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Notes from the Field: Jonas Stakeliunas '20

Jonas Stakeliunas '20 interned with the Republic of Lithuania permanent mission to the United Nations in New York City​ for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This winter, I completed my internship at the Republic of Lithuania permanent mission to the United Nations in New York City. The Lithuanian mission is relatively small (7 diplomats and 2 administrative workers), and I was the only intern for half of my time there. As part of a small group, I had the pleasure of assisting all of the Lithuanian diplomats and got a chance to get hands on experience on every type of topic related to the United Nations. 

Notes from the Field: Yifan He '20

Yifan He '20 interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the winter of 2018, I interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) through the Student Honors Program in Washington, DC. I was part of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, which aims to incorporate economics and data to both inform policy-making and facilitate investigations that lead to enforcement actions. More specifically, I worked with two offices: the Office of Markets, a rulemaking office that provides economic analyses on proposed market rules, and the Office of Structural Disclosure, an office that makes data more transparent and accessible to the public. 

Notes from the Field: Peter Charalambous '20

Peter Charalambous '20 interned for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO SDNY) for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report. 

This winter I had the privilege of interning for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO SDNY), one of the most consequential and respected offices of federal prosecutors in the country. With cases ranging from organized crime to securities fraud to terrorism, the office has jurisdiction over eight New York counties including Manhattan, the Bronx and Westchester. The staff, which includes more than 234 attorneys and more than 300 support staff members such as paralegals and clerks, work tirelessly to ensure the fair prosecution of criminals and to uphold the standards of the United States Department of Justice. 

Notes from the Field: Annabelle Bardenheier '19

Annabelle Bardenheier '19 interned at the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles (MOEO) for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During this past winter term, I had the opportunity to intern at the Office of Economic Opportunity in the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles (MOEO) which takes action to help individuals overcome barriers to economic security and success. The Office’s foci include re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons, veterans, homelessness as well as workforce development, and affordable housing. The majority of my projects pertained to the Office’s primary concern: the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. Working on a newly formed and highly prioritized policy area in the Mayor’s Office allowed me to work on exciting projects and to witness the hopeful beginnings of many new initiatives to fight homelessness in the city.

Allison Anderson ’20 on Management and Leadership

The Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a one-term program that prepares students to succeed in all of their management and leadership endeavors.

Allison Anderson ’20, a major in Engineering, took MLDP in the winter of 2018.

Allison designed a personal leadership challenge intended to teach herself how to vocalize opinions when they may conflict with those of others. She recounted that during her senior year of high school, being the captain of the school track team was a bit harder for her whenever she had to address conflict. Now a sophomore in college, she recognized that she would need to overcome this obstacle in order to further pursue leadership positions at Dartmouth.

One of the ways Allison set out to accomplish this was by speaking more in one of her classes in which many students were afraid to speak. Allison remarked that the professor’s teaching style engaged students to voice opinions that were not shared by the professor herself.  This approach sometimes pushed students beyond their respective comfort zones, as they were less willing to express opinions that seemed to not agree with those of the professor.

Notes from the Field: Hailey Valerio '19

Hailey Valerio '19​ interned at the Committee of Seventy for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report. 

This winter, I interned at the Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works as a “good government” group in Philadelphia. The Committee of Seventy is made up of a board of seventy business and civic leaders in Philadelphia who meet monthly to address the issues that face governance in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. The main issues that the Committee of Seventy addresses are voter registration, election ethics, redistricting, helping people navigate the process of running for office, and encouraging good government practices.

I served as a public policy intern that assists the board and helps carry out Seventy’s mission. My role as an intern was to complete tasks assigned by Patrick Christmas, the Policy Program Manager, and other staff members, including the Chief Advancement Officer, the Director of Operations, and the CEO/President.

Notes from the Field: Alisha Yan '19

Alisha Yan '19 interned at Safe Kids Worldwide for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This winter, I had the opportunity to intern at Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit public health/child safety group with coalitions across the United States and in several other countries. Safe Kids focuses on preventable childhood injuries and conducts research, awareness, advocacy, and education in risk areas such as pedestrian, home, pool, fire, and car safety.

Serena Zhu '19 Conquers Her Fear of Public Speaking and Presents Her Work As a UGA

Serena Zhu '19 shares her experience after attending the Annual NASPA Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This past Winter term, I had the extreme pleasure of presenting my work as an Undergraduate Advisor (UGA) for the Thought Project Living Learning Community at the 100th year anniversary of the Annual NASPA Conference. (The Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education was previously known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.) This opportunity was made possible, in part, through generous funding from the Rockefeller Center. My experience at the conference was immensely beneficial to my personal growth as an individual because it provided me the opportunity to conquer my fear of public speaking.

Notes from the Field: Henry Goodwyn '19 

Henry Goodwyn '19 interned at the Communications Department of the House Republican Conference in Washington DC for the Winter 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Over the course of the winter 2018 term, I interned with the Communications Department of the House Republican Conference in Washington DC. The organization is the leading arm of the Republican Party in terms of messaging, coordination, and outreach with updates on legislation and events that are taking place. The role that I played as an intern allowed me to gain a clearer idea of the day to day life of a politician and allowed me to interact personally with over 75 different members of the House of Representatives.

Winter 2018 MLDP Students in Excellence

Each session, participants from our Management and Leadership Development Program nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and/or how their nominees provide an excellent example of leadership in the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance and be nominated by their peers a number of times to pass MLDP with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Winter 2018. Congratulations to you all!

Allison Anderson ’20 earned excellence in winter of 2018 because of her thoughtful feedback and participation. She is a great listener who encouraged others to step out of their comfort zone.

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