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

Prepare for Upcoming Internships By Attending Training in Washington, DC This June - Application Deadline for CST is Thursday, 4/26

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We receive consistent feedback from our internship supervisors that students are well-prepared and ready to be a productive member of their internship host organization for 8 - 10 weeks.  Participating in skills-building workshops and trainings offered on campus are ways to build that capacity, and specific programs that the Rockefeller Center offers and recommends as you prepare for internships include our Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) and our Civic Skills Training (CST).  Civic Skills Training is offered in June, and only available to first-year students.  This year, we will be in DC from June 11-15th.  Read more about CST here.

In addition to the 20 First-Year Fellows, the Center offers up to 10 more spots for first-year students to attend our Civic Skills Training in Washington, DC.  In order to attend CST, you are required to have an internship secured for the summer.  It does not need to be a public policy internship, and it does not need to be an internship that the Center is funding.  We know from past experience that interns in every field have found the topics we cover in the training to be beneficial.

The curriculum for each of the five training days builds cumulatively in order to provide a comprehensive, and coherent picture of the public and nonprofit sectors. You will participate in workshops on such topics as:

  • Public speaking
  • Networking
  • Messaging and communication
  • Goal setting and program management
  • Workplace skills and professionalism

You will also have the opportunity to meet with Dartmouth alumni and other professionals working in the civic sector. They will provide you with valuable contacts, insights, and perspectives. Below is a sampling of the types of organizations from which we draw our trainers:

  • Media and communications agencies
  • Think tanks
  • Lobby groups
  • The legislative and executive branches of government

The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 26th for the June 2012 program.  You can do so by completing the application online.  Please contact Robin Donovan if you have any questions.

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