Not Finding Success Where You Want It? Lessons from the Creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog

Even if you sprint to make deadlines, the process of applying for internships, jobs, and grad schools is generally a marathon rather than a one-time event.

At Career Services we’re especially reminded of this in the fall term — as sophomores and juniors apply for winter internships and seniors start to apply for full-time jobs. Given that not all organizations offer internships that align with the D-Plan, and many employers can’t anticipate how many new graduates they will need nine months before graduation — the process of applying for jobs can be highly competitive and you may find yourselves getting more rejection letters than anticipated before you get to yes.

With that in mind, we share this gem from Jay Forte that addresses how we can avoid losing hope when things don’t go our way by reframing situations.  Read up to learn about the many disappointments faced by Norman Bridwell, the author and creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog and how he turned a strength he didn’t know he had into his career. Do you see any take-aways you can apply as you think about your own career?

Whether you do or you don’t,(This phrase is ambiguous)  remember that Career Services is always here to help you open doors to your next opportunity. Stop by for a drop-in appointment — available Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 4:00 pm at our office at 63 South Main Street, above Bank of America.



Topics Include:

  1. “Landing A Career in Film, Television, New Media, or Entertainment” – Mon 10/1 @ 12:30 PM in Collis 101
  2. Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association (DAEMA).
  3. The Art Career Project:  define & explain Careers in the Arts
  4. Post-Graduate Internship in Studio Art (at Dartmouth).
  5. Music FSP in Beijing Spring Term 2013.
  6. Still looking for a job on campus? –  2 great opportunities still open!
  7. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Internships
  8. Americans for the Arts – Internships
  9. The Getty Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program.
  10. Dartmouth Career Network
  11. Celebrate 50 Years of Art with The HOP!
  12. Linda Matalon,  Fall-Term Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth


1.”Landing A Career in Film, Television, New Media, or Entertainment” – Career Conversation with Jethro Rothe-Kushel – Mon 10/1 @ 12:30 PM in Collis 101.  RSVP to:

2. Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association (DAEMA). Connect with Alumni who have similar interests and experiences. Get connected at as well as on LinkedIN and on Facebook!

3. The Art Career Project:  Website that will define and dispel myths about Careers in the Arts.

4. Post-Graduate Internship in Studio Art (at Dartmouth). Meet the 4 current Interns to find out if this is a good option for you:

5. Music FSP in Beijing Spring Term 2013.  A few spots remain; deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2012 – but don’t wait!

6. Still looking for a job on campus? These positions will be posted until filled.

7. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Internships (unpaid) available every term.  Many different positions available; read the application instructions carefully!

8. Americans for the Arts – Internships (stipend only):  nation’s leading nonprofit organization in support of the arts.  Great benefits to the interns:

9. The Getty Foundation’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program.  Is this a good match for you?  Watch video at bottom of page:   Applications will be available in early 2013.

10. Dartmouth Career Network  connect with alumni in your field of interest (here’s a sample):

Field of Work:

  • Architecture/construction = 104
  • Arts/Entertainment = 225
  • Museums/Libraries  = 89

Field of Specialty:

  • Art Therapy = 2
  • Editing/Publishing = 125

11. Celebrate 50 Years of Art with The HOP!  A great accomplishment showcasing many great talents; stay tuned for opportunities to meet many of the artists!

12. Linda Matalon,  Fall-Term Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth –  See article from the D:



For more information on Careers in the Arts check out:

To make an appointment with a Career Advisor call 603-646-2215.


CAREER BLITZ: Government and Public Policy

Topics Include:

  1. CIA Info Session – Career and Internship Opportunities
  2. Public Service Fellows Program- SPRING (DC)
  3. Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, INTERNSHIP (DC )                                   
  4. Women Thrive Worldwide- SPRING INTERSHIPS (DC)
  5. HIV Law Project, Policy INTERNSHIP (NY)
  6. Sierra Club, Campaign Research INTERNSHIP (San Francisco)
  7. Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace FELLOWSHIP
  8. WEBINAR: Decoding the Presidential Management Fellows Application Process


1.  CIA Info Session – Career and Internship Opportunities

October 3 (WED) from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Class of 1930s Room (Rockefeller Center)  Dinner included! Register at:

2.  Public Service Fellows Program- SPRING (DC)

Position requires a commitment to public service, READ team descriptions and fellowship positions to determine which position(s) you are best qualified for and most interested in. PAID monthly stipend.  Deadline: Oct. 26

3.  Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, INTERNSHIP (DC )                Unpaid internships in government policy. Apply at:

4.  Women Thrive Worldwide- SPRING INTERSHIPS (DC)

Non-profit advocating for U.S. policies that empower women in developing countries. Communication & Outreach Intern and Global Development Policy Intern. Deadline: October 19

5.  HIV Law Project, Policy INTERNSHIP (NY)

Assist the legal team in providing comprehensive services to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.

