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

Class of 2018

Notes from the Field: Noah Goldstein '18

Noah Goldstein '18 interned at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the 2016 Fall Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report

During the fall of 2016 I worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce – Trade Administration & Commercial Services in the U.S. Embassy at London as an international trade assistant. The organization is the trade branch of the government and, as this one was based in the UK, was responsible for encouraging U.S. exports to the UK. Through the Obama administration’s SelectUSA policy, the organization also has the added responsibility of encouraging FDI, or foreign direct investment, from the UK going into the US. Thus, any UK companies looking to set up an office in the U.S. can go to Commercial Services to receive support. Commercial Services acts as a middle man between interested US companies and actors in the markets in the UK, often coordinating meetings between the two. For example, firms trying to sell a product in the UK are often able to get in a room of around 30 potential clients/distributors and pitch their product, thanks to the efforts of my office.

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Ashley Dotson ‘18

Ashley Dotson ’18 first became involved with the Rockefeller Center by participating in the Global Leadership Development Program (RGLP) her sophomore winter and then participating in the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) the following spring. She found her experience with RGLP to be “interesting and rewarding.” Thus, she continued staying involved with the Rockefeller Center and now works as a Student Program Assistant for MLDP.

Ashley remembers a conversation she had with Sadhana Hall, Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Center, her sophomore fall about the importance of leadership and the different ways she can become more involved with Rocky. According to Ashley, she was drawn to MLDP because “it is a unique program at the Rockefeller Center that reaches out to a variety of students. MLDP influences all of campus, especially within student organizations because many student leaders choose to participate in MLDP.” Ashley also enjoys how her position allows her to meet people from different areas of Dartmouth’s community, which shows the vast impact the program has on campus.

Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Student: David Tramonte ’18

Through the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program, up to four Dartmouth undergraduates can attend University of Oxford’s Keble College each term. As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, students take courses in the British tutorial system that can count towards their major. David Tramonte ’18, a Government major and Public Policy minor, participated in this program in the fall of 2016.

David has been involved with the Rockefeller Center as a First-Year Fellow and as both a participant and Student Program Assistant for the Management and Leadership Development Program. This is where he first became aware of the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program. It specifically interested him because of the dynamic history and scholarly atmosphere Oxford affords its students. The exchange provided David his first study abroad experience.

Notes from the Field: Faith Rotich ’18

Faith Rotich interned at the World Justice Project during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of her experience in her own words.

I think my internship at the World Justice Project this past summer was an excellent opportunity not only for my professional advancement, but also for my personal growth.  My role was centered around establishing the relationship between the rule of law and socio-economic development around the world. As a student interested in a career in economic development, I learned about the different ways in which lack of, or limited access to the rule of law impedes the improvement of standards of living and economic development in general.

The Thought Project: The Value of A Liberal Arts Education

A few weeks ago, The Thought Project was joined by Professor Gaposchkin for a dinner discussion on the importance of a liberal arts education. As was rightly noted, most of us in the room already were already convinced of its critical role. Nevertheless, it was a welcome opportunity to pause and reflect on bigger questions that normally escape us during busy terms. At the dinner’s conclusion, I was left with perhaps more questions than I had at its beginning, but still felt as if I had progressed just by welcoming these new questions for contemplation.

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Arati Gangadharan ’18

Arati Gangadharan ’18 first became involved with the Rockefeller Center through her participation in the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) and the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) during her sophomore winter and fall.

“RGLP was one of the most phenomenal parts of my Dartmouth experience,” said Arati. “I am interested in global health initiatives and the program gave me a way to grow in terms of my global mindedness. “

Following her completion of RLGP, Arati began working for the Rockefeller Center as a Student Program Assistant for MLDP during her sophomore spring. She hoped to enhance her interpersonal skills and become more approachable in initial encounters through her interactions with MLDP participants. She cites her work as a student assistant, such as when she has to speak and motivate program participants, as playing a key role in her ability to speak more effectively to large audiences. 

She describes her supervisor and MLDP Program Officer Robin Frye as a helpful and understanding person who gives her student coordinators “room to grow and improve in a secure space.”

Jessica Kocan ’18 on Management and Leadership

The Management and Development Program (MLDP) gives students a mix of theory and practical skills presented by accomplished experts who share the secrets to success for all leadership and management endeavors.

Jessica Kocan ’18, an Asian and middle Eastern Studies (AMES) major, participated in MLDP during her sophomore fall of 2015. She elected to get involved with MLDP, because she wanted to improve her leadership skills and to be able to apply them in future internships and career paths. 

Jessica interned in Washington, D.C. this past spring with the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy research institute. During her internship, the skills on how to write professional emails and how to communicate appropriately in a workspace really came in handy. 

"From the start, I felt very comfortable communicating with my supervisor via email," says Jessica, "because during MLDP we spent time actually practicing critical communication skills for establishing professional relationships."

Ho-Chun Herbert Chang '18 attends the NIME international conference in Australia

My excitement to attend NIME 2016 (New Interfaces for Musical Expression), at least for 36 hours prior, was in constant turmoil against turbulence, tight transfers half way across the world, and the significant work attached. Hosted this year between July 10 to 14 in Brisbane Australia, NIME is an annual five-day international conference that brings together researchers, musicians, composers and interested students to discuss new technologies and their musical implementations.

Raphael Hviding '18 Attends the “Active Galactic Nucleus: What’s in a name?” Conference

The “Active Galactic Nucleus: What’s in a name?” Conference was an extremely valuable experience. Being immersed in frontier science for an entire week served as just as much of a challenge as regular class, with the added excitement that much of what I was learning had never been known before. This was only enhanced by the fact that I could then go on to have one on one interactions with many of these brilliant minds to delve deeper into their experience in the field. The amount to which they would express their knowledge and enthusiasm for AGN is a testament to their vast experience in astronomy. From them I learned about theories and extragalactic ideas I had never even heard about, much less understood. I watched them tear down these very same theories in discussions with dozens of scientists, an immense collaboration in an effort to bore down to the physical truth present at the center of the galaxies in our universe. It was, with no understatement, watching science happen. It felt like watching Thompson, Rutherford, and Bohr argue about their models of the atom, except without the hindsight of history there was no way to know who is more right than the others.

Rocky Hosts Students from Phillip Exeter Academy

On Wednesday, July 20, the Rockefeller Center facilitated a visit to Dartmouth’s campus for 26 students in Phillip Exeter Academy’s Charles J. Hamm Leadership Program. The students from the program came from across the globe, including countries such as Venezuela and Australia.

The Leadership Program is a selective part of Exeter Summer School where Exeter provides students with the opportunity to live on campus and take classes for five weeks in the summer. In the program, students are submerged in a learning environment designed to foster reflection upon what enables effective leadership and to develop their own leadership abilities through academic coursework, study of leadership theory, examination of the lives of historical leaders, group excursions across New England, and practical team-based projects.

Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant Audrey Zheng ’18, who planned the visit along with other Rockefeller Center staff, said that the purpose of the Exeter visit to Dartmouth was to both introduce high school students to our campus as well as to give the students “a sneak peek at what active engagement in leadership learning looks like in college.”


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