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Notes from the Field: Jeeihn Lee '17

Jeeihn Lee '17 interned at Lambda Legal during the 2015 fall term. The following is adapted from her internship report.

Lambda Legal is the nation's oldest and largest legal advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve the full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those living with HIV primarily through impact litigation. The organization also engages in public education and advocacy to support the work of its legal department.

Going into the internship, Jeeihn hoped to learn more about the work of impact litigation advocacy groups and issues affecting the LGBT community in general.

Notes from the Field: Jacob Greenberg ’17

Jacob Greenberg '17 interned at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia during the 2015 fall term with the support from the Mr. E. John Rosenwald Jr. '52 Public Affairs Fund.

"One method for the U.S. Department of State to globally implement American foreign policy is by establishing a representative mission to a country with whom we wish to have diplomatic relations, usually via an embassy that is led by an Ambassador," Jacob says.

Going into his internship, Jacob hoped to achieve a more comprehensive “understanding of how the US implements foreign policy through embassies and members of the Foreign Service.”

As an intern in the political and economic sections of the American Embassy in Zagreb, Jacob’s responsibilities included monitoring the treatment and numbers of Syrian refugees, forecasting the impact of multiple outcome scenarios for the parliamentary national election, drafting talking points in support of the TPP, and creating educational presentations on American culture and life for Embassy members to present to the public at large.

Notes from the Field: Sam Libby ’17

Sam Libby ’17 interned at the National Economic Council during 2015 Fall Term. The following is adapted from his internship report.

The National Economic Council (NEC) is part of the Executive Office of the President and is the primary advisory body to the President on U.S. and global economic policy. The NEC also coordinates with state, local, and federal agencies on domestic and international economic issues along with spearheading many of the President’s economic initiatives.

As an intern, Sam worked with the skills policy group within the NEC, which handles workforce data sharing, licensing reform, the TechHire initiative, and other proposals that aim to help millions of Americans return to work. His days were filled with an array of meetings, research and analysis, and other office tasks.

More specifically, his team helped to provide disadvantaged youth, the long-term unemployed, veterans, and minorities with the necessary skills to succeed in the modern workplace.

Notes from the Field: Sarah Colon '17

Sarah Colon ’17 interned at New America during the 2015 fall term with support from the Peter McSpadden Public Affairs Fund.

New America is a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on a range of public policy issues, including international security, technology, asset building, health, gender, energy, education, and the economy. Its goal is to foster innovation, discussion, and implementation of new ideas in a world that is in constant evolution. Specifically, New America’s Health and Medicine Program concentrates on creating policy recommendations that will help better harness new technologies and confront changing health challenges.

As a Health Policy intern, Sarah’s responsibilities included writing blog posts for the website and articles for the Huffington Post, attending and writing summaries of events, updating social media, and drafting grant proposals. Sarah and her fellow interns also worked on a program proposal to expand the reach of New America by identifying and researching the most pressing health issues that the program should address.

Notes from the Field: Hannah Petrone '17

Hannah Petrone '17 interned at the Clinton Global Initiative during 2015 Fall Term as a John French Memorial Fund intern.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) was started 11 years ago as a means of assisting underprivileged areas around the world and holding global leaders accountable for promises made about their planned contributions to address the problems affecting these areas. To be a member of the organization depends on the development of a "Commitment to Action", which is an original, specific, and measurable charity plan. The staff at CGI organize events year-round to bring together these members, as well as other leaders from all sectors, including NGOs, nonprofits, and government, to both review the status of ongoing Commitments to Action as well as to discuss the most pressing challenges around the world and the most innovative ways to solve them.

Mini-Grants at work: Association for Moral Education Conference

The Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences relevant to the Rockefeller Center's mission as well as the costs of bringing speakers to the Dartmouth campus. A recent grant allowed Andrew Nalani ’16 to attend the 41st Annual Conference for the Association for Moral Education (AME) Conference in Santos, Brazil. Here is his first-hand account of the experience.

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Ryan Schiller '17

The Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program sends up to four Dartmouth undergraduates per term to Oxford University’s Keble College. As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, students take courses in the British tutorial system that count towards their majors. 

This past fall, Ryan Schiller ’17 participated in the economics exchange program at Keble; Ryan was one of four Dartmouth students on the program.  Ryan’s studies at Keble came in the form of two tutorials, one in public economics and one in international economics.  “I really enjoyed the tutorials,” Ryan said.  He said that he thought the tutorials were focused and specific, “almost like a PhD program.” He said that he appreciated the attention and specificity he faced at Keble with frequent one-on-one tutoring sessions, and that while they often didn’t cover the breadth that Dartmouth courses offer, the depth made them different and worthwhile educational experiences.

Notes from the Field: Hallie Huffaker '17

Hallie Huffaker '17 interned at the Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, United States Senate during 2015 Fall Term.

The office of US Senator Maria Cantwell works to best serve the constituents of Washington State, particularly in the areas of energy, natural resources and commerce. Senator Cantwell splits her time between hearings, briefings, speaking on the floor, meeting with constituents and interest parties and meeting with her staff.

As an intern, Hallie's specific responsiblities were to assist the office and the staffers. She answered constituents calls, and sorted and categorized mail to assign it to the correct staffer. She also assisted various staffers with policy research or letter writing and primarily worked with the staffer concerned with issues of education and the judiciary, which involves keeping up with current events, researching various bills to create or cosponsor and putting together memos. Interns were also in charge of giving guided capitol tours to constituents, and explaining to visitors how the Senate operates.

Faculty Research Grants in Action: Sienna Craig

Sienna Craig is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology. As a cultural anthropologist, the major focus of Professor Craig’s research, writing, and teaching is the social study of medicine. Her research often takes her to the Nepal Himalaya and Tibetan regions of China. During the fall term she sat down with Niki Bakhru ’17 for an interview to discuss her work, and how she was able to put to use a Rockefeller Center Faculty Research Grant she received.

Bakhru: Your research in Nepal dates back to your undergraduate education. What inspired your interest in this region?

The PBPL 85: Global Policy Leadership Class Travels to Israel and Jordan

PBPL 85 combines the study of public policy with an experiential learning opportunity abroad. The course begins in the classroom with Professor Charles Wheelan ’88 during the fall term. The topic studied this year was the U.S. strategy for revitalizing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The class then spent the first two weeks in December traveling to Israel and Jordan where they met with local policy leaders: politicians, academics, journalists, business leaders, U.S. diplomats, and other in-country experts who help inform their study of the topic.

“The importance of travel is twofold,” explains Wheelan, “One is this marriage of learning in the classroom and talking to people on the ground; and two, testing your hypotheses and listening to people who have very conflicting points of view.”


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