Each year the Rockefeller Center works with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress [CSPC] in Washington, D.C. to enable one student from Dartmouth to participate in a unique fellowship program. As a CSPC Fellow students attend two conferences during the academic year. At these policy workshops, Fellows discuss national issues with scholars and are briefed by senior government officials and nationally recognized public policy experts.
Maureen Mentrek is a junior at Dartmouth College pursuing a major in Government and a minor in Public Policy. She is currently an intern in Washington D.C. in the Counselor to the Chief Justice's Office Judicial Internship Program at the United States Supreme Court. In the summer of 2013, Maureen was a Rockefeller Center First Year Fellow where she worked in health policy at the Center for Perinatal Advocacy at Providence Hospital. Additionally, Maureen completed Civic Skills Training and the Management and Leadership Development program with distinction. On campus, Maureen is an active and visible student leader where she is Director of the First Year Trips Program and Captain of the Hanover Crew, serves on the executive board the Sigma Delta Sorority, is a student program assistant for the Rockefeller Center Peer Mentoring Program, and is an Undergraduate Advisor. She is from Rocky River, Ohio and graduated from Laurel School earning the distinctions of National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar, Academic All-American, and Academic All-Ohio. After Dartmouth, Maureen hopes to exercise her advocacy skills in the public or private sectors and attend law school.
A 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar, Shoshana Silverstein was homeschooled in Hyde Park, Vermont. After working to overturn a rule limiting homeschoolers' participation on sports teams at the local high school, Shoshana competed on the Varsity softball team and was captain of the Varsity Nordic Ski team and cross-country running team. She also attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts as a classical pianist, receiving the Fine Arts Award. At Dartmouth she is a Government major and Public Policy minor, conducting research on constitutional development in Sub-Saharan Africa as a James 0. Freedman Presidential Scholar and spending part of her junior winter interim period in India studying economic policy reform. She is an executive editor for the Dartmouth Law Journal, a program assistant at the Rockefeller Center where she leads the public speaking group VoxMasters and works in the Policy Research Shop, and a Dickey Center for International Studies War and Peace Fellow. Last winter, she interned in D.C. for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Shoshana is interested in civil and human rights law and plans to pursue a J.D. and Masters in Public Policy after graduation.
Joseph Singh is a junior pursuing a major in Government and a minor in Public Policy. He is from Toronto, Canada and graduated from the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, BC, where he attended on full scholarship. At Dartmouth, Joseph is a member of the Dartmouth Aires, works as a writing tutor in the Student Center for Research Writing and Information Technology (RWIT) and is a War and Peace Fellow at the Dickey Center. He is currently a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar in government, conducting research on triggers of genocide and mass killing. Joseph has interned at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Policy Directions Inc., a D.C.-based lobbying firm. This past summer, he completed an internship for New American Security, where he contributed to research on an array of defense policy topics, including the strategic implications of emerging drone technology. His writing has appeared in Foreign Policy and TIME. This past fall, he studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science on the Government foreign study program.
Adrian Ferrari is a member of the Class of 2014 and is from Los Altos Hills, California. At Dartmouth, he hopes to major in Government and Economics, with a minor in Public Policy. Over the summer he served as a judicial intern to Judge John Mott ’81 of the D.C. Superior Court. Adrian also serves as a policy analyst and researcher for the Policy Research Shop and the LGBT liaison on Dartmouth’s Inter-Community Council. After graduating from Dartmouth, Adrian hopes to either attend law school or write for Jon Stewart, whichever he feels will allow him to best participate in the political process.
Jeremy Kaufmann grew up in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and is a member of the Class of 2012. His earliest political memory is watching President Clinton's impeachment in awe, fascinated by the notion of the most powerful person in the country being threatened with a loss of their job. At Dartmouth, Jeremy is pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Public Policy, emphasizing institutions and organizations. Last spring, he studied on the Government Department's off-campus program in Washington DC interning at a lobbying firm and policy think tank working on a project involving electronic privacy rights. As well, he interned for the Lebanon District Court, writing a how-to manual for pro-se divorce litigants. On campus, he serves as the President of the College Democrats of New Hampshire and is a voting member on the NH Democratic Party Steering Committee and serves as a War & Peace Fellow. Last year, he testified before the NH House Elections Committee regarding third party ballot restrictions as part of the Policy Research Shop and works as a Presidential Scholar in the economics department on a project involving Indian village growth. He hopes to pursue economic policy after graduation and will be interning at the New York Fed this summer.
Read Jeremy's Presidential Fellowship Paper here.
Joshua Roselman grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and is a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2011.
A children’s biography of Teddy Roosevelt first sparked his passion for the American presidency, and spent his childhood poring over presidential autobiographies, historical narratives and foreign policy books.
At Dartmouth Joshua is pursuing majors in Government and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, studying abroad in Beijing and London. Outside the classroom, he serves as the Day Managing Editor for The Dartmouth and is an Executive Editor for the Dartmouth Law Journal. He also spends his time working as a James O. Freedman Presidential Scholar and completing research assistance in the Government Department.Joshua has also had the opportunity to indulge his interest in public affairs outside Dartmouth. Last Spring he worked as a Governance Studies intern at The Brookings Institution, studying Fourth Amendment rights and Guantanamo Bay. He also served as an administrative assistant at his local Bar Association, where he worked to provide local community members with legal aid and pro bono assistance. His plans after Dartmouth include law school, and eventually to work as a diplomat for the State Department.
Read Joshua's Presidential Fellowship Paper here.
Cathy's interest in the CSPC program is fueled by the belief that there is "no burden of responsibility on any public service role greater than that of the President of the United States. The President provides an integral part of the American identity, representing a tangible connection with which other citizens of the world are able to associate as being American. The sensitive nature of this platform can never be underestimated, and an institution such as the Center for the Study of the Presidency is an invaluable resource to aid executive leadership and promote public awareness of its agenda. The CSP provides critical information to counsel the White House and the Executive branch in order to help strengthen Presidential leadership. The opportunity to work closely with an organization whose main mission is to generate innovative solutions."
Cathy spent her childhood in Texas and grew up as a self-described " confused yet inquisitive Asian-American girl who spoke with a slight southern drawl." Of her time at Dartmouth she writes "One of the best moments of my life was the day I was accepted to Dartmouth College, which my Dimensions host described as a ‘rare jewel' among the Ivies, and I have never been happier anywhere else since. No other school offers the same research opportunities to undergraduate students as Dartmouth has." Cathy is working on a double major in Government, with a focus on international relations, and Economics, with a focus on developing international economics. Her future goals include a degree in public interest law and a career in public service work. Cathy is also an Admissions Office Tour Guide, a member of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and Community Service Committee chair of Link Up. She completed a Politics and Law Fellowship with Professor Lisa Baldez during her sophomore summer, researching topics in electoral gender quotas.
This unique fellowship requires that each student research, write, and present an original paper on an issue of the modern presidency. Students have online access to the Center's award-winning Presidential Studies Quarterly and are eligible to participate in two essay contests, competing for publication in the annual anthology of the best Center Fellows' Papers. The Center provides professional mentors drawn from the public policy community and government to help the Fellows define their proposals. Mentors also guide their fellows in writing and editing of a paper that is brought to publishing standards during the academic year.
Since its inception, the Center Fellows Program has developed leadership and scholarship skills in more than 1,000 students, providing 3 of the 32 Rhodes Scholars in 2006 as well as numerous Fulbright, Gates, Marshall, and other scholarship and fellowship winners. Alumni of the Fellows Program are Capitol Hill and White House staffers, award winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders, and university deans and vice-presidents. To learn more about how you can apply for this program, or the CSPC see the Center's Center for the Study of the Presidency student opportunity page, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress homepage.
Last Updated: 5/20/15