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

Class of 2021


Sabrina Li Shen '21 interned with the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Shannon Sartain '21 Attends the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium

Mini-Grant recipient, Shannon Sartain '21, shares her experience attending the Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium was a conference held at the University of Pennsylvania this spring. There, I presented my Earth Sciences research as a poster to a judge for my respective category. Assembling my poster allowed me to gather my work up until now into a coherent narrative—knowing I would have to present on my work forced me to take a step back and look at what my data were saying. Additionally, presenting for a judge was an entirely new experience for me, and at the symposium, I was able to practice communicating my work in an easy-to-understand way.

2019-2020 Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Students

The Rockefeller Center is proud to announce this year's students participating in the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program.

Each year, per term, four Dartmouth undergraduates attend Keble College at the University of Oxford.

As fully integrated members of the Oxford community, students are encouraged to participant in extracurricular activities, join clubs and organizations, alongside their coursework in either Government or Economics under Oxford's legendary tutorial system.

This year's participants are:

Fall 2019: Jolie Kemp ‘21, Michael Nachman ‘21, Michael St. George ‘21, Sarah Hong ‘21

Winter 2020: Bill Cui ‘21, Catalina Garcia Valenzuela ‘21, Sean Ward ‘21, Michael McGovern ‘21

Spring 2020: Carl Harris ‘21, Sanjena Venkatesh ‘21, Katherine Cane ‘21, Jessica McDermott ‘21

GlobeMed’s 7th Annual Benefit Dinner

GlobeMed hosted its annual Benefit Dinner. Megan Ungerman ‘21 shares her organizing the dinner. 

Hosting GlobeMed’s 7th annual Benefit Dinner was a truly valuable experience. I felt great pride being able to share what our club does with the rest of campus. We are global health group in a sustainable partnership with the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT). KWAT helps to provide health care and other necessary services to people within the Kachin State of Burma. Currently, the Kachin people face violence and discrimination in Burma. Many are fleeing the country or placed in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. KWAT’s work is essential to the survival of the Kachin people.

Notes From the Field: Nikhita Hingorani '21

Nikhita Hingorani '21 interned for Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern for Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Representative of the 7th Congressional District of my home state of Alabama, in both her Washington, DC office and Montgomery district office.

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.


Jimmy Nguyen '21 interned in the National Economic Council during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

For 13 incredible weeks this Fall, I had the honor of interning in the National Economic Council through the White House Internship Program. The National Economic Council has four objectives: move policy forward by coordinating the creation of economic policy, offer economic policy advice to the President, oversee the employment of said policy, and maintain consistency in action with the President’s goals. Interning for the National Economic Council has allowed me the privilege to see these goals advance firsthand during a flourishing economy.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Zoe Schwartzman

As a First-Year Fellow, Zoe Schwartzman ’21 interned at the District of Columbia Superior Court under the mentorship of Judge John M. Mott ’81. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I worked as a judicial intern at the District of Columbia Superior Court in the Chambers of the Honorable Judge John M. Mott. The DC Superior Court is the trial court for the general jurisdiction of DC and houses many judicial divisions, such as the Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Family Court, Probate, and Tax Divisions. Judge Mott is currently assigned to a Civil II Calendar, on which he handles a variety of civil actions including personal and property torts, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and landlord tenant cases.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Wally Joe Cook

As a First-Year Fellow, Wally Joe Cook ’21 interned at Voice of America under the mentorship of John Lippman ’71. The following is an excerpt from his final report.

This summer, I interned at Voice of America (VOA). VOA provides unbiased news to developing nations with restricted media environments. The organization operates under the VOA Charter, which ensures its nonpartisan status as a “consistently reliable and authoritative source of news.” Voice of America is constantly expanding to reach new marginalized populations and currently broadcasts in 45 languages.

As an intern at Voice of America, I had three main responsibilities. First, I rewrote the fact sheets for the sixteen most strategically important language services.  The fact sheets offer a glimpse into the operations of different language services and are seen by members of Congress and the executive branch.  Additionally, my edits were specifically intended to introduce the next CEO of the Board of Broadcasting Governors to VOA’s language services.  It is expected that President Trump will appoint a new CEO in the near future.

Class of 2021 First-Year Fellow: Valerie Truong

As a First-Year Fellow, Valerie Truong ’21 interned at the Smithsonian Institution under the mentorship of Edward Rynne ’77. The following is an excerpt from her final report.

This summer, I interned at the Smithsonian Organization and Audience Research (SOAR), a central office at the Smithsonian Institution that works with its clients to conduct organization and audience research and analysis. SOAR promotes organizational effectiveness within the Smithsonian and works to improve visitor experiences through relevant social science research approaches.


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