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Historical Accountability Student Research Externship

Through the creation of this program, we seek to situate Dartmouth, and issues of diversity and inclusion, within the larger context of regional university life. 

The Historical Accountability Program hopes to expand its exploration of institutional issues of diversity and inclusion beyond Dartmouth College. We are looking for applications that indicate an interest in conducting some form of research related to inter-institutional issues of diversity and inclusion or unique perspectives about Dartmouth in the repositories of other institutions.

During the length of your research period, you’ll pursue your own research interests related to institutional history using Rauner Special Collections Library and collections held by peer institutions. At the end of the externship period, the extern will present their work to the Dartmouth community with the expectation that further refinement of that work will lead to a formal piece of writing to be made accessible on this website.

Award and Expectations

Historical Accountability Student Research Externs will receive a lump sum of $3,000, which includes a $1,000 research stipend and $2,000 for room and board. Externs will be in frequent and regular residence at Rauner Library and the archives of their selected institution during their four-week period of research. The month will culminate in the creation of a formal piece of writing that makes substantive use of primary sources from Rauner and/or the selected institution’s repository.

Externs will present the results of their project and discuss their research process at a public reception which will include a question-and-answer session. Because this is a full-time position, the extern may not be engaged in any other classes or programs during the four-week period.

Application Process

All externs will be selected on a competitive basis from applicants interested in conducting original research at Rauner Special Collections Library and other special collections repositories. 

Students must choose between institutions determined to have sufficient archival material about Dartmouth College or members of the Dartmouth community. The institutional respositories currently eligible for externship project(s) are:

  • Mt. Holyoke College Archives & Special Collections
  • Smith College Special Collections
  • Wellesley College Archives

For more information about the projects possible at each institution, please contact Myranda Fuentes. She can send you reports detailing sources related to Dartmouth at all the above repositories.

Criteria for selection will include:

  • Personal statement – student indicates clear motivations for applying, their interest in conducting research with primary sources (including any prior experience), their investment in issues of diversity and inclusion, and their peer institution of choice
  • Writing sample – academic writing in the humanities that demonstrates use of outside sources (primary or secondary)
  • Faculty letter of recommendation – provides evidence of student’s ability to complete project

Application