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Rockefeller Internships Program

The Rockefeller Internships Program provides resources for undergraduate students interested in leave-term internships in the fields of public policy, public affairs, and social entrepreneurship. Resources include:

  • Advising to help you narrow down sectors and organizations of interest
  • Published resources on the Rockefeller Internships Blog such as available internship opportunities and tips from past interns regarding topics such as securing housing
  • Funding up to $4000* that undergraduate students can apply for to help defray the cost of living expenses associated with their full-time, unpaid, leave-term internship related to public policy, public affairs, or social entrepreneurshipHui Cheng '16 interning at the U.S. Department of Justice

Eligibility Requirements for Funding

  • Selected internships will have a clear tie to activities which help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state, national or international** level - while offering the strongest learning and professional development opportunities and exposure to public policy leaders
  • Students must be interning during a leave term prior to his/her last term at Dartmouth
  • Internship organization must be a nonprofit or government organization
  • Applicant is expected to work 30-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks
  • Internship must be unpaid (a small travel stipend may be permitted)
  • Interns may only receive Rockefeller Internship funding ONCE in their academic career. Students who were also a Rockefeller Center First-Year Fellow or Mini-Grants recipient are still eligible for internship funding.
  • If applying for funding from other Centers, such as the Dickey Center, the Dartmouth Center for Service, or the Center for Professional Development, student may accept only ONE grant per term
  • Eligible 0rganizations include: government entities, non-profits, and think tanks focusing on policy sectors such as: economics, education, environment, health, foreign policy, advocacy***, development, social reform, and/or law. Internships may take place within the U.S. or worldwide**, though domestic internships are typically given priority
  • Internships with campaign organizations or for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding. Examples of for-profit internships that might have a public policy connection but do not meet our funding priorities include: law firms, media/news companies, and consulting firms. We do not fund post-graduation internships

We highly encourage you to set up an advising session with the Rockefeller Internships Program coordinator (contact information below) to confirm your interest in applying to the program and discuss your eligibility before the application deadline.


Bridget Golob interning at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

2015-2016 Application Deadlines

Fall 2015

July 22, 2015

Winter 2016

October 14, 2015

Spring 2016

January 27, 2016

Summer 2016

April 27, 2016

Applications that are received after the deadline are not able to be considered. If you have not heard back from your target host organization as the funding deadline approaches, please contact the Rockefeller Internships Program Officer for a recommended course of action to remain eligible for funding.

*Grants are subject to the availability of funds and students may be offered less than their original amount requested. These awards may be considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service. Please consult your tax professional for further information.

**If you are applying to an organization located in a foreign country currently under a U.S. Department of State travel warning, you will need to request a travel waiver from the Office of the Provost. Please plan accordingly and submit this waiver along with your application materials before the application deadline in order to remain eligible for funding.

***Internships with advocacy organizations are eligible, provided that students are engaging in research, policy analysis and public education, rather than engaging in lobbying, fundraising, or direct service which are not eligible activities.


Through the generous support of our donors, the Rockefeller Internships Program includes a number of Named Internships.  Learn more about the Dartmouth Classes and Individual Donors who have contributed funding for internships.  


For more information about the Rockefeller Internships Program, Contact:

Samuel T. Williamson, Program Officer

Last Updated: 10/14/15