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Daniel Lin '23 interned at The COVID Tracking Project during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past fall, I interned at The COVID Tracking Project, a national volunteer organization that collects, researches, and publishes the most complete data about COVID-19 for US states and territories. Our data is widely cited by science journals and news outlets and is used by numerous states in deciding re-opening measures. During my internship, I led multiple data entry shifts per week, helped maintain a high-quality dataset, and developed and implemented internal processes to maximize efficiency within the organization to ultimately provide clear and accurate data for the public. 


Sasha Kokoshinskiy '22 interned at the Clayton Christensen Institute during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past fall, I interned at the Clayton Christensen Institute. As stated on the Clayton Christensen Institute’s website, “The Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing problems.” 


Melody Fu '23 interned at the Office of Councilwoman Carlina Rivera at the New York City Council during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.


Isabella Dunbar '23 interned at the Brookings Institution during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned with the Brookings Institution. Brookings is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank located in Washington D.C. with the mission of conducting “in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.” Their robust research is known for providing valuable input in the policy sphere while remaining integrally independent and solution focused. Much like an academic institution, Brookings is organized into different programs and centers that each focus on different policy areas; namely, the program areas are Economic Studies, Governance Studies, Metropolitan Policy, Foreign Policy, and Global Economy and Development. Within these programs there are300+ leading experts who have ahigh level of independence to conduct research, but frequently collaborate. For my internship, I worked solely in the Economic Studies program (ES), within the Center on Regulation and Markets.


Isabel Velasco '21 interned at Instiligio during the 2020 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During my internship this past fall at Instiligo, I was able to have a unique work experience at the intersection of the private, public, and social sectors. Instiglio is non-profit developmental consulting organization whose goal is to ensure that every cent spent to alleviate poverty has the greatest possible impact on the lives of the 2.4 billion men, women, and children afflicted by it. At Instiglio, this is done through result-based financing. While interning at this non-profit consulting firm, I was able to experience first-hand fundamentals of a growing global business and contribute to the momentum of the results movement in international development. Similarly, I got the opportunity to further my knowledge of result-based financing (RBF) and social financial instruments, like social impact bonds, and how they can be leveraged by governments and organizations to improve a project’s outcome and, thus, people’s lives and conditions.  

Jake Tapper '91 Muses on Biden's Win, Politics, Career Tips

Article from Dartmouth News by Bill Platt, November 13, 2020

Dartmouth students had the chance to talk over the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, discuss the state of politics going forward, and get some career advice from CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper '91 Thursday during a post-election discussion sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy.

Will Dickerman '21 RGLP Reflection: Leaving My Comfort Zone

I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to go on two study abroad experiences since coming to Dartmouth, both of which took me out of my comfort zone and opened me to new perspectives and experiences.


The summer after my freshman year, I attended the Italian FIRE program in Rome. The FIRE program an Italian language study abroad designed for people who have never taken the language before. I felt nervous about moving to Italy without speaking a word of Italian. Living in the neighborhood of Trastevere, the other Dartmouth students and I quickly adjusted to our new surroundings. It truly is remarkable how fast it takes to get by using a new language when you have to get by using a new language. I noticed that we soon began having full conversations with Italian people, which opened up my eyes to entirely new perspectives than I had growing up in Los Angeles. 


Vanessa Haggans '23 RGLP Reflection: Adaptability and Discomfort Benefit Global Leaders

Adaptability in an increasingly globalized world requires self-awareness, an understanding of different cultural values, and learning to be comfortable with discomfort. Additionally, adaptation involves respecting others and a willingness to pursue new and unfamiliar circumstances. While it might require modifying certain behaviors to respect cultural norms in some situations, adaptation does not require total conformation to the surrounding environment. Rather, it is a balance of honoring one’s own background and perspectives while simultaneously exploring the similarities and differences that exist between cultures.


Self-reflection is very important for effective adaptation to new experiences and cultural environments. Effective leaders must maintain self-awareness to understand the biases and perspectives they bring when entering into new situations. Reflecting on the values and experiences that influence one’s worldview is therefore essential to maintaining respect and self-awareness. RGLP gave us the opportunity to explore these personal perspectives, and I plan to continue this self-reflection far beyond the program.


Stephanie Rivera-Ithier '21 RGLP Reflection: COVID-19 does not discriminate, nor should we.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us one thing, it is just how deeply interconnected we are to one another. Coronavirus has reshaped not only how we understand ourselves, but also how we think about our world.

In our highly globalized world, it only took a few months for COVID-19 to infect millions of people across the globe. In the past months, we have demonstrated our ability to adapt and understand our role within the collective. We stay at home, we limit our outings, and we wear masks to protect not only ourselves, but also our loved ones from a lethal virus that so far has infected 10 million Americans and killed 238,000 others. Despite our private efforts as citizens, our administration has chosen to attack, belittle, and divide in our time of need.


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