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Northern Studies Internship Grants

Purpose

The purpose of the Northern Studies Internship grant is to support a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity for students with interests in a wide spectrum of northern forests and lands issues including:  wildlife conservation and management, forestry, recreation, water resources, and other environmental and economic concerns. 

Priorities

The most compelling applications for internships are those that propose making good educational use of Dartmouth’s physical resources (the Second College Grant and Mt. Moosilauke, for example) and take thoughtful advantage of the College’s educational resources (faculty and staff, libraries, existing records, etc.).  Other important considerations are the potential for the completed internship to benefit and inform the College’s stewardship and management of northern lands and resources (via data, results of research, impact of a project, etc) and the internships potential educational benefit to the student (considering, for example, past educational and other related experience and future plans).

Application Deadlines

 Applications will normally be reviewed twice a year:  once in the middle of fall term for winter and spring internships, and once in the middle of spring term for summer and fall internships.   The application deadline for winter and spring internships is noon on the 6th Wednesday of Fall term.  The application deadline for summer and fall internships is noon on the 6th Wednesday of Spring term.  The review committee will normally review applications within a week or two of the deadlines.

 Recipients and Terms

 The internships are primarily for current Dartmouth undergraduates, although graduate students and recent alumni/ae enrolled or soon to enroll in graduate programs elsewhere are also eligible.  The internship will normally be a full-time, leave-term project for the academic term in which it is awarded, so it is not presumed that the project will be part of an academic assignment or receive academic credit.  With appropriate academic departmental permissions and faculty advising, however, a project conducted on a student’s leave term may constitute field work for a thesis or other form of independent study.  Possibly, an internship may be awarded for a compelling proposal carried out part-time over two or more terms in conjunction with other academic work.  Depending on the nature and timing of the project, interns may receive the use of on-site housing (use of a cabin at the Grant, for example).  Students may propose self-initiated projects, and faculty and administrative departments may propose internship projects for which students may apply.  The normal stipend for a one-term internship is $3500 ($3000 allocated when the grant is awarded and $500 allocated when a suitable final report is received).  Applicants should submit the attached application form to the Outdoor Programs Office by the deadlines noted above. 

 Examples of Possible Projects

  • Assist the Director of Outdoor Programs and the College Forester in implementing a wildlife habitat conservation program
  • Conduct historical research, locate and conserve artifacts, and prepare educational materials
  • Observe and document types and patterns of recreational use of relevant College properties (snowmobile use in the Grant, for example)
  • Prepare educational/interpretive materials for users of properties (maps, wildlife guides, historical information, etc.)
  • Study water resource issues (drinking-water quality, flowage, etc.)
  • Research for a variety of academic projects (wildlife biology, fisheries, ecology, etc.)

 Selection Process

 Applications will be reviewed and awards determined by the Director of Outdoor Programs in consultation with staff colleagues, the President of the DOC, and appropriate faculty.  Normally one or two grants will be awarded each academic year.

 Questions?

 If you have questions, please contact:

Dan Nelson or Brian Kunz:  603-646-2356

Dartmouth Outdoor Programs Office

P.O. Box 9, HB 6142, Hanover, NH  03755

Daniel.Nelson@Dartmouth.edu

Brian.Kunz@Dartmouth.edu

Selection Process

Download this application and follow the instructions on it.

Applications will be reviewed and awards determined by the Director of Outdoor Programs in consultation with staff colleagues, the President of the DOC, and appropriate faculty. Normally one or two grants will be awarded each academic year.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact: 

Dan Nelson or Brian Kunz

Dartmouth Outdoor Programs Office
P.O. Box 9, HB 6142
Hanover, NH 03755
603-646-2428

Last Updated: 9/14/15