Stories From the Field

Sep 18, 2019

By Ava Hill ‘22

When I signed up to boat around northern Canada to do archaeology for nearly two months, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I imagined a picturesque, adventure-filled summer, like something out of a Wes Anderson movie. Turns out that, visually, I wasn’t far off. The colorful houses and boats of coastal northern canada, along with the icebergs and arctic birds, made for great cinematography. As we drove up towards Lushes Bight, Newfoundland, where our boat the Pitsuilak was docked, I felt romanticization of the region creeping in. Even now, the beauty of...

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Feb 22, 2019

By Ali Prevost-Reilly, Dartmouth '21Ilisimatusarfik, the University of Greenland Exchange Student, 2018


When I first told people I was going to study at Ilisimatusarfik- the University of Greenland for the fall of 2018, responses ranged from a shocked, “Woah” to, “But Greenland’s not a real place.” Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, I spent three months in Nuuk taking courses in international human rights law and indigenous rights, trying to navigate directions in Greenlandic (a language...

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Feb 13, 2019

November 2, 2018

Check out this fantastic video and story on the Dartmouth Institute of Arctic Studies' amazing work in Greenland. Faculty working with students, demonstrating what's great about a Dartmouth education.

To see read the story and/or watch the video, click here.

Jan 28, 2019
Matthew Magann

During the summer of 2018, Matthew worked as a communications intern for the Collateral Repair Project (CRP), an NGO serving refugees in Amman, Jordan. CRP offers direct assistance to refugees, but much of its work centers around rebuilding communities. Matthew had a variety of responsibilities including; interviewing people at CRP’s community center, writing articles and blogposts, maintaining a social media presence and teaching an English class.

By Matthew Magann ’21 Class of ’66 Named Intern

Collateral Repair Project runs a community center in Hashemi Shamali, one of...

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Jan 28, 2019
Edward Kamuhanda

Over the Summer of 2018, Edward Kamuhanda '21 interned at Interchange Learning Ltd in Kigali, Rwanda. In this position, he conducted field research with schools around the country about their STEM-readiness. Compiling his findings, he wrote recommendations for improving their capacity to meet the new demands of the national curriculum. Edward is currently a sophomore majoring in engineering. He is also an active member of the Global Village Living Learning Community. This internship experience has opened Edwards eyes to tech consulting, a field he is interested in gaining more experience...

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Jan 21, 2019
Kingsley Osei-Karikari

In the Fall of 2017, Kingsley set upon the task of building an electronic medical record system for the Brain Clinic and other mental health hospitals in Ghana. Going into the internship, Kingsley’s research idea was to conduct a statistical analysis at the Brain Clinic and other mental health centers while also learning and observing about the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses in various regions of Ghana. However, once arriving and talking with colleagues, Kingsley decided that the best way to maximize his time would be to build an electronic medical record system.


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Feb 22, 2018
David Ouma in Africa

During the summer of 2017, David Ouma '20 interned with Jibu Company in Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya. Jibu is a company that builds a network of locally owned franchises that enhance access to clean drinking water within communities. David worked with the corporate and engineering/tech teams.

by David Ouma ’20, Class of 1966 Named Intern

I spent the first part of my internship in Kampala, Uganda, where Jibu Company is quite established and has a big market presence. While there I was trained by the in-country Jibu engineer on the ultra-filtration equipment used by the franchises...

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Jan 8, 2018
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by Justin Goggin ’18

Justine spent Winter 2017 at Amaka Art Therapy, a not-for-profit organization based in Athens, Greece, that organizes art therapy and intercultural education programs for marginalized youth.

As an actress and a singer who is passionate about human rights, I found my work at Amaka to be an inspiring exploration of the intersection of arts and human rights work. The women who work there are highly trained and passionate in their respective fields, all professional artists (directors, painters, sound designers, photographers) as well as university educated...

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Aug 3, 2017
Milan Chutanni with friends

by Milan Chuttani ’18

During the fall of 2016, Milan Chuttani '18 interned with the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore, Maryland. Names have been modified to preserve the anonymity of IRC clients.

I have always been passionate in making people feel welcome in communities I care about. As a student of international relations, I am also fascinated by the consequences of wars, politics, and rivalries between world powers. Interning with the Asylee Case Management team at the International Rescue Committee resettlement office in Baltimore provided me the unique ability...

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Jul 31, 2017
Alex with students

by Victoria Chi '17

During the spring of 2017, Alexander Cotnoir ’19 interned in Costa Rica at Osa Conservation, an organization that works to protect the biodiversity of Osa Peninsula.

When students engage in internships abroad, they often have to adapt to new and unexpected work environments. Few students, however, have to brave thunderstorms and earthquakes, poisonous snakes and insects, and toxic plants. Environmental Studies major Alexander Cotnoir ’19 confronted all of these obstacles, fearlessly and even with excitement, during his internship in the spring of 2017....

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