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Rocky Student Soham Basu '20 Wins Prestigious Pickering Fellowship

Soham Basu '20 was recently awarded a Pickering Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State. Soham got his start at The Rockefeller Center engaging in the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) and from there went on to participate in many of the classes and programs Rocky has to offer. We, at the Rockefeller Center, congratulate Soham and look forward to seeing where he goes next!


Soham recently sat down to reflect on his Dartmouth experience at the Rockefeller Center.

Can you talk about the Pickering Fellowship? What is it and why are you excited for your fellowship?

The Pickering Fellowship is administered by the Department of State and provides entry into the Foreign Service. Fellows attend an MA program of their choice and are expected to serve (at minimum) 5 years with the Department. The Fellowship provides financial support for graduate school as well as mentoring and guidance in the early years of entering the service.

Soham Basu '20 and Ameena Razzaque '21 Win Pickering Fellowships

Original article can be found here.

January 25, 2021 by Hannah Silverstein

Soham Basu '20 and Ameena Razzaque '21 have been awarded Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships. The fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University's Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, pays for a two-year master's degree program in a foreign policy-related field and provides internship, mentorship, and other opportunities designed to prepare students for careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. For information about applying for Pickering Fellowships and other programs, visit Dartmouth's Fellowship Advising Office.

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.

Board of Visitor member Welton Chang '05 featured in Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

Welton Chang '05, a Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors member, has recently been featured in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine as well as published on the Defense One Website.

In the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, he talks about his career and how he is using technology to defend human rights. “I’m in a nontraditional role for a human rights organization. It’s a hybrid of what a chief product officer would do at a startup, responsible for the application of technology being developed in-house, while also serving as a chief information security officer.” 

Read the full article here.

On the Defense One website, Chang is the co-author of Three Ways to Clean Up the Toxic Minefields of Social Media, which examines safeguards for social media ecosystems to curb hate speech and disinformation.

Read the full article here.

Introducing the Class of 2022 First-Year Fellows

The First-Year Fellows program is uniquely designed to be much more than an internship. Prior to their placement, Fellows take two academic courses—one on public policy and one on statistical methods—and participate in the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors program. 

During the spring term, Fellows are selected through a competitive application and interview process and then matched with an alumni mentor and placement organization best suited to their academic and career interests.

At the end of the spring term, the students begin Civic Skills Training (CST) which provides them with additional instruction in public speaking, networking, workplace writing, project management, and professionalism. In June, Fellows reconvene in Washington, D.C. for an additional five days of training the week before their 8-week fellowship begins.

Board Member Maya Wiley '86 featured in "A Call to Lead"

The Call to Lead is a bold invitation to Dartmouth’s global community to engage with the great issues of this century and the next—all in a distinctly Dartmouth manner that attracts the greatest student and faculty talent, cultivates our pioneering spirit, and fully transcends campus boundaries. Maya Wiley '86 was recently interviewed on racial justice, how we can build a more just society, and how Dartmouth shaped her as a leader.

Maya Wiley ’86 is a nationally renowned civil rights expert who has litigated, lobbied U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and South Africa. She is a university professor at The New School, where she founded and co-directs the Digital Equity Laboratory. Maya recently stepped down as legal analyst for MSNBC and is considering running for mayor of New York City.

Read the full article here.




#RockyLeads: Alumni and Students Connect at Alumni Conference

This past weekend, over 75 alumni returned to Hanover to attend the Rockefeller Center’s Alumni Conference and celebrate the Center’s 35th anniversary. At the conference, titled “Finding Your Purpose: Leadership, Public Policy, What Matters and Why,” students and alumni were given the opportunity to interact with each other through networking events, professional skills workshops, policy panels and more.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Jolie Kemp

As a First-Year Fellow, Jolie Kemp ’21 interned at the Truman National Security Project under the mentorship of Michael Breen ’02. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

I interned at the Truman National Security Project, a nationwide membership of policy experts, veterans, and academics committed to addressing the national security concerns of today. Truman connects over 1,700 members across the country with 16 different chapters, each of which facilitates conversations around and develops concrete solutions to pressing security issues. The organization also aids its members by offering specific messaging and soundbites regarding current political events, trainings on topics from the military to op-ed writing, and an annual conference in D.C. that connects the entire community. Truman is currently working hard to shape the future of issues such as family separation and the Muslim immigration ban.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Sarah Solomon

As a First-Year Fellow, Sarah Solomon ’21 interned at the Congressional Research Service under the mentorship of Elizabeth Rybicki ’96. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Often called “Congress’s think tank,” the CRS provides nonpartisan public policy research to Members of Congress and congressional committees. The CRS may be described as an extension of congressional staff, providing advice, data ,and knowledge to facilitate an efficient and informed legislative process. The CRS employs more than 400 policy analysts, attorneys, and research professionals to assist Congress at all stages of legislating and across all policy areas. The CRS answers Members’ specific questions on a confidential basis and publishes general reports for all of Congress to use. The CRS also provides educational courses and training to congressional Members and staffers.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Rik Abels

As a First-Year Fellow, Rik Abels ’21 interned at the American Petroleum Institute under the mentorship of Rick Ranger ’74. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at the American Petroleum Institute (API). API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry. API aims to promote the interests of its membership, consisting of over 600 companies both large and small, by promoting safety across the industry and by influencing public policy in support of a strong and safe oil and natural gas industry. API is the industry leader in providing widely-respected safety standards, regulations, and recommended practices that ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S. energy market.


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