6.  Sierra Club, Campaign Research INTERNSHIP (San Francisco)

The Sierra Club Sierra Nevada Resilient Habitats campaign works to protect the communities, wild lands and wildlife of the Sierra Nevada region. View additional internships:


7. Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace FELLOWSHIP

Full-time junior staff member at the participating organization of one’s choice.  Gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. Deadline: Oct. 1

8.  WEBINAR: Decoding the Presidential Management Fellows Application Process

October 16 (TUES)  4- 5PM; Class of 1930 Room, Rockefeller Center

Targeted for graduate students- learn about the Pathways Programs and application process


Check out the government/policy webpage at

Make an appointment by calling 603-646-2215


Monday: Get The Scoop on How to Get into The Entertainment Business

Ever dreamed of being named to the cast of SNL? Or simply working in the film, tv, or media industry? Don’t miss our program next Monday — and learn how to use Dartmouth’s exclusive alumni network for Entertainment & Media. RSVP now to attend.

“Landing A Career in Film, Television, New Media, or Entertainment”
Monday, October 1, 2012
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Career Services Workshop Room  (Note location change from 101 Collis. RSVP requested)

President of Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association (, Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03 will be on campus for a Q&A with students.  Jethro is a Los Angeles based director and producer of motion pictures, television, documentaries and New Media.

In 2000 as a freshman at Dartmouth, Rothe-Kushel received a grant to direct a documentary about homelessness in Los Angeles. Upon graduation, through Career Services, he received the Reynold’s grant to create short documentaries in Mexico.

Rothe-Kushel worked as a creative producer and executive with emerging writers from NYU, UCLA, USC, & AFI to develop film & television projects for major studios and networks including Warner Bros, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Disney, Sony Pictures, & Paramount.  He went on to produce 10 feature films, and he has worked in television including “The Oscars,” “Frontline,” and “Ghost Whisperer.”  In addition, he has directed music videos for MTV, VH1, as well as national commercials.

During his career, he has worked with Ron Howard, Bruce Cohen, McG, Bennett Miller, Alanis Morissette, James Toback, Brett Ratner, Danny Boyle, Spike Jonze, Gus Van Sant, Aisha Tyler, Warren Beatty, Magic Johnson, James Belushi, Jennifer Tilly, Michael Sheen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech & Chong, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Slash, Alice In Chains, Deepak Chopra, Melissa Etheridge, Hugh Hefner, Buck Henry, Dustin Lance Black, Tarsem, Gary Busey, Sarah Silverman, Marisa Tomei, Camilla Belle, and Scarlett Johansson.

In addition to his work in traditional film and TV, Rothe-Kushel has been a pioneer of new media since its inception. He was among the first in the field to monetize Internet-based viral content, and he has successfully developed, produced and deployed online content for local and federal government as well small businesses as well as Fortune 500 Companies like Nestlé.

In 2009, in addition to being selected as one of 30 of the most influential thought leaders under 30, Rothe-Kushel supervised the Los Angeles production of the top of the broadcast for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. In 2011, he produced “Golden Gods” for MTV & VH1, produced a stereoscopic 3D project, and produced four up-coming feature films, including Dream In American Rock & Roll: the Movie, and The Secret Lives of Dorks, starring James Belushi & Jennifer Tilly.  His up-coming movies The Courier and The Ganzfeld Experiment feature Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Iron Man 2), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), Dominic Purcell (Hijacked), and Billy Zane (Titanic, Back to the Future).

Rothe-Kushel has partnered with former agents (ICM, APA, Innovative, Gersh) on a Hollywood based production and management company. He also serves the board of delegates for the Producer’s Guild of America.

To learn more about Jethro Rothe-Kushel, check out his bio on IMDB.

First Impressions Count! – Common Interview Blunders

Although many of us try to convince ourselves otherwise, when applying for anything nowadays, interviews are a fact of life. And from the moment you greet your interviewer with a handshake, the judgment begins.

