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Class of 1959 celebrates internship program

Katherine Carey '09 describes her internship at a Children's Aid Society summer camp in the Bronx, N.Y., as an experience that pushed her beyond her comfort zone.

holtzschueKatherine Carey '09 and her mentor Karl Holtzschue '59 at a Children's Aid Society summer camp in the Bronx, N.Y., where Carey interned. Holtzschue is a founding member of the Class of 1959's Dartmouth Partners in Community Service program, which supports student internships at service organizations through funding and mentorship. (Photo courtesy Katherine Carey '09)
"The internship challenged me exactly the way it should have," says Carey, a native of Duluth, Minn. Her experience as a teacher to 30 low-income second- and third-graders gave her a new perspective on obstacles to academic success. "I understand much more about issues like poverty and the achievement gap. It made them more important and urgent to me."

To help her meet the challenge, Carey had the support of her internship mentors, New Yorkers Karl Holtzschue '59 and his wife Linda. The Holtzschues volunteer through the Class of 1959's Dartmouth Partners in Community Service (DPCS) program.

This year the '59s celebrate their 50th reunion as well as 15 years of success with DPCS. The program funds community service internships for undergraduates and connects each student with an alumna or alumnus mentor (who can come from any class). It's the mentorship component that makes the program a standout.

"We wanted to do something to directly benefit the undergraduate experience at Dartmouth," explains Doug Wise '59, marketing chair for DPCS's Alumni Board. "This was something we could all be proud of and have the whole class rally around." Approximately 400 students have been placed in DPCS internships and more than 150 alumni have been mentors.

Participants complete 8- to 10-week internships at community service organizations, administered by Dartmouth's Tucker Foundation. The students receive a stipend, funded by donations from the Class of 1959 as well as 10 other classes (1947, 1954, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1977, 1979, 1986, 1987, and 1990) to help defray living expenses.

"I could not have asked for better mentors," says Carey. "Karl and Linda made me feel very welcome. They even had two DPCS get-togethers for all the interns and mentors in New York City."

"It's an intriguing part of the program," Class of 1959 President Chris Cundey says of the mentor pairings. "It opens up all kinds of avenues for discussion. Some of these connections turn into friendships that last."

Alumni interested in mentoring students can email Tracy Dustin-Eichler or call (603) 646-3350.

By LATARSHA GATLIN

 


 

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Last Updated: 1/19/10