student funding proposals to attend conferences and hold campus events. “I appreciate the opportunity to lead a committee that makes an impact on campus,” Sarah says.  “Mini-Grants supports campus events and allows students to attend conferences that help people learn more about their passions.”

Prior to her work with Student Mini-Grants, Sarah worked for the Rockefeller Center as the VoxMasters student program assistant for two years.  She says that she has served in a facilitator role for both jobs, even though they are very different programs.  “VoxMasters is about helping individuals become better at public speaking, whereas in Mini-Grants I lead the committee to decide on applications.” 

There are two important things she loves in her work at Rocky, regardless of the specific job: the professional work environment and the amazing staff. “I appreciate the fact that you get real world experience, which will be useful in future jobs,” Sarah says.  “Also, the staff is just a great group of people to work with.” 

“Sarah has done a great job with the Student Mini-Grants program this year,” says supervisor Lynn Spencer.  “She’s been extremely professional, respectful, and organized in promoting committee members to voice their opinions and making them feel proud of what they have accomplished.”

Outside of the Rockefeller Center, Sarah is a big sib for the SIBS mentorship program and studies economics and public policy.  Next year, she will be working at a data-consulting firm in Washington, D.C, where she will get to apply what she’s learned at Rocky to a full time job. 

Submitted by Doug Phipps, Student Program Assistant for Student Outreach and Communications

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