Play it safe and don’t let yourself make these mistakes come interview day :

“Ice, Ice, Baby”– Although it’s never a good idea to start practicing your newest stand up bit for interviewers, don’t let yourself get so caught up with nerves that you come off cold and boring. Smile, and don’t be afraid to laugh if the moment calls for it.

“Me, Me, Me” – Yes, it’s your interview – yes, you’re there to present your top attributes to the company, but don’t make the mistake of emphasizing what the employer can do for you. Instead, illustrate how you can be an asset to the organization. Never ask about salary before you get a job offer.

“I dunno…” – If you’re interviewing for a position, chances are, you’ll encounter a question like, “so tell me – what do you know about our company?” Make sure you know the job description inside and out, as well as information regarding their mission, staff, and history. Remember – a little research goes a long way.

“Excuse me, I’m up here.” — You don’t have to give your interviewer a stare-down, but make sure that while you answer questions, your gaze isn’t roaming around the room, or down in your lap. Make consistent, frequent eye contact to show you’re engaged and listening.

For more tips on how to ace your next interview, check out this article from Techvibes, which covers 1o common mistakes people make during job interviews, verbal and nonverbal.

Head’s Up: Apply Now for Dartmouth Partners in Community Service Internships

Want an internship in Community Service — and an alumni mentor to boot? Apply to spend a leave term as an intern with the Dartmouth Partners in Community Service program. The deadline for Winter Term applications is October 10. (You’ve got two weeks to put your application in!)

The Dartmouth Partners in Community Service (DPCS) mission is to inspire Dartmouth students to join with Dartmouth alumni and their families in addressing problems facing our society. The DPCS program allows Dartmouth students to invest in their civic growth, personal growth and liberal education by participation in full-time, leave-term community service internships.  Interns are matched with Dartmouth alumni, who serve as mentors for the interns.

For more about the DPCS program, visit the program website here.

CAREER BLITZ: Communication

Topics Include:

  2. CAREER CONVERSATION:  Landing a Career in Film, TV, New Media & Entertainment
  3. Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship & Apprenticeship for Minorities – POST-GRAD
  4. WPP Marketing Fellowship – POST-GRAD
  5. CAREER CONVERSATION : Journalism Needs Writers & Reporters
  6. Publishing Internships – Anthem Press – London
  7. AdvertisingMost Promising Minority Students Program POST-GRAD
  8. Career Opportunities in WRITING
  9. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)- INTERNSHIPS
  10. Public Broadcasting – Jobs & Internships



Marketing: The systematic planning, implementation and control of a mix of business activities intended to bring together buyers and sellers for the mutually advantageous exchange or transfer of products. It includes advertising, market research, media planning, public relations, product pricing, distribution, customer support, sales strategy, and community involvement.

Advertising:  The paid, public announcement of a persuasive message by an identified sponsor; the presentation or promotion by a firm of its products to its existing and potential customers. Advertising is only one piece of the marketing strategy/process. It’s the part that involves getting the word out concerning your business, product, or the services you are offering. It involves the process of developing strategies such as ad placement, frequency,  etc. Advertising includes the placement of an ad in such media as newspapers, direct mail, billboards, television, radio, and the Internet.

2) CAREER CONVERSATION:  Landing a Career in Film, TV, New Media & Entertainment

Guest:  Jethro Rothe-Kushel ’03 – President of Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association.  OCT. 1 (Mon) 12:30 – 1:30 PM.  Career Services – R.S.V.P. at

3) The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship & Apprenticeship for Minorities:

An 18-month program for students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. Students study newspaper journalism on the master’s level at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, followed by a paid professional apprenticeship.  Deadline:  FEB. 1

4) WPP Marketing Fellowship – POST-GRAD:

Rotate through *3* one-year assignments through WPP companies, (branding, marketing, advertising, direct marketing, media investment, public relations, etc) around the world.  >>Get started on you application now!   DEADLINE:    NOV. 8

5) CAREER CONVERSATION : Journalism Needs Writers & Reporters

Guest:  Joe Mathewson – Prof. of Journalism at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism & Dartmouth Trustee Emeritus.  OCT. 26 (Fri) – 3:30 PM  in Career Services.  R.S.V.P. at:

6) Publishing Internships – Anthem Press – London:

Editorial –Marketing-Design –

7) American Advertising FederationMost Promising Minority Students Program POST-GRAD:

(3 days in New York) Connects the advertising industry with the nation’s top minority college Seniors. This premier event provides opportunities to recruit fresh talent, to further prepare advertising’s best young prospects and to help the industry’s workforce better reflect the multiculturalism of today’s society.     The program offeris networking, interviewing and industry immersion opportunities with industry professionals.   DEADLINE:  OCT. 26

8) Career Opportunities in WRITING – (7-day lending from Career Services)

A collection of job descriptions within categories such as newspaper and news services, magazines, television, radio, book publishing, arts and entertainment, business communications and public relations, advertising, federal government, scholastic/academic/non-profit institutions and freelance services/self-publishing.

