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

Class of 2020

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: JESUS FRANCO '20

Jesus Franco '20 interned at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

During my winter term I had the great opportunity to intern at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) as an Adult Community Organizing Intern. CBE follows a triad model of connecting, organizing, research, and legal strategies in order to achieve environmental justice in underserved communities that have historically faced environmental injustices due to poor urban planning that has made residents neighbors to industry, freeways, and other toxic pollutants. As an intern, I mainly worked with the adult organizing program that worked to build community power among adult residents in Southeast Los Angeles, which consisted of about 35 residents.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: GABRIELLE HUNTER '20

Gabrielle Hunter '20 interned at the CDC Center for Global Health during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

As a Global Health Policy Intern for CDC Center for Global Health this winter, I worked with the Strategy and Planning Team on projects aiming to strengthen policy capacity for CDC’s global staff in over 60 countries across the world and develop partnership opportunities to advance strategic priorities for the Center for Global Health. I supported the CDC Foundation public private partnership development for the 7 Priority Country initiative, including development of a donor engagement strategy for Nigeria. I participated in preparation for key multilateral engagements such as the National Institute of Health of Colombia, World Health Assembly, WHO Executive Board meetings, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: COLTON FRENCH '20

Colton French '20 interned at the Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster '87 during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past Winter term I had the opportunity to intern in Washington, DC at the Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster ’87. Each morning I was responsible for searching online news outlets for clips mentioning Rep. Annie Kuster, Rep. Chris Pappas, and New Hampshire’s senators. I then summarized each news article and compiled my findings into a document that was sent out daily to our DC staffers, district offices, and the Congresswoman. Additionally, I was responsible for communicating directly with constituents and logging their concerns into a database which allowed Rep. Kuster and her staff to respond effectively. In the event that our office did not have an adequate response to a constituent’s concern, I drafted form letters by researching Rep. Kuster’s past voting records and positions on specific policy areas.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: CINDY ZHU '20

Cindy Zhu '20 interned at the US Securities and Exchange Commission during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with the Student Honors Program in New York, New York. I worked under the Division of Enforcement in the Market Abuse Unit (MAU), which plays an essential role in the SEC’s goal to maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets for both Wall Street and Main Street. The Market Abuse Unit was created in 2010 as a platform to study traders, their decision-making, and how private information can flow between them. By hiring ex-traders, former FBI agents, and quantitative analysts, the MAU sought to harness the knowledge and experience of members of the industry to more effectively understand market manipulation. As a result, this “trader-based” approach has been instrumental in detecting illicit stock market activity.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: HANA DAI '20

Hana Dai '20 interned at the Brookings Institution during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Brookings is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization that analyzes public policy issues and produces evidence-based policy recommendations. In particular, I focused on the intersection of political science and education at the Brown Center on Education Policy, a domestic issues division of Brookings.

As a research intern at the Brown Center on Education Policy, I worked on projects focusing on community college access, governance of education policy, teacher diversity, the gender wage gap in teaching, and the impact of the midterm election on education. More specifically, I created comprehensive literature reviews on potential research topics, an excel dataset focusing on education policy governance across states, and a policy-tracker focusing on the role of education policy in the midterm election.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: VICTORIA MEYER '20

Victoria Meyer '20 interned at the World Bank in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the World Bank in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group. According to DIME, the group generates high-quality and operationally relevant data and research to transform development policy, help reduce extreme poverty, and secure shared prosperity. It develops customized data and evidence ecosystems to produce actionable information and recommend specific policy pathways to maximize impact.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: SARAH DRESCHER '20

Sarah Drescher '20 interned at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO-SDNY) in the Public Corruption Unit (PCU) during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I served as an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO-SDNY) in the Public Corruption Unit (PCU). The USAO-SDNY represents the U.S. government and prosecutes criminal and civil cases in Manhattan, the Bronx, and several other counties in southern New York. The USAO-SDNY is among the most well- regarded federal prosecutorial offices in the country in part because of the volume of wealth, industry, and business traffic that falls within its jurisdiction; this results in many high-level cases brought in this district. The PCU prosecutes criminal cases in which government officials have undertaken acts of corruption, including bribery and fraud.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: OLIVIA FINE '20

Olivia Fine '20 interned for the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I had the privilege of interning for the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Washington, D.C. Senator Gillibrand’s central office oversees a range of responsibilities from legislative duties, providing constituent services, managing press, to scheduling. As a legislative intern, the majority of my responsibilities were in the constituent services realm.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: KARLA ROSAS '20

Karla Rosas '20 interned at the United States Supreme Court in the Office of the Clerk during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I interned at the United States Supreme Court in the Office of the Clerk. The United States Supreme Court processes about 10,000 petitions per year, yet only one percent of these petitions are granted and heard before the nine Justices.

Engineering Sciences Major Modified with Public Policy

Modified majors are a popular option for Dartmouth students. Intended to fit the needs of a student who has a definite interest in the major department, but whose interests cannot be fulfilled in one singular department, these majors exemplify what a liberal arts degree is all about.

Tyler Baum ’20 and Hunter Cohen ’20 are each a great example of how a modified major works perfectly for their career goals. Cohen knew he was interested in working at an engineering company but did not want to be an engineer as he was more interested in looking at the nuances of policy in different fields than solely developing a technical background. Baum was interested in the intersection of engineering and the business side of the manufacturing industry. Dartmouth gave each the perfect opportunity to develop the technical and analytical skill sets necessary for these careers with the Engineering and Public Policy major, a joint offering of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Thayer School of Engineering.

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