"Build Your Own" Internship

Cross-cultural experiences are truly life-changing. International travel challenges you to examine your worldview and pushes you to question assumptions about yourself and others. With a "build your own" internship, the Dickey Center allows you to create your own experience with an organization that fits your interests, skills, and timeframe.  


The ideal Dickey International Internship enriches an aspect of your on-campus academic work. An international internship should also develop your ability to communicate comfortably with individuals from other cultures and to understand the processes for addressing international issues that confront nations. Students ideally should be familiar with the language of the country in which they want to intern.

You must be an enrolled Dartmouth College undergraduate on a registered leave term, and must be returning to Dartmouth for at least one term after completing the internship. If you withdraw from the College for any reason (in good standing or not), you will not be eligible for Dickey Center funding during the terms in which you are withdrawn. If you are accepted for a Dickey Center internship in a given term but withdraw from the College during that term, you must contact the Dickey Center immediately. See the College webpage on withdrawals for more information. 

All "Build Your Own" Internships must be 8-10 weeks in length and 35-40 hours per week. The innternship must be international in location and/or scope of work being completed.

If you have already recieved "Build Your Own" International Internship funding, you are not eligable to recieve it again. There are other funding programs at Dickey to look into and others across campus as well. Please reach out to Peter.W.Jenkinson@dartmouth.edu if you have any questions about this.

Returning interns agree to participate in workshops or informational sessions related to internships. Following completion of your internship, you are required to submit a 3-5 page report describing not only the kind of work done, but also something about the organizational host, the people with whom you worked, and how the experience was meaningful.


Click here to start your Build Your Own International Internship application. 

Please note: Use your Dartmouth credentials/net ID to log in at the link above. Please do not create a new sign-in. If you have any issues or questions please contact Peter.W.Jenkinson@dartmouth.edu We suggest you submit your application early -- don't wait until the deadline. 

Application Deadlines

  • ​Fall internships: Wednesday, July 24 by midnight. 

Items to Submit with Your Online Application

  • A resume/CV and an unofficial transcript: These are uploaded directly into the application.

  • A Budget: Standard funding available for travel-based internships is $5,500. If expenses are higher than the standard award amount please specify where additional funds will support. 
  • Supervisor Statement: Applicants must ask their host organizations to complete the Supervisor Statement, which verifies your offer of internship and includes a description of the work to be completed. (This is not required if you are applying to partnered opportunities.) 
  • Recommendation(s): Requests for recommendations are made directly through the application; use the links provided there to invite your recommenders to complete an online form.
    • One recommendation must come from a Dartmouth faculty member.
    • A second recommendation is suggested, but not required. Secondary recommendations can come from previous employers, advisors, staff, or an additional faculty member. 

Your application will be considered incomplete if it does not include all items listed above.

If you plan to travel to a country on Dartmouth's list of locations requiring a travel exception, you will also need to apply for and be granted a Travel Exception before funding may be awarded. Learn more about Dartmouth's Travel Safety Policy, Travel Registry, and Exception process here. *Before submitting, please schedule a meeting or email Peter.W.Jenkinson@dartmouth.edu to review travel exception.

Questions? We're here to help! Contact Peter Jenkinson