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Jeremy Kaufman '12 selected as Rocky’s 2011-2012 CSPC Fellow

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Each year the Rockefeller Center works with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C. to enable one student from Dartmouth to participate in a unique fellowship program. CSPC Fellows attend two conferences during the academic year. At these policy workshops, Fellows discuss national issues with scholars and are briefed by senior government officials and nationally recognized public policy experts.

The Rockefeller Center has selected Jeremy Kaufman to be a CSPC Fellow in the 2011-2012 academic year. Jeremy grew up in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, and is a member of the Class of 2012. His earliest political memory is watching President Clinton’s impeachment in awe, fascinated by the notion of the most powerful person in the country being threatened with a loss of their job. At Dartmouth, Jeremy is pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Public Policy, emphasizing institutions and organizations. Last spring, he studied on the Government Department’s off-campus program in Washington DC interning at a lobbying firm and policy think tank working on a project involving electronic privacy rights. As well, he interned for the Lebanon District Court, writing a how-to manual for pro-se divorce litigants. On campus, he serves as the President of the College Democrats of New Hampshire and is a voting member on the NH Democratic Party Steering Committee and serves as a War & Peace Fellow. Last year, he Office presentation icontestified (PPT) before the NH House Elections Committee regarding PDF iconthird party ballot restrictions (PDF) as part of the Policy Research Shop and works as a Presidential Scholar in the economics department on a project involving Indian village growth. He hopes to pursue economic policy after graduation and will be interning at the New York Fed this summer.

The CSPC fellowship requires that each student research, write, and present an original paper on an issue of the modern presidency. Students have online access to the Center's award-winning Presidential Studies Quarterly and are eligible to participate in two essay contests, competing for publication in the annual anthology of the best Center Fellows' Papers. The Center provides professional mentors drawn from the public policy community and government to help the Fellows define their proposals. Mentors also guide their fellows in writing and editing of a paper that is brought to publishing standards during the academic year.

Since its inception, the Center Fellows Program has developed leadership and scholarship skills in more than 1,000 students, providing 3 of the 32 Rhodes Scholars in 2006 as well as numerous Fulbright, Gates, Marshall, and other scholarship and fellowship winners. Alumni of the Fellows Program are Capitol Hill and White House staffers, award winning journalists, CEOs of corporations and non-profit organizations, senior military leaders, and university deans and vice-presidents. To learn more about the program, visit the CSPC website. For application information, visit the Rockefeller Center’s CSPC page.

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