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

Class of 2020

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.

Introducing the Class of 2020 First-Year Fellows

Since 2007, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center has offered first-year students and Dartmouth alumni a dynamic program called First-Year Fellows (FYF). This program provides first-year students the opportunity to engage in public policy early in their Dartmouth careers.

For students the program starts on campus during the fall and winter terms as potential participants are required to take PBPL 5: Introductory to Public Policy and a research methods course. They are also expected to participate in the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program. 

During the spring term, Fellows are selected through a competitive application and interview process and then matched with an alumni mentor and placement organization best suited to their academic and career interests.

DLAB Leadership With Others

The third session of D-LAB on January 30, 2017 was titled “Leadership With Others.” This session shifted from focusing on individual’s values to how these values interact with the surrounding communities. Prior to this session, participants had close friends select the five values they thought best described them. The session began with participants discussing in pairs whether the values their friends chose matched the values participants chose for themselves. This conversation allowed participants to reflect on how their values may be seen by others within different social and academic contexts.

The group then came together as a whole to discuss the quote by Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Specifically, our group talked about how this quote was more applicable in high school, when one’s family was the people one spent the most time with; however, in college, the five people one spends the most time with may be incredibly different individuals from a variety of places on campus.  

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