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Leave Term Internships

Searching for a job or internship for the summer or a leave term can be challenging, particularly if you've never done it before. Even for those of us who have, it's hard to find the time. But it is important that you get started as soon as possible. The following are some helpful tips and listings to get you started.

Finding a Leave-term Internship

Much of a successful internship application is making yourself stand out. Think about what interests you. Take a look at things you are already doing on campus and consider how they contribute to your experience as a well-rounded Dartmouth student.

Just remember, you have a lot to offer potential programs! Don’t get discouraged if your application doesn’t make the first cut — just consider it as an opportunity to reevaluate what your research goals are and determine a new set of programs to apply for.

You may notice some of the internship dates listed will not correspond precisely with Dartmouth’s term system. For example, an internship may start in late May, before Dartmouth concludes its spring term. Do not be deterred. Inquire right away as to whether the institution or organization will allow you to begin after classes end. Be proactive — it gets results!

And lastly, don’t forget this is your leave term — Enjoy It! Find a program that you like, in a place that you will enjoy, with people that you can connect with. It will make the experience that much more memorable!

Helpful Resources

 Hints from WISP Students and Alumnae

  • Laura DeLorenzo ‘10: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) (ppt)
  • Kristen Klepac ‘10:  NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) (ppt)
  • Kate Strayer-Benton ‘05: Tips to National Institutes of Health Internship Success
    1. Think about: What interests you?
    2. Read through the descriptions of labs and branches online.
    3. There are lots of institutes!
    4. Make a list of 5 (or 10 or more) positions that most reflect your research goals.
    5. Visit the master website:
    6. If you are going for the traditional summer positions, visit here.
    7. What do you say to the research lab?
    8. They will want a cover letter and resume.
    9. Include in your cover letter your research interests and experience.
    10. Be prepared to provide a transcript, a letter of good standing, and references.
    11. How long do you wait?
    12. The general rule in internship/job searching: Follow up!
    13. Blitz is not always the answer. Pick up the phone!
    14. Talk to current IRTAs!  Not all labs are the same: Find out more about the group and what you will do!
    15. Take your pick!  Choose the opportunity that best fits your research interests and/or personal preference

Last Updated: 10/5/16