The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences


Campus Connections Gathering

On Friday, April 22, 2016 the Rockefeller Center, the Undergraduate Deans Office, and the Center for Professional Development hosted the semiannual Campus Connections Gathering at the Rockefeller Center in Hinman Forum. This event is open to all students as a casual opportunity to chat with Dartmouth faculty and staff members from all over campus about academic and professional opportunities. The intent is for students to leave with a better understanding on how to pursue their goals.

Law Careers: Four Alumni Share Their Paths to Law

On January 24, 2016, the Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth Lwyers Association, and the Center for Professional Development co-sponsored “The Paths to Law Alumni Panel,” which featured Brian Martin ’06, Lavinia Weizel ’04, Janos Martin ’05, and Lindsay Zahradka ’07.

During the session, each lawyer had interesting answers to a variety of common questions from undergrads interested in law school.

Biggest common misconceptions or misunderstandings of a lawyer’s job:

The biggest misconception the panelists touched upon was the inaccurate portrayal of the day-to-day lives of lawyers. Lawyers’ lives are not Law & Order or How to Get Away With Murder.

In fact, Weizel noted that most of the time spent at work was research and reading. Since law is hierarchical, one may simply be researching for months before they ever have their first appearance in court. Even certain types of lawyers rarely go to the courtroom even after years of experience. Zahradka noted that in her field, Bankruptcy law, she almost always worked out deals over the phone.

Advice for getting in to law school:

The Management and Leadership Development Program: Spring 2015 MLDP Recap

Congratulations to the students who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) with distinction in the spring term of 2015. 

To complete MLDP with distinction, a participant is asked to complete a personal case study. This case study begins with the students identifying a leadership or management challenge in an organization or group they are currently involved in. They identify the resources available to them in MLDP and apply the skills learned in the weekly sessions to take action on a solution for their challenge. Then, they reflect on their experience in writing. This is a great example of the type of experiential learning that students experience in MLDP. Click here for more information about MLDP.

CPD: Health Professions Opportunities, Needs & Diversity: A Conversation with Crystal Crawford '87

This is an opportunity from the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

Civil Rights at the U.S. Supreme Court: A Career Conversation with Jonathan Miller '00

Civil Rights at the U.S. Supreme CourtCareer Conversation with Jonathan Miller '00
Thursday, May 1st 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.Center for Professional Development Workshop Room 
Join Jonathan Miller ’00, Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, for a lunchtime discussion of high-profile matters at the U.S. Supreme Court. His talk will cover last term’s decisions striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ongoing litigation about the right to marry for gay and lesbian couples, buffer zones around reproductive healthcare clinics, and more. At this session, you can also learn more about the work of the Civil Rights Division, which hires undergraduate interns throughout the year.

Internships 101: How to use Dartmouth's Center for Professional Development to your advantage

Dartmouth’s Center for Professional Development (formerly Career Services) posts a variety of public policy and public affairs related internships on their website, Dartboard. For an introduction to creating and using your Dartboard profile, click here. Once you’re signed in, you can navigate to the links hyperlinked below.

On this website, you can select to receive notifications about internships in such topics as Government, Public Administration, Education, or Non-Profits, under Industry Preference on your profile page. In order to search for posted internships, you can perform an advanced search for both paid and unpaid internships in specific industries like those noted above under the Jobs & Internships Search tab. These postings will include information on the organization, position, and application process.

How to Become Climate Problem Solvers and Leaders - Free, Open Event on 7/18/13 at 12:30 PM

Have you ever wondered how to influence change and become a leader in climate science? Find out more at a free, public event co-sponsored by the Climate Institute and the Rockefeller Center!FREE Light LUNCH will be available. When: Thursday July 18,2013 - 12.30 – 2 pmWhere: Rockefeller Center, Morrison Commons, Dartmouth College.

RSVP REQUESTED FOR FOOD ORDERINGThe Climate Institute and its Dartmouth Interns are here on campus to present ways in which you can become active in climate problem solving and become leaders in the field. The Climate Institute is the world’s first NGO based solely on addressing climate change. Formed in 1986, its primary aim is to empower students through research and the communication of climate awareness. We are now looking to spread the word of how to become involved in the dynamic world of climate science. 

Career Conversation with Matt Dunne (@mattdunnevt ), Head of Community Affairs at @Google Inc.- Thursday 5/16

Career Conversation with Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs at Google, Inc.
Thursday, May 16 from 5:00 - 6:00 PMThe Class of 1930 Room, Rockefeller Center 

"What happens when a growing tech company runs into the reality of small communities? Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs for Google and former Associate Director of Rocky, will discuss the challenges, strategies and successes in developing a community affairs program from scratch, translating tech into the messy world of local relationships, and scaling to international communities."
Matt Dunne has focused his life’s work on bringing together the worlds of entrepreneurship, service and politics.  Elected to the Vermont House at the age of 22, he served 7 years before joining the Clinton Administration as the Director of AmeriCorps*VISTA overseeing 6000 full-time people working in the fight against poverty.  

Nina Brekelmans '12 Receives Boren Fellowship for Language Studies, Gives Advice to Graduating Seniors

Nelson A. Rockefeller Center alum Nina Brekelmans '12 was recently awarded a Boren Fellowship.  The Boren Fellowship provides up to $30,000 for a year of language training abroad.  Accepting the Fellowship commits Nina to at least one year of work for the federal government in the area of national security. 

Courtney Wong '15, a Student Assistant at the Rockefeller Center, spoke with Nina about some of her thoughts and experiences about life after Dartmouth. 

Courtney Wong (CW): How did Dartmouth prepare you for life after graduation? What are some of the skills that you find valuable today?

How to Make a Great First Impression at Your New Job or Internship - @DartmouthCareer Event - April 30th at 7 PM


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