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Public Affairs and Public Policy Internships

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

The Rockefeller Center can help you find, fund, and prepare for a leave-term internship experience in public policy research, public policy analysis, issue evaluation, and/or activities which help shape and determine public policy - whether at the local, state, national or international level.  Students funded by the Rockefeller Center intern with a wide variety of organizations and agencies. These include government entities, non-profits, or think tanks focusing on any of the sectors within public policy, including economics, education, environment, health, international relations, 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.  To be eligible, individuals must meet these requirements:

  • Students must be interning during a leave term before his/her last term at Dartmouth.
  • Internship must have a clear connection to public policy and/or public affairs.
  • 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 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.

Brandon Debot '14 interning at the White HouseGrants 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, consulting firms.  We do not fund post-graduation internships.

2014-2015 Application Deadlines: 

Fall 2014

July 16, 2014

Winter 2015

October 15, 2014

Spring 2015

January 28, 2015

Summer 2015

April 22, 2015

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, submit an application completed to the best of your ability along with a written proposal.

Through the generous support of our donors, the Rockefeller Center's internship 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 Public Affairs and Public Policy Internships Program, Contact

Samuel T. Williamson, Program Coordinator, Co-curricular Programs

Last Updated: 8/12/14