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

The First-Year Fellows Program: Public Policy in Action

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The First-Year Fellows program places rising sophomore students into summer policy internships in Washington, D.C. Working with Dartmouth alumni mentors, students gain valuable professional experience, live with their peers, and develop leadership, writing and critical thinking skills.

Three prerequisites are necessary before students can apply for the program. During the 2017 winter term, prospective First-Year Fellows must take Public Policy 5: Introduction to Public Policy. Students must also complete a social science statistical methods course during any term of their first year and participate in the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program during winter term.

Program applications are available at the beginning of spring term, and selections are made during the last week of April. Prior to their eight-week internship, Fellows are equipped with all the tools to succeed professionally and get the most out of a public policy internship. Students participate in the Center’s rigorous Civic Skills Training both on campus and in Washington, D.C. This intensive program teaches public speaking, networking, project management, and much more.

Fellows are matched with Dartmouth alumni mentors who are involved in several segments of the training. Mentors provide Fellows advice about career paths, what to do in the nation’s capital, and how to prepare for life after graduation. From Capitol Hill to non-profits to federal agencies, Fellows encounter a diverse range of experiences and opportunities.

For more information about the First-Year Fellows program, contact Program Officer Sam Williamson or Professor Ron Shaiko, Rm 204, Rockefeller Hall.

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