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Notes from the Field: Emily Schneider ’19

Emily Schneider ’19 grew up in Lyons, Colorado and graduated from Lyons High School as valedictorian. At Dartmouth, Emily is majoring in computational biology and minoring in Public Policy. She is a chair of Students Fighting Hunger, a volunteer organization that provides meals for low-income families in the Upper Valley, and is an active member of the Dartmouth Outing Club. Emily has conducted research at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy, where she co-authored a recently published paper. She has also worked for the Rockefeller Policy Research Shop for several terms, producing reports for the Vermont and New Hampshire state legislatures. After graduation, Emily hopes to get a master’s degree in health policy or public health, and later work in health policy research.

Emily was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Fall 2017 internship, with generous support from the Peter McSpadden ’52 Memorial Fund.

Notes from the Field: Celeste Kearney '19

Celeste Kearney ’19 interned in the Office of Presidential Personnel at White House under the Obama Administration for the 2016 Fall term. She received support from the from the Peter McSpadden Public Affairs Fund.  The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

During the fall of 2016, I was an intern in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House. Presidential Personnel is tasked with the approximately 4,000 political appointees in the Obama Administration. Presidential Personnel finds qualified candidates, completes background checks, appoints candidates, and, for the past year, provides a series of leadership development events to assist the appointees’ transition from the Administration. Presidential Personnel works closely with the White House liaisons in every federal agency to pass opportunities and information to the appointees.             

Notes from the Field: Rachel Scholz-Bright ‘18

Rachel Scholz-Bright ‘18 interned in the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office for the 2017 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report. ​

Notes from the Field: Yoga Acharya '19

Yoga Acharya '19 interned with Senator Casey's Foreign Policy and National Security Team during the 2016 summer term with support from the Peter McSpadden Public Affairs Fund. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

Notes from the Field: Sarah Colon '17

Sarah Colon ’17 interned at New America during the 2015 fall term with support from the Peter McSpadden Public Affairs Fund.

New America is a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on a range of public policy issues, including international security, technology, asset building, health, gender, energy, education, and the economy. Its goal is to foster innovation, discussion, and implementation of new ideas in a world that is in constant evolution. Specifically, New America’s Health and Medicine Program concentrates on creating policy recommendations that will help better harness new technologies and confront changing health challenges.

As a Health Policy intern, Sarah’s responsibilities included writing blog posts for the website and articles for the Huffington Post, attending and writing summaries of events, updating social media, and drafting grant proposals. Sarah and her fellow interns also worked on a program proposal to expand the reach of New America by identifying and researching the most pressing health issues that the program should address.

The McSpadden Legacy at Rocky

The letters have been arriving at the end of each term for close to five decades now. The stories are individual, but the sentiment is always the same. One of thanks. One of transformation.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, I am so grateful that I was able to spend the summer learning and furthering my future career at a place with so many inspirational people doing important work... ~Ryan Shelley ’15

Dear Mr. McSpadden, This summer, thanks to your support, my knowledge of policy structure, purpose and development has been greatly boosted through my internship experience… ~Bridget Golob ’14.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, I am writing to thank you for your generosity in funding my internship. By doing so, you have taken an active role in helping me take advantage of this truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity… ~Ben Gettinger ’11.

Dear Mr. McSpadden, Thank you for making possible an internship opportunity that not only furthered my academic goals and career aspirations, but was also incredibly intellectually stimulating… ~Natalie Young’10.

Rockefeller Center Intern Sarah Colon '17 quoted in Huffington Post Opinion Piece

  Rockefeller named Intern Sarah Colon ’17 at the New America Foundation was quoted in an opinion piece in the Huffington Post on October 8, 2015 reporting on obesity research.   


“Consider this: While 15.3 million children live in food-insecure households, one-third of all American children are obese or overweight,” says Sarah Colon ’17 and former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Susan Blumenthal.

Sarah’s fall internship at the New America in Washington, D.C. is being sponsored by a grant from the McSpadden Public Affairs Fund through the Rockefeller Internships Program.

The full article can be found here:


Notes from the Field: Kasia Robak '16

Student Intern: Katarzyna Robak '16

Internship Organization:  
The Chicago Innocence Center

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
The Chicago Innocence Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating cases in which prisoners may have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. The Innocence Center does not represent clients in criminal cases, but once an investigation is completed and evidence of innocence gathered, outside counsel may bring that evidence to court. The fundamental goal of the organization is to expose and remedy wrongdoing by the criminal justice system.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?

Notes from the Field: Alexandra Minsk '17


Notes from the Field: Nushy Golriz '15

Student Intern: Nushy Golriz ’15

Internship Organization:
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

How would you describe your employer in one paragraph? What’s the elevator pitch?
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a national umbrella organization composed of many local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights, and labor organizations and activists. It serves as a forum to share information and analysis, to educate communities and the public, and to develop and coordinate plans of action on important immigrant and refugee issues. NNIRR works to promote just immigration and refugee policy in the US and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status.

What are your specific responsibilities in the organization?


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