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Rockefeller Internships Program

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

The Rockefeller Internships Program provides resources for students interested leave-term internships in the fields of public policy, public affairs, and social entrepreneurship. Selected interns 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.  Students funded by the Rockefeller Center intern with a wide variety of organizations and agencies. These include government entities, non-profits, and think tanks focusing on any of the sectors within public policy, public affairs, and social entrepreneurship, including economics, education, environment, health, international relations, advocacy, development, social reform, and/or law. Internships may take place within the U.S. or worldwide. Hui Cheng '16 interning at the U.S. Department of Justice

Dartmouth undergraduate students are eligible to apply for up to $4,000 in funding to help to defray the cost of living expenses associated with performing an unpaid internship in public policy, public affairs, or social entrepreneurship.  To be eligible, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Students must be interning during a leave term prior to his/her last term at Dartmouth.
  • Internship must have a clear connection to public policy, public affairs, and/or social entrepreneurship.
  • 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 for the same internship from other Centers, such as the Dickey Center, the Tucker Foundation, or the Center for Professional Development, student may accept only ONE grant per term.

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.


Brandon Debot '14 interning at the White House

2014-2015 Application Deadlines: 

Fall 2014

July 16, 2014

Winter 2015

October 15, 2014

Spring 2015

January 28, 2015

Summer 2015

April 22, 2015

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.

Please note that 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 could include, but is not limited to: law firms, media/news companies, and consulting firms.  We do not fund post-graduation internships.

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 coordinator (contact information below). You will be allowed to submit an application completed to the best of your ability along with a written proposal and faculty recommendation so that you remain eligible for consideration. If you are chosen, funding will be contingent on securing your internship.

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 Coordinator, Co-curricular Programs

Last Updated: 3/5/15