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

Meet the 16W Rockefeller Center Student Staff

Student Program Assistants

The 16W Rockefeller Center’s Student Program Assistants. Photo by Sally Kim '16 

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The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center of Public Policy, otherwise known as Rocky, offers a public policy minor, public programs, leadership programs, mentoring programs, funding opportunities, and much more for undergraduate students.  Offering all of this takes an impressive effort from not only the staff, but also the 25 to 30 termly student program assistants that work with the staff on everything from social media outreach to serving as the review board for mini-grant funding to maintaining the Center’s database.  Some student program assistants participate in the development of leadership programming, such as the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP), Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) and Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (D-LAB), while others facilitate student discussion groups on entrepreneurial leadership, policy and politics, and public speaking skills, and still others assist with the Center’s marketing through photography and graphic design.  There is no one experience working as a student program assistant for the Rockefeller Center, because there are so many different things that it accomplishes. 

On January 4th, the staff and student program assistants met in the Rockefeller Center’s Class of 1930 room to discuss the coming term and participate in a team building exercise.  Prior to the meeting, the staff had posted large pieces of paper around the room with the factors that need to be present in order to optimize performance in a workplace: Flexibility, Responsibility, Standards, Rewards, Clarity, and Team Commitment.  Student program assistants and staff worked together for the rest of the meeting determining how leaders and teammates could best embody each one, and shared examples from past experiences.  The meeting closed with a word from deputy director Sadhana Hall and a description of the public programs to come in 16W. 

We hope to see you around Rocky this term, and if you are interested in working for the Center, keep an eye out for the annual spring term hiring campaign for the 2016-2017 academic year, or contact Elizabeth Celtrick to find out more.

~Written by Doug Phipps '17, Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for Communications and Student Outreach 

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