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Rockefeller Intern Project

Introduction -- "A Legacy of Exceeding Targets"
The Table of Contents Plus Full Cover
Valley News Book Review
Classmate Reviews
Encore Reviews From Classes & Community
The Story Never Ends
Old Men And The Tee
That's Why We Play
Rockefeller Intern Project
List of 1964 Sponsored Rockefeller Interns

Intern Sponsorship Project

The Class Project sponsors Dartmouth students  for a public policy internship in Washington, D.C. Interested students apply for internships through Dartmouth's Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, which coordinates the available positions from offering organizations and reviews and selects the applicants.

Funding for these internships costs between $2,500 and $3,500 per term. Since 2003, the Class of 1964 has contributed $38,000 to fund these interships.  There are more student applicants than there is available funding. Our class assists up to three students per year.  See below for a thank-you letter from our first Intern, Jason Ballet '04..

Dale Eickelman '64, Professor of Anthropology, assisted by Bill Craig and Bob Bartles, coordinate pre- and post- internship activities on campus. As the number of interns involved in the program has grown,, these on campus sessions have  developed into creative enrichment programs for new and returning interns. Interns are expected to write a report of their experience and to meet with '64s during our annual meeting on campus.

John Topping '64, Director of the Climate Institute in Washington, D.C., chairs a committee of other '64s to develop an enrichment program for Dartmouth student interns while they are in the Washington, D.C. area. Initial committee members include Lou Goodman, Dean of the International School at American University, David Shipler, noted author and a former Dartmouth Trustee, and David Plavin, President of Airport Councils International of North America.


"I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire class of '64 for the Rockefeller Center Public Affairs Grant. Your generous grant makes this internship opportunity possible and allows me to pursue and apply my interests in international political and economic issues."

"I will be interning at a nonpartisan think tank called the Council on Hemispheric Affairs where I will conduct my own foreign policy research on economic and political issues pertaining to the Hemisphere. As a government major with a concentration in comparative politics, this internship will stimulate my already rooted interest in the field. It enables me to further explore my academic interest in studying the complex problems facing developing nations and the foreign policy of the United States towards these nations."

"Again, let me thank you for selecting me as your class of '64 intern. The grant will permit me to further explore my academic interests and will provide a valuable understanding of the political process by allowing me to live and work in our nation's capital. I will surely update you on my progress throughout my internship."


Jason Ballet


Dartmouth College 1930

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was the forty-first Vice President of the United States, governor of New York State, philanthropist, and businessman.

A leader of the liberal wing of the Republican Party, he was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973, where he launched many construction and modernization projects. A descendant of one of the world's richest and best known families, he failed repeatedly in his attempts to become president, but he was appointed Vice President of the United States of America in 1974. He served from 1974 to 1977, and did not join the 1976 GOP national ticket with President Gerald Ford. He retired from politics when his term as Vice President was over.

Rockefeller was born in Bar Harbor, Maine. He was the son of John Davison Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. He was the grandson on his father's side of Standard Oil's founder and chairman John Davison Rockefeller, Sr. (who was born exactly 69 years before Nelson) and on his mother's side of United States Senator Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich, a Republican from Rhode Island. He had four brothers: David (1915- ), Laurance (1910-2004), Winthrop (1912-1973), and John D. III (1906-1978), and one sister, Abby (1903-1976). In 1930, he graduated from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Casque and Gauntlet, a senior society, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Zeta chapter of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. Rockefeller worked for a time in several family-run businesses and philanthropies before entering public service.