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Kaneisha Grayson Shares "5 Tips for Applying to Policy School"

Kaneisha Grayson is the founder of The Art of Applying, a company that provides coaching to students and professionals interested in MBA, MPP, and other fellowship programs. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and will be hosting a webinar on Sunday, October 20th for Dartmouth students. Interested students can RSVP here. In addition, we will be giving one FREE enrollment in the online "Hacking Harvard Kennedy School" during the webinar, so RSVP soon!

Kaneisha Grayson

5 Tips for Preparing to Apply for Policy School

Prof. Wheelan Talks About the Government Shutdown

In the wake of the recent government shutdown, Professor Charles Wheelan '88, a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center, has been making the media rounds to talk about the policy implications of the latest impasse between Democrats and Republicans. Along with Associate Professor of Government, Russell Muirhead, Prof. Wheelan penned an op-ed in Politico in which he discussed the reasons why Republicans and Democrats were acting the way they were, and ultimately concluded that President Obama could come up with a compromise if he agreed to cap the annual growth in health care spending at the rate of inflation. After the shutdown, Prof. Wheelan appeared on Minnesota Public Radio to talk about how moderates will now have the upper hand in the next round of negotiations. That interview can be heard here.

MLDP Recap: MLDP Explores the Great Outdoors with Bob Miller

Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information about MLDP, click here. 
MLDP participants had the special opportunity to hear from Bob Miller, the Holekamp Family Strength and Conditioning Coach for Dartmouth College Athletics. Mr. Miller brought his expertise in supervising and training athletes to the MLDP program through a series of fun outdoor exercises to teach participants how to lead through action.
We began by training one member of every group in compass navigation. From this, we progressed into the main activity for the night, which was to simulate a night of camping outdoors. Using directions on slips of paper given to us, we had to find our camping supplies before continuing on to find our campsite where we would set up camp for the night, and prepare to boil water for a morning cup of coffee.

Internship Opportunities at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette welcomes students from around the country to intern in the biggest journalism internship program in the United States. Edited by a trustee emeritus of Dartmouth College, the Gazette is interested in attracting Dartmouth applicants.
  Interns perform as regular staff members. They have the opportunity to either design page one or have their stories or pictures appear there. Each intern gets a mentor, plenty of personal attention, and unlimited opportunity.
  Specific intern responsibilities include writing, editing, taking pictures, designing pages, and working in multi-media and web platforms.
  Internships are available all four terms. A stronger preference is given for fall, winter, and spring positions. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hires multiple interns for each term. Last summer, the Post-Gazette hired 28 interns.
  Applications are accepted October 1 through December 31 for internships the following year. Applications should consist of a resume and work samples and should be sent to Linda Parker at

"Networking for a New Generation" Webinar Offered 10/20 - RSVP now to prepare for Recruiting; Searching for Internships

Ready for the interviews needed for jobs, internships, or graduate school? Not sure where to start your job search or how to get your foot in the door? The Rockefeller Center has a free workshop just for you! RSVP online here.

On Sunday, October 20th from 8-9:30 PM, Kaneisha Grayson, founder of The Art of Applying, will host a webinar on "Networking for a New Generation" for the Rockefeller Center. In this workshop, you will learn:

What to do if the Government Shutdown is Impacting Your Internship Application

As you may know, the United States federal government is currently shut down because Congress has failed to agree upon and pass a budget. Until a spending budget is passed, all non-essential services will be shut down. As a result, internship postings may be out of date or not posted, emails containing questions or application materials cannot be monitored, and interviews cannot be conducted for positions within the federal government. Other public policy and public affairs internships may be impacted by the shutdown as well.
While the shutdown may make securing a federal government internship difficult, the Rockefeller Center recognizes that such opportunities have been highly rewarding for past students and encourages students to pursue these opportunities. In order to ensure that students pursuing these internships will have the opportunity to receive funding, the Rockefeller Center is amending its application procedures as follows for internships affected by the shutdown:

RLF Recap: Leadership, Personal Development and the Feedback Cycle

This Thursday, the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Betsy Winslow of the Tuck School of Business to share with us her knowledge about leadership theory and giving proper feedback. Just as she does in her Comparative Models of Leadership class, Professor Winslow taught us about the four key components of leadership, which she believes can be mastered through attention and practice. These include personal excellence, effective situational control, motivating and developing people, and achieving results. 

Woven through each of these components were the important tips of planning ahead and adapting your leadership style to the situation at hand. To wrap up the discussion on leadership, we carried out role-plays simulating work conflicts between a supervisor and a manager. At the end of the session, Professor Winslow spoke to us about how to give feedback using the SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, timely) and SBIR (situation, behavior, impact, result) models. Overall, this material supplemented well the knowledge we had gained from the annual RLF leadership retreat the previous weekend.

Voxmasters Recap: A Call to Action

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read three student accounts of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

On Wednesday, October 2, several MLDP students attended the Rockefeller Center’s VoxMasters discussion group, which allows students to practice impromptu public speaking in a comfortable and casual environment. The group, led by Sarah Ogren ’16 and Shoshana Silverstein ’15, meets every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m.

Rocky Staff Bonds over Ropes Activity.

This past Sunday, over 40 Rockefeller Center Staff took part in a team building exercise at the Odyssey High Ropes Course at Storrs Pond Recreation Center. The Odyssey High Ropes Course is a linear rope course that is designed for a group of eight to complete simultaneously. As such, the course hopes that "participants acting as a group will share a more productive, fun, educational challenge course experience than participants in a traditional ropes course design".

RLF Recap: Letting Others Have It Your Way: The Art and Science of Negotiation

The 2013 RLF Retreat set a high bar for the excellence of the RLF program, marking the 13th year of Professor Brian Mandell’s unrelenting dedication to sharing his wisdom with us fellows. Even compared to the successes of past years, this year’s retreat was particularly insightful and inspiring. The first day underwent a few changes, emphasizing Mandell’s “Breakthrough Communication” exercise in place of other public speaking activities. As a result, the fellows were able to receive individualized feedback from the group and from Professor Mandell on their communication skills. Concepts that continued to come up were using intergenerational language, weaving in relevant anecdotes, and avoiding fillers, trailing tone, and conditional phrases like “to be frank.” The fellows spoke about their understandings of productive work, rewards, commitment, and future career goals. Day 1 also included a discussion about the millennial generation and an evening talent show.


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