Dartmouth field hockey captain Virginia Peisch (Koenigstein, Germany) will serve as a link between Big Green athletics and the Upper Valley community as the Jaeger Civic Intern for the upcoming academic year.

The internship is named in honor of former Director of Athletics Richard G, Jaeger and promotes and facilitates local community service by Dartmouth student-athletes. The Jaeger Intern serves as a coordinator for matching community service by Dartmouth Athletic teams or groups to community needs and opportunities.

A cooperative venture between the Department of Athletics and the Tucker Foundation, the internship is located within the Department of Athletics, where primary supervision occurs, but a close working relationship with the staff of the Tucker Foundation is an essential component of the intern’s planning, training and project management. On-campus recruitment, community needs assessment, and evaluations are all areas of work and learning challenge for this internship. Peisch will also be responsible for writing a blog every two weeks, so interested parties can view the work that is going on with the internship.

“We chose Virginia for several reasons, among them are her past experience and her strong ability to articulate them,” said Anne Hudak, an Assistant Athletic Director for Student Enhancement. “We believe Virginia will do a great job reaching out to the athletes and helping connect them with opportunities in the community. “She is driven and focused, two qualities we need in the Jaeger Intern. There are no set office hours for the intern, so we needed to be sure to hire someone who can not only work independently, but be resourceful as well. Having been a captain on her team for the past year, Virginia has gained valuable skills we believe will help her with the internship.”

Peisch has been a well-known face around athletics and especially at Chase AstroTurf Field. She is a two-time first team All-Ivy selection and was selected as a first team All-Northeast Region representative as well. Two seasons ago, she was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection after breaking the school record with 16 and this past season, she almost tied her own mark with 15 helpers in 2009.  She was a captain for the Big Green as a junior and helped the team to its first winning season since 2005 with a 9-8 mark.

“We are fortunate to have so many individuals at Dartmouth who embody the term ‘student-athlete,’” said Senior Associate Athletic Director Drew Galbraith. “Virginia is a shining example with her academic and athletic accomplishments, as well as her committment to community service. Virginia’s passion for engagement in the Upper Valley is truly remarkable.”

Peisch replaces senior men’s tennis player Jeff Friedman (Westport, Conn.), who held the position for two years. “Jeff established a new standard for Jaeger Interns over the past two years and we fully expect Virginia to build upon that foundation,” said Galbraith.

Jaeger Intern 2009-2010