About Internships

WISP 2020-2021: Program Changes

Because of the pandemic, access to Dartmouth campus facilities, including research facilities and labs, is highly limited. For this reason, the fall matching process for the WISP research internship program was suspended. The WISP program will be active during winter term but with a different structure and focus. If restrictions on campus access are lifted, the matching process may be rescheduled for winter term so that students can engage in faculty-mentored research in the spring.

2021 Research Internship Application Process Timeline

  • Interview period:  March 16-23, 2021
  • Submit online Internship Preference form by March 24, 2021
  • Notification of Matches: March 28, 2021

Hands-On Experience Since 1991

The WISP Research Internship Program, established in 1991, matches undergraduate women with faculty mentors in paid, part-time research internships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. WISP internships provide early hands-on research experience and the opportunity for mentoring from a research scientist or faculty member.

Internships last two terms (winter and spring) and interns present their work at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium in May.

Program Goals

WISP provides you with hands-on research experience that will supplement your science education and help you develop:

  • Research skills
  • A better understanding of scientific inquiry and culture
  • An awareness of science and/or engineering career possibilities


  • First-year women: any STEM discipline (including Psychological & Brain Sciences).
  • Sophomore women: chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics/astronomy (areas where women are most under-represented).