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Women in Science Project
6243 Parker House, 2nd floor
(Located in a two-story white frame house)
Hanover, NH
Phone: (603) 646-3690
Email: WISP@Dartmouth.EDU
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Application Procedures

What Do I Need to Do?

View timeline with important deadlines and review project descriptions at

Initiating the Application

Download the application form at

  • Fill it out: Fill out an application for each internship you want to consider. Modify each application appropriately to best reflect your motivation for the project. Note: You will have a separate document for each application.
  • File name for application: Be sure to include your name and the project/faculty name in the file name for each application document. Example:  WISPapp_LastName_ProjectName
  • Blitz it out: Convert word document to PDF and e-mail  applications to the respective mentors. As part of the e-mail, request an interview. Initiate these contacts early — mentors are occasionally away from their labs or have pressing deadlines.
  • Follow up: If you do not get a response from a mentor within a day or so, follow up by Blitz or phone. Confirm they received your application. Arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss the internship, your interests, and relative background information.

The Interviews:

Complete ALL your interviews at least one day before application deadline

  • Keep appointments: Keep all interview appointments you have made. Call ahead if your schedule changes.
  • Prepare: Prepare yourself for the interview by reviewing “Interviewing Advice.”
  • During the interview: During the interview, discuss the internship project, your interests, and the blocks of time a mentor requires for the internship. Heavy time demands in a sport or music may interfere with some internships. Carefully think about other time commitments and winter term courses!

If the internship is off-campus, factor in time involved getting there!

Completing the Application:

This is a two-step process: After your interviews, submit your Top Choices online and e-mail one copy of your completed Application form — the one to the mentor with whom you'd most like to work is fine — to WISP.

2013 Application  submission deadlines:  Sunday, October 27 for Round 1 and  Tuesday, November 19 for Round 2. 

Important Notes and FAQ

 Why Have an Internship?

WISP internships provide early hands-on research experience and the opportunity for mentoring from a research scientist or faculty member. Faculty mentors and other researchers offer these opportunities early in your college career as a means to encourage and support your interest in the sciences. Keep your interests broad and consider the wide variety of internships available.

Are These Paid Internships?

Yes, WISP interns work 6-10 hours per week for both winter and spring terms (unless you're a sophomore). You will receive $8.00 per hour for up to 100 hours per term. Yes, this will go towards work-study requirements.

How Do I Get to Off-campus Internships?

Transportation: Off-campus internships are accessed through the Advance Transit bus system (it's free!). Check out their routes and schedules:

  • Blue Route — DHMC: Borwell, NCCC, Rubin, Centerra BioLabs, Centerra Parkway, Lebanon, NH
  • Brown Route — CRREL - 72 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH
  • Orange Route — VA Research Center, Route 5 White River Junction, VT

What If I'm a Sophomore or Transfer Student?

  • Sophomores: Yes, sophomores can apply! Internships in chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, physics, and those at CRREL are open to you. You can work any two terms, mutually agreed upon between you and the sponsor, between winter and summer terms of 2014.
  • Transfers: Yes, transfer students can apply! All internships are open to transfer women in their first year at Dartmouth.
  • If you are currently participating in another Dartmouth research program  (e.g. Sophomore Science Scholarships) you are not eligible to apply for a WISP internship.

Non-U.S. Citizens

Please note that CRREL interns must be U.S. citizens only. Students on a Dartmouth-sponsored F or J visa should contact the Office of Visa & Immigration Services for questions about the eligibility for paid WISP internships.  Students on any other type of visa or in any phase of permanent residency status should contact an immigration attorney for more information on work eligibility in general.

Last Updated: 8/15/14