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Class of 2020

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. 

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.

Yusuf Olokoba '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. Yusuf Olokoba ’20, a participant in Winter 2018’s MLDP, looks back on his experience. 

Yusuf Olokoba ’20, is a Computer Science major from Lagos, Nigeria, who signed up for MLDP after being recommended by a friend. One of the things he wanted to learn from the program were the skills needed to meet new people. He believed that too much of his time at Dartmouth was spent delving deeply into computer science, and not enough time was spent getting to know others.

Yusuf crafted an ambitious personal leadership challenge, setting out to meet ten new people every week for six weeks. He fell short of his quota, meeting only about fifty people in total.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Eliza Jane Schaeffer ’20

Eliza Jane Schaeffer ’20 graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky as a National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, and Salutatorian. At Henry Clay, she was President and Founder of Young Republicans and Service Coordinator of Y-Club. She participated in YMCA mock government conferences, serving as Youth Governor in 2015.

In college, Eliza Jane continues her work to elevate the voices of Kentucky’s youth in education policy discussions as Strategy and Development Coordinator for the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team. Past efforts include drafting and promoting a Kentucky bill which would allow students to serve on superintendent screening committees and coordinating a successful campaign to increase funding for state-funded, need-based scholarships.

At Dartmouth, Eliza Jane is a copy-editor for The Dartmouth, member of College Republicans, Outdoor Leadership Experience leader, and volunteer on Kelly Ayotte’s 2016 reelection campaign. She intends to major in English and minor in Public Policy.

DLAB Facilitator Spotlight: Sirey Zhang '20

Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (DLAB) is a leadership development and mentorship program for first-year students. Over the course of six weeks, upperclassmen facilitators guide small groups of first-year students in discussions about values, issues on campus, and how to live with integrity at Dartmouth. DLAB is a co-sponsored program between the Rockefeller Center and the Office of Student Life. Below is an interview with Sirey Zhang '20 about his experience as a DLAB facilitator this past winter term. 

Sirey Zhang is a ’20 from Denver, Colorado. Sirey is an anthropology major, and academically, he is interested in global health and the relationship between disease and poverty through a biosocial lens. On campus, he is involved in Global Health Fellows, the Dartmouth Coalition on Global Health, and the Dickey Center, where he conducted a term of research on childhood vaccines in central Africa. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school and practice medicine in developing countries.

Why did you become a DLAB facilitator?

Notes from the Field: Lynette Long '20

Lynette Long '20 interned with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General for the Summer 2017 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. The Fair Labor Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General (AGO) operates under the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau. Civil investigators team up with assistant attorney generals to enforce state wage and hour laws, prosecute exploitative businesses, and uphold workers’ rights. Enforcement efforts are aimed to ensure compliance with certain workplace requirements which include timely payment of wages, overtime compensation, minimum wage law, and earned sick leave policy. The Division also hosts wage theft clinics and community engagement programs to share free legal resources with Massachusetts residents and spread awareness of workplace rights.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Taylor Lane '20

Taylor Lane '20 hails from Dunn Loring, Virginia and graduated from George C. Marshall High School with an IB Diploma with academic distinction. She has received numerous awards for her community service work, including the Presidential Service Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Her passion for global health issues has taken her volunteer work to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and, most recently, Swaziland. Taylor has also interned on Capitol Hill and studied abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

At Dartmouth, Taylor is pursuing a major in Government with a minor in Public Policy. She is a member of the Great Issues Scholars Program through the Dickey Center and the Dartmouth Sing Dynasty acappella group.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Sunny Singh '20

Sunpreet (Sunny) Singh hails from Jamaica, New York and graduated from Hillcrest High School. At Hillcrest, Sunny was the president of his school’s Junior State of America chapter and Model United Nations club where he won several awards at local, national, and international conferences. He also participated in the Junior Sikh Coalition, Mock Trial, and Moot Court.

At Dartmouth, Sunny plans to double major in Government and Economics with a minor in Public Policy. He is a Staff News Writer for The Dartmouth, a Rockefeller Global Leadership Fellow, and treasurer of the Dartmouth Quest for Socioeconomic Engagement group. He is also a Great Issues Scholar, Daniel Webster Scholar, and a member of the First Year Student Enrichment Program. Outside of school, Sunny also enjoys playing and watching basketball, dancing Punjabi Bhangra, and participating in DOC trips.

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