Gain new international perspectives by spending a leave-term living and working abroad as a Dickey International Intern. Whatever your focus of study, it will be enriched when re-examined through an international lens.
The Dickey Center provides funding opportunities for students to broaden their international perspectives and their understanding of different cultures by carrying out leave-term projects abroad.
The ideal Dickey International Internship enriches some aspect of your on-campus academic work. An international internship should also develop your ability to communicate comfortably with persons from other cultures and to understand the processes for addressing international issues that confront nations. Students should ideally be familiar with the language of the country in which they wish to intern.
Consult Dickey Center Funding Options for additional sources of support for internships. View a slide show on leave-term opportunities. Come visit the Dickey Center and look through previous students' projects for ideas.
Applicants must be undergraduates returning to campus for at least one term after completing the internship. Returning interns agree to participate as requested in workshops or informational sessions relating to internships in general.
You are required to submit a 3-5 page report after completion of their project. You should describe not only the kind of work you did, but also tell us something about the organizations that hosted you, the people with whom you worked, and how the experience was meaningful to you.
Applications are due in the Dickey Center office in Haldeman by 4:00pm of the deadline date.
- Winter 2014: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
- Spring 2014: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 *New Date*
- Summer 2014: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tips from Interns
What do I emphasize in my funding essay?
Do I have to budget all $4,000?
- Why you, why this, why now! Help us understand your skill set, academic and co-curricular background and how all this connects to this particular internship opportunity.
- Try to elaborate on past experiences you have had and classes you have taken, and then try to link those to your future career and personal goals.
- Explain why it is important that you travel to this particular region and also why it is important that you have this experience now at this specific time in your life.
What sort of visa do I apply for?
- No. Budget as much money as you will need, $4,000 is just the maximum you can receive. Budgeting more or less money will not decrease or increase the likelihood your internship will get funded. BUT, be realistic about your costs and try not to over or underestimate.
How do I find an internship?
- Usually students just use a tourist visa; however, it is always best to check with the embassy of the country to which you are traveling.
Start by thinking about your interests and what region of the world is most appealing to you. Look back on classes you have taken at Dartmouth and find ways to build off these experiences.
How can I tell if an internship is legit?
- Come and look through the binders in the Loo Lounge to see what kind of things students have done in the past. If something sounds interesting to you, blitz that person and set up a time to talk further.
- Visit Careers Services to talk about options and to search the student internship database.
- Look at www.idealist.org. Lots of organizations will post available internships and volunteer positions on this site. Use this to get a sense of what organizations are out there and what opportunities exist in your area of interest.
- Be creative! Talk to your professors. Contact organizations/businesses you’ve read about or seen in the media. Network with people you know working in a field that interests you. Try to alumni network through Dartboard, Alumni Relations office, etc.
Does my internship have to be abroad?
- Try talking to other people who have worked for the organization in the past.
- If you can, however, try to avoid set internship programs where you pay a fee. While many of these programs offer wonderful experiences, a lot can be learned through organizing an internship yourself. Also, when you organize your own experience you can create it to fit your personal interests and goals, which will likely make you more invested in the work you do.
Does the Dickey Center offer set internship programs?
- The vast majority of Dickey Internships take place in an international location. That said, on RARE occasion, funding has been extended for a US-based internship with a strong international focus and within an international community (i.e. working with refugees, or working for a particular country at the UN).
How many people get funding?
- Yes, there are a few through the Global Health initiative. Click here.
How long does the internship have to be?
What if I am an international student and want to do an internship in my home country?
- It depends from term to term; summer and winter terms are obviously more competitive because more students are “off.” On average about 40% of applicants are funded.
What if my country is on the US State Department Warning List?
- Dickey will not fund international students to return to their own country because the goal of the Dickey internship is to encourage cross-cultural experience. That being said, international students are encouraged to explore an internship in a culture and or region that is not their own.
- If your country of interest is on the US State Department Warning list you will need a travel waiver. Please contact Rose Davila (
) in the Provost's office. You must submit your materials by the application funding deadline.
- If you do not know if your country is on the list, check the US State Department website.
STEP A: Complete the online application (Click Here)
STEP B: Complete and submit the following:
1. Written proposal (3-5 page narrative, double spaced) that includes:
- Clear and complete information about the agency or community that you have selected, the goals of this group, and how your service will fit into the group's mission and goals. Be specific about your assignment and the tasks you will be performing.
- Your qualifications to fulfill the responsibilities and requirements of your work.
- Your academic, career, and/or personal goals and how you hope the fellowship project relates.
2. Letters of recommendation
One letter of recommendation from a Dartmouth faculty member. Note: A second letter of recommendation is not required but will be accepted if submitted.
3. Supervisor Statement
Please request an electronic unofficial transcript from the registrar and send it to
Materials can be delivered in person to the Dickey Center or emailed to