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

First Year Fellows

Student and Alumni Reception in Washington D.C.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center hosted its annual Student and Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Each year the occasion provides an opportunity for the First-Year Fellows to meet their alumni mentors and supervisors.

“The First-Year Fellows program is a great example of the partnership between the Rockefeller Center and Dartmouth alumni, who find many ways to contribute to the education of each successive cohort of Dartmouth students,” noted the Center’s Director, Professor Andrew Samwick, during remarks made at the reception.

This summer, twenty-five Class of 2021 First-Year Fellows are serving 8-week fellowships in a diverse range of host organizations.

In addition to those involved with the First-Year Fellows program, the reception welcomes any Dartmouth student interning in D.C. during the summer, along with area alumni and friends of the Rockefeller Center.

The Class of 2021 First-Year Fellows in D.C.

The Class of 2021 First-Year Fellows arrived in Washington, D.C. this week and are currently participating in the Civic Skills Training (CST) component of the program. The Fellows have already completed four on-campus training sessions during the spring term and will now spend an additional five days of training in Washington, D.C. before their 8-week fellowships begin.

The CST curriculum covers everything from public speaking, networking, and advocacy writing to project management, team work, and professionalism and is designed to prepare the students for a successful internship experience and beyond. The week includes classroom sessions facilitated by Deputy Director Sadhana Hall and Program Officer Eric Janisch, workshops hosted by area alumni, and excursions around the city to familiarize the students with Capitol Hill and the surrounding area.

Rocky and Me: Ray Lu ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

I made the long journey from Austin, Texas — where I was born and raised — to Dartmouth knowing I wanted a new, challenging environment. My interest in economics derived from my father’s background as an economist, and the time I spent with the U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholars Program the summer before college inspired me to explore the policy realm.

Rocky and Me: Abhilasha Gokulan ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Rocky and Me: Jimmy Fair ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

I grew up visiting Dartmouth every summer because my grandparents retired to Hanover 25 years ago. Dartmouth became my first choice by the beginning of high school, and I was surprised by how receptive professors were to my requests to sit in on classes and chat with them during a visit my junior year of high school. Coming from Colorado, I also wanted to go to college where I had immediate access to the outdoors. 

Rocky and Me: Julia Decerega ’18 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

When I walked into Rocky for the first time during one of the many orientation week open houses I attended, I did not imagine at the time the impact the physical building, and the people in it, would ultimately have on my college experience. I had heard about Rocky when I visited Dartmouth during Dimensions, I even took a pretty brochure home at the time. It was comforting to know that Dartmouth had a center dedicated to the study of public policy and to helping students apply their knowledge in the real world, which is what I was looking for in college. This made my decision to choose Dartmouth feel like the right one at the time. 

Introducing the Class of 2021 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.

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.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Peter Charalambous '20

Peter Charalambous '20 graduated from Chaminade High School in New York in 2016. At Chaminade, Peter led the Speech and Debate Team, served as editor-in-chief of Tarmac, his school's newspaper, and worked with children and adults with special needs. As a debater, he earned many regional awards, was one of the top Public Forum debaters in New York State, and received the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Great Communicator Scholarship.

At Dartmouth, Peter plans to major in Government and History and minor in Public Policy. He works as a staff writer for The Dartmouth, competes on the Mock Trial Team, and cooks for Students Fighting Hunger. He has also been an Aaron and Daniel Webster Scholar as well as the Build Chairman for Homecoming. Outside of the classroom, Peter loves the outdoors and is an avid carpenter.


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