"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.  


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reason (in good standing or not), you will not be eligible for Dickey Center funding during the terms in which you are withdrawn.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. 

Returning interns agree to participate in workshops or informational sessions related to internships. Following completion of the 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 the intern worked, and how the experience was meaningful.


To apply for funding if you are a new applicant, complete the Build an International Internship ONLINE APPLICATION by the application deadline. An application is considered INCOMPLETE if it does not include ALL items listed below.

Please note: Log-in by using your Dartmouth credentials/net id through the link provided above. Please do not create a new sign-in! If you have any issues or questions please contact Dickey.Student.Funding@dartmouth.edu.  We advise that you submit early and do not wait until the deadline. 

The application window will close at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

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 $5,000. 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. *not required if applying to partnered opporutnities 
  • Recommendation(s): Requests for recommendations are made directly through the application link. Please begin your application and use the links provided to invite 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. 

In addition, 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.  For more information on Dartmouth's Travel Safety Policy, Travel Registry, and Exception process, please visit the Global Dartmouth website HERE

Questions? We're here to help! Contact Peter Jenkison for virtual advising, or direct your questions to: dickey.student.funding@dartmouth.edu