How to Apply

First Steps

  • Missed the internship info session?
  • Review the program timeline.
  • Be sure that you are eligible to work at Dartmouth (if neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident). 
  • Check your time commitments during winter and spring terms. Heavy time demands in a sport or music may interfere with some internships.
  • Complete the online profile form that will be used during the internship interview process. You will receive a copy of your submission via email.
    • NOTE: A link to this form is only available during the application period (mid-September through November).
  • Read the project descriptions: Find projects that interest you in the online database.
    • Some projects at DHMC involve accessing internal systems, and these projects will require that students have a social security number.
    • NOTE: A link to the online database is only available during the application period.

Email potential faculty mentors

Request an interview for projects that interest you. Do this early! Some faculty may limit the number of interviews they conduct.

Your email should include the following:

  • Subject header: WISP Interview Request
  • Describe your motivation: Your introductory paragraph should include your motivation for the specific project. Modify this for each project.
  • Interview request: Politely request an interview. You can include your availability, but be as flexible as possible. Faculty are very busy and may not have much scheduling flexibility.
  • Other information: Your internship profile form.
  • Follow up: if you do not get a response from a mentor within a day or so, follow up via email or phone.

Interview Process

All interviews must be completed at least one day before the Online Preferences Form deadline.

Keep appointments

Be on time, and if your schedule changes and you need to reschedule, contact faculty immediately. If the internship is off-campus, factor in time involved getting there.

Prepare

Review our information about interviewing.

During the interview

Have paper and a writing implement to take notes. Ask questions about both general and specific aspects of the project. For example, ask about the overall project goals, the roles and responsibilities of interns, and the general and specific time commitment.

Online Preferences Form

This is an introductory research experience, so be open to considering research projects in areas and departments about which you know little. Listing only one or two projects may reduce your chances of being matched.

At the same time, only list projects on the form that you would accept. You may be matched with any of the projects that you list, and it is expected that you will accept the project with which you are matched. If you decline your match, you will not be eligible for WISP funding for that academic year.

  • A link to the online preferences form will be available again in Fall 2018.

Wait for Match Results

If you are not matched in Round 1, there is a second round of projects, interviews, and matching. There are several reasons why students are not matched in the first round, so don't be discouraged. Often many students apply for the same project, and mentors can only select one or two interns.

WISP only funds students who are matched with faculty mentors through the WISP matching process. Students who find their own faculty research mentors outside of the WISP matching process are not eligible for funding from WISP (sophomores may apply for the Sophomore Science Scholars program).

Keep In Mind

These Are Paid Internships

WISP interns work 6-10 hours per week during winter and spring terms. Sophomores may work one or two terms, depending on their D-plans.

Interns are paid $10.00 per hour for up to 100 hours per term. This does count towards work-study requirements. Interns must complete the I-9 employment verification process prior to beginning their WISP internship.

Getting to Off-Campus Internships

Off-campus internships can be accessed through the Advance Transit bus system (it's free!).

Sophomores and Transfer Students

Sophomores: eligible for internships in chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, physics/astronomy.

Transfers: all internships are open to transfer women in their first year at Dartmouth.

You may not participate in another Dartmouth research program in the same year as a WISP internship (e.g. Sophomore Science Scholarships, First-Year Research Experiences in Engineering)

Other Options for First-Year Research

First-Year Research in Engineering: Research opportunities for first-year students who are considering a major in engineering. Students who apply for that program cannot apply for Round 1 of WISP matching. Students who apply for but are not accepted to the Thayer program may apply for Round 2 of WISP matching. 

Other opportunities: Students who do not participate in formal research programs, like WISP and Thayer, may also seek their own research opportunity.