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

Class of 2019 First-Year Fellow: Sander Kushen

Sander Kushen '19 is interested in studying public policy. 

Sander Kushen '19 and First-Year Fellows at an alumni reception in Washington, D.C. Photo by Laurie DeWitt. 

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Alexander (Sander) Kushen ’19 comes from Orange County, California and graduated from Tesoro High School as a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. Sander was honored as his high school’s male athlete of the year, along with a perpetual award named after him (the Kushen award), which is given to a Cross Country athlete for strong academic and athletic performance.

Although his major at Dartmouth is currently undecided, Sander is interested in the study of public policy.

As a First-Year Fellow, Sander interned in the Office of Representative Ann McLane Kuster ’78.  Besides the routine administrative tasks normally assigned to interns, Sander was able to help the office staffers by attending briefings, hearings, and other informational meetings and taking notes for them. He also wrote congratulatory letters to constituents, did research for the legislative assistants, and wrote press releases.

“The legislative work in the Office of Congresswoman Kuster was undoubtedly some of the most important writing I have ever done, and I plan on bringing the same level of professionalism to my assignments at Dartmouth and any other work I have in the future,” shares Sander.

His experience also left him impressed with the power of optimism in the workplace. “There are many merits to an outgoing attitude and to showing initiative.”

On campus, Sander is a Student Program Assistant for the Rockefeller Center’s VoxMasters Student Discussion Group and has continued his passion for running with Dartmouth’s Cross Country and Track Teams. 

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