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Notes from the Field: Eliza Rockefeller ’17

Eliza Rockefeller interned at Environment Oregon during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Environment Oregon is a non-profit, statewide, citizen-based advocacy organization that lobbies for environmental policy on local, state and national levels. It is a member of Environment America, a national federation, and works together with the federation, other state chapters, and the Oregon Conservation Network to achieve victories in environmental conservation.

At Environment Oregon I worked on two campaigns, “Go Solar, Oregon,” promoting solar power in Oregon and “No Bees, No Food,” protecting bees and other key pollinators from toxic pesticides. I had two central assignments: researching and writing a report on solar power in Oregon’s 40 largest cities, and coordinating, publicizing and running an event for members to educate and engage them on the bees campaign.

Notes from the Field: Alex Leibowitz ’19

Alex Leibowitz interned with the House Foreign Affairs Committee-Democratic Staff during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of his experience in his own words.

This summer I had the opportunity to intern for the House Foreign Affairs Committee-Democratic Staff. The Foreign Affairs Committee-Democratic staff is under the supervision of the ranking member, Congressman Elliot Engel. The Committee considers legislation relating to a variety of topics including foreign assistance, trade, and treaties. Members on the Foreign Affairs Committee markup bills before they go to the floor of the House of Representatives for votes before all members of Congress. Finally, the Committee holds hearings where members hear from and question expert witnesses.

Notes from the Field: Alex Frye ’17

Alex Frye interned at the Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman '78 in Washington D.C. during the 2016 Summer Term. The following is a brief recap of his experience in his own words.

Several constituent services that I helped with included giving tours of the Capitol building, answering phone calls, sorting mail, and assisting with casework. I also helped set up and assist with our weekly constituent coffees where constituents could come into the office for breakfast and to talk with Senator Portman in person. In helping the communications staff, I composed news article summaries that were sent out to the office first thing each morning. I also researched different quotes and statistics regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA, which Senator Portman has been supporting for years and was finally passed in the summer. In addition, I transcribed speeches from the Senator. To assist other staffers, I drafted letters to be sent to constituents and wrote memos on hearings.

2016 Dartmouth Experiments Conference

In July, political scientist, New York Times contributor, and Dartmouth Professor of Government Brendan Nyhan organized the 2016 Dartmouth Experiments Conference. This two-day event brought together researchers who use quantitative data to investigate phenomena surrounding elections, voter behavior, and public opinion. As an intensive quantitative research workshop, the conference featured presentations of new findings and study designs by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty who study American politics.

Scholars from various backgrounds took advantage of this opportunity to collaborate and discuss the latest findings in their field, pooling together their own expertise with quantitative data.

Notes from the Field: Adaeze Nduaguba ’17

Adaeze Nduaguba ’17 interned at the White House during the 2016 summer term. The following is a brief recap of her experience as told in her internship report.

As a White House intern, I was assigned to the Policy Office of the Office of the First Lady, in which I was responsible for furthering the First Lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative. Let Girls Learn is the President’s and First Lady’s initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls attain a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.

My day-to-day responsibilities of drafting daily briefings and policy memos for the First Lady, conducting research, and assisting in the planning of Let Girls Learn national and international events were all aimed at supporting the broader initiative in an extremely fast-paced environment. The fast-paced nature of my internship taught me the importance of paying attention to detail and accuracy, as well as delivering quality work.

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Goes International

Three veteran Policy Research Shop students—Morgan Sandhu ’17, Apoorva Dixit ’17, and Meghana Mishra ’17, along with Kristen Delwiche, a second year medical student at Geisel School of Medicine, participated in a five-month project that tested their policy research skills, project management skills, and teamwork skills in an international setting—Pristina, Kosovo.

In a joint effort between the Rockefeller Center and the Dickey Center for International Understanding, funded through the inaugural round of support provided by the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), the four students were engaged in an advanced policy research seminar offered through the Rockefeller Center’s Public Policy Minor during the spring term.

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Jimmy Fair '18

Jimmy Fair ’18 considers the Rockefeller Center to be his “second home” at Dartmouth. Jimmy first became involved with the Rockefeller Center by taking PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy with Professor Ron Shaiko during his freshman winter. His involvement continued during his first year with participation the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors Program (D-LAB), the Rockefeller Peer Mentoring Program (RPMP), and selection into the First-Year Fellows program.

During his sophomore year he participated in the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP), and also began working for the Rockefeller Center as a Student Program Assistant for the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP).

As a program assistant, Jimmy’s main responsibilities were to send out vital communications with participants and head up the reflection and evaluation process. He spent the majority of his work time each week analyzing questionnaires and other forms of feedback in order to customize the program to student needs and attain the preset leadership objectives for the term.

2016 Mandela Washington Fellow: Rabiatou Harouna Moussa

Rabiatou Harouna Moussa Software Engineer, Orange Niger, Niger

Since childhood, Rabiatou Harouna Moussa has been passionate about technology and business. From playing with computer desktops and raptly watching “geeky” characters on television shows and movies, Rabiatou realized that she wanted to pursue a career in technology. After contemplating all of the the different careers and types of engineering that she could study, Rabiatou ultimately decided that she would go into software engineering. For her, engineering would be her way to develop the innovative tools needed to tackle her country’s issues and shape its future course.

“I am a dreamer,” says Rabiatou. “I strive to be the change that I want to see in my country.”

2016 Mandela Washington Fellow: Andile Bonginhlanhla Dube

Andile Bonginhlanhla Dube, Founder and Creative Director, Young Hustla Initiative, South Africa

Andile Bonginhlanhla Dube was troubled by the high levels of unemployment among young people in his home country, South Africa, where the educational system encouraged job seeking rather than job creation.

“Our society thinks that we need to encourage kids to go to school and get jobs, but the fundamental thing that we forget is if everyone is going to look for jobs, who is actually creating these jobs?” says Andile.

The concept of job creation was one of the major driving forces in his founding of the Young Hustla Initiative, where he and his team teach classes on entrepreneurship and business to underprivileged and previously disadvantaged young people and their communities. They feel that many young people have lost their sense of purpose and that young people need a “helping hand” to discover their true potential.

The Mandela Washington Fellows at Dartmouth

Dartmouth’s third summer as a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) host for a cohort of Mandela Washignton Fellows concluded in Washington, D.C. at the end of July. On campus, the program is a collaboration between the Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Dartmouth Center for Service, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Outdoor Programs Office, and the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN).


Read more about their experiences this summer in the Upper Valley and their perspectives on leadership, technology, education, and entrepreneurship in Africa in this Dartmouth News article.

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