FYIIn the Dartmouth Career Network, 201 alums are Writers! Learn about this career by doing an “information interview” with them to get a better understanding how to pursue this profession.  Check it out here:

9) Federal Communications Commission (FCC)- INTERNSHIPS

A variety of departments/internships, from Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, to the Office of General Counsel, to International Bureau to Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. Rolling applications

10) Public Broadcasting – Jobs & Internships – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB):  Jobline


Check out our COMMUNICATIONS webpage at

To make an Appointment to discuss your career plans, call 603-646-2215








CAREER BLITZ: International


  2. Teach for China – POST GRAD
  3. $$ Funding for Study Abroad
  4. European Economic and Social Committee Traineeships POST-GRAD
  5. American Australian Association – INTERNSHIP
  6. Luce Scholars Program – Intern in AsiaPOST-GRAD
  7. Trade – U.S. Commercial Service INTERNSHIPS
  8. London ­ Mountbatten Institute Internship Program – POST-GRAD
  9. Washington Office on Latin America – INTERNSHIPS
  10. Trainee Analysts – Business Monitor International – POST-GRAD



SUMMER –NOV.  1          FALL – MARCH 1                SPRING (Dartmouth Winter or Spring) – JULY 1

2) Teach for China – POST GRAD:

2-year teaching fellowships in China’s most indigent rural schools. (The only program in China collaborating with Teach For All’s global network, a Teach For America affiliate).  *First Deadline:  SEPT. 23

3) $$ Funding for Study Abroad

The Boren Scholarship supports study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, enabling you to add important international and language components to your education. Boren Scholars and Fellows are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.  Deadline: FEB. 13, 2013

4) European Economic and Social Committee Traineeships (5 mos.) – POST-GRAD

Work in Belgium with a mentor in, carrying out research in a particular area, and in evaluating economic, financial and technical cooperation projects and programmes and drawing up records of meetings. *SEPT. 29     (For a Feb –July experience)

5) American Australian Association – INTERNSHIP:

The Association promotes ties across the Pacific through its corporate, education, and social and cultural programs. A 1-3 month long, unpaid (except for daily travel commutation charges) year round internship program positions for recent graduates and 3rd/4th year. Submit three letters of reference, resume and a cover letter to

6) Luce Scholars Program – (1yr.) Intern in AsiaPOST-GRAD:

Placements (individually arranged based on interest) can be made in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. (Applicant cannot  already have significant experience in Asia or majored in Asian Studies).

***CAMPUS DEADLINE:  OCT. 1      *Requires Nomination by Scholarship Office

7) Trade – U.S. Commercial Service – International Locations for INTERNSHIPS:

The U.S. Commercial Service helps American exporters navigate the international sales process.  Search by country – many have internship link on site.  If not, you can ask directly.  Offices prefer applications 6 months in advance, but no less than 3.

8) London ­ Mountbatten Institute Internship Program (1yr.) – POST-GRAD:

Combines full-time work with seminars, self-assessment, and projects leading to either the Certificate or MBA in International Business Practice.

Deadline:  OCT. 1 for March session

9)Washington Office on Latin America – INTERNSHIPS:

WOLA promotes human rights, democracy, and social justice by working with partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. Interns collaborate on a mix of research, analytical, and administrative work and are assigned to various programs—communications or one of many policy areas. Interns may help with technology, the media, finance, and event planning.

10) Trainee Analysts – Business Monitor International – POST-GRAD:

Business Monitor International (BMI), a leader in emerging markets analysis, is recruiting high-calibre graduates to join its Americas Country Risk and Industry Analysis team in the rapidly expanding New York office. Receive extensive training in all areas of country risk and industry analysis and forecasting. The company also subsidizes external courses, such as the CFA and relevant language courses.   (Search Editorial and Research-Graduate Applications)


U.S. Department of State –  Foreign Service Office Management Specialist positions. For more information (, and to start the online application process. DEADLINE:  SEPT. 26   You are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure you meet all of the requirements, and fully understand the special circumstances involving a career in the Foreign Service before applying. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. Please visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for answers regarding the Foreign Service Specialist selection process. The forums can be found under Engage on the website.




Today: Learn How to Ace the Case Interview!

Wondering how to prepare for case interviews? There’s still time to sign up for the “Cracking the Case” workshop today — led by experienced consultants:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012; 4:30 at Silsby Room 028
To sign up, click here.

(If you haven’t heard of case interviews before, case interviewing is a technique used frequently used by employers to gauge your approach to problem solving. Employers interviewing students on-campus generally let you know in advance if they will be using a case during your interviews so you can prepare in advance.)

Green Careers Digest: Environmental Jobs & Internships

Every two weeks during the term, we send a short list of environmental career opportunities to all students who have subscribed to receive this information via Dartboard. If you see something you want to share with the list, send an e-mail to Chandlee Bryan.



1)      Environment America –  Environmental Fellowship Program POST-GRAD (2 yr)

2)      Green Corps – Environmental Leadership Program POST-GRAD (1 yr) (Nationwide)

3)      New York Sun Works – WINTER INTERNSHIP (NY)

4)      Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (MD)

5)      United Nations Environment Programme – WINTER INTERN (DC)

6)      Climate Institute – WINTER INTERNSHIP (DC)

7)      DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory INTERNSHIPS (Nationwide)

8)      Vermont Institute of Natural Science – INTERNSHIP

9)      All Ivy Environmental Career Fair – March 1 (NY)


1)      Environment America  – Environmental Fellowship Program (2 yr.) (Nation-wide) (POST-GRAD) Environment America is a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations. The two-year Fellowship Program for recent graduates teaches participants to plan and run strategic state and national campaigns. Learn how to identify solutions to critical environmental problems and organize public support for your campaigns. To apply, submit your application through Dartboard by October 7.

2)      Green Corps  –  Environmental Leadership Program  (1 Yr)  (Nation-wide)
Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws supporting clean, renewable energy, and convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans.  Get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. 35 college graduates from across the U.S. will be selected to participate in this paid program. Apply through Dartboard by October 7.

3)      New York Sun Works – Winter Internship (NYC)
Implement a hands-on/project based environmental sciences curriculum while using 21st century urban farming technology at a cutting-edge learning environment, the Greenhouse Project Classrooms in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Help Greenhouse Project classroom teachers with daily teaching and system maintenance for facility with features ranging from solar panels and hydroponics to a fish farm and weather station. The position is unpaid but includes a Metro card for transportation. Application deadline to apply for winter deadlines is Friday, October 5.

4)      Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Internship Program  (MD) Gain hands-on experience in environmental research and education working directly with senior researchers. A National Science Foundation (NSF) designated Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), projects include terrestrial, atmospheric and estuarine environmental research work. Paid opportunities available throughout the year.

5)      The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Winter Internship (DC)
The United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (RONA), works to ensure that UNEP global programs satisfactorily address regional needs and priorities. Projects are assigned based on skills, knowledge and interests; opportunities available in Communications, Government Affairs, Environment Research, Environment Policy, Ecosystems Management and the Scientific Technical Advisory Panel (STAP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF). Winter application deadline is October 15.

6)      The Climate Institute  Winter Internship (DC)
The Climate Institute seeks to inform key government and corporate decision-makers, heighten international awareness of climate change, and identify practical ways of achieving significant emissions reductions. Voluntary internships are available in Washington, DC and on a virtual basis. Apply now for winter term internships – and follow-up to educate the Institute on your availability based on the Dartmouth term calendar.

7)      Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) – Nationwide
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. Winter application deadline is October 1.

8)      Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) – Internship (Quechee, VT)
VINS provides environmental education programs for adults, families, and school children; partners with leading conservation organizations to promote environmental science field research; and operates New England’s premier avian wildlife rehabilitation clinic at the VINS Nature Center. Call to discuss potential opportunities for Winter term.

9)      All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career FairMarch 1, 2013 (NY)
Interested in environmental internships, full-time jobs, and career opportunities from grad school and sustainability to wind power and environmental advocacy? Mark your calendar for March 1, 2013. You’re invited.