The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Application Requirements

Please complete and submit all of the following required documents in order to be considered for Rockefeller Internship Funding.

Written proposal 

  • This document should be two to three pages long. Please be sure to include a header with your name, the program that you are applying to, and the date. Number your pages. At the beginning of the document, list the name of the organization (as well as the specific office, agency, or bureau) that you plan to work for, its location, and its website.

  • Within the proposal, please address the following points:

    • How will your proposed internship gain you experience with public policy, public affairs, or social entrepreneurship?

    • What are the responsibilitied and requirements of the internship, and how are you qualified to complete them?

    • What are your academic and career goals, and how will this internship advance them?

    • What academic, co-curricular, and prior work experience do you have that has prepared you for this internship?

  • Save this as a PDF. You will be uploading this proposal through the application form.

Application

  • Complete an application form.

  • Include a 100 to 150 word personal bio.

  • Include the URL to your LinkedIn public profile (view a tipsheet).

  • Include realistic estimates for the costs associated with this internship to complete your budget and funding request.

  • You will need to have specific information about the internship host organization, including supervisor and organization website. If you do not know whom your supervisor will be, contact the program officer before the deadline to discuss an appropriate course of action.

  • We are not able to accept applications for internships that you have not yet applied for.

  • We are not able to grant extensions for the application and written proposal because all applications are considered simultaneously during the selection process. If you have applied for an internship but have not yet been fully accepted or if you are waiting for security clearance, you may still submit your funding application. You will be required to forward any email from your internship organization confirming that you are being considered. Keep in mind that if you are granted funding for that internship, it will not be transferrable to a different internship if you decide to accept a different opportunity. If you have any concerns, be sure to speak with the program officer before the application deadline.

One recommendation

  • This recommendation must come from a Dartmouth professor or administrator.

  • Don't forget to give them the recommendation form handout so they have a chance to draft responses in advance and have the URL directly. 

  • We are not able to grant extensions on the faculty recommendation - be sure to make your request with enough time for the recommender to submit before the deadline.

Supervisor acceptance

  • Complete a supervisor acceptance form.

  • If you still have not received final acceptance to your internship, you may be eligible for an extension on your supervisor acceptance form. Be sure to request an extension to the internships program officer before the application deadline and final decisions will be contingent on submission of this form. You will be asked to forward a confirmation that you have applied to your desired internship and are currently being considered in order to remain eligible.

Short interview

  • Soon after the application deadline passes, you will be sent a link to sign up for a short interview with a member of the Rockefeller Center staff.

Application tips

  • Place your top priority on securing an internship, then determine how you will apply for funding. Not all students who apply are awarded funding, so we encourage you to research and strategize alternative funding methods as well.
  • At least three to four weeks before you submit your application, we encourage you to visit us during our internships office hours to review your eligibility for the program with a Rockefeller Internships Program staff member. 
  • Visit the Center for Professional Development to perfect your résumé and cover letter(s).
  • Plan ahead: request your faculty recommendation, supervisor acceptance form, and any necessary visa or travel waivers early!
  • Talk to past Rockefeller Center interns about their experiences and ask for application tips.
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