Consider the popular Civic Skills Training that the Rockefeller Center offers in June for First-Year students. This five-day intensive program takes place in Washington, DC, and will help you gain valuable workplace skills before your first day on the job. An application is required as spaces are limited, as well as a secured paid or unpaid internship. This internship does not have to be public policy-related, nor does it have to be funded by the Rockefeller Center. We encourage all First-Year students to apply who have internship commitments. Upper-class students are encouraged to register for the Management & Leadership Development Program (MLDP). The Rockefeller Center offers similar on-campus workshops open to all students. To learn more visit the student workshops page.
CST is designed to both inform students about the structures and processes of the political world, as well as provide the tangible skills necessary to excel in their internships and beyond.
If selected, you will attend four on-campus training sessions in the spring term and go to Washington, DC, for a four-day training session in June. The Rockefeller Center gives $250 towards the cost of round-trip travel to and from DC and provides your accommodations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The training includes meetings and sessions around the city, and provides an excellent opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with our Nation's Capitol. The location is especially helpful for those students whose internships are located in the DC area.
The curriculum for each of the five training days builds cumulatively in order to provide a comprehensive, and coherent picture of the public and nonprofit sectors. You will participate in workshops on such topics as:
Goal setting and program management
Workplace skills and professionalism
You will also have the opportunity to meet with Dartmouth alumni and other professionals working in the civic sector. They will provide you with valuable contacts, insights, and perspectives. Below is a sampling of the types of organizations from which we draw our trainers:
Media and communications agencies
The legislative and executive branches of government
Robin Frye, Program Coordinator for Co-Curricular Programs
Last Updated: 2/11/13