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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SASHA KOKOSHINSKIY '22

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Sasha Kokoshinskiy '22 interned at the Clayton Christensen Institute during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past fall, I interned at the Clayton Christensen Institute. As stated on the Clayton Christensen Institute’s website, “The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing problems.” 

As part of the remote internship at the Institute, I carried out a variety of tasks. I created tweets for past blog posts, conducted several research-oriented tasks, categorized all of the institute’s blogs, added a number of market-creating innovations to the think tank’s database, and took the preliminary steps in helping develop a data-driven innovative scorecard that evaluates (and “scores”) existing and potential market-creating innovations. I really appreciated the sense of individuality that I had in terms of overseeing a personal project. My personal project concerned a data-drive scorecard (which I helped develop) which ranks several potential (and existing) market-creating innovations. This project was extremely interesting and demanding and helped me learn so much about economic development as an economic scholar. 

I plan to use my new familiarity with economic development in a variety of academic and professional pursuits. At Dartmouth, I look forward to using the knowledge that I acquired throughout this internship in a variety of economics-related discussions, conversations, and seminars, and apply more modern-day approach and thought to the various problems that we try to solve in class. I hope to incorporate this type of thinking into the classroom to supplement theory with practical application. As someone concerned for the global economy, I hope to conduct a project evaluating how legal changes can dictate the extent to which prosperity actually occurs in various countries, and as someone who is now fascinated by coding, I hope to pursue a data-driven career, as this internship has demonstrated that big data is becoming an increasingly important and integral part of society, as it not only helps track market trends at CCI, but has a profound global impact by dictating international policy. 

I would like to thank the donors, volunteers, and staff at the Rockefeller Center for making this internship possible. I still find it hard to believe that I had the opportunity to work at an economic think tank after only two years of college, but am truly thankful, humbled, and honored by everyone’s support! 

The Rockefeller Internships Program has funding for Dartmouth undergraduate students to help defray the cost of living expenses associated with a full-time, unpaid, leave-term internships in the fields of public policy, public affairs, and social entrepreneurship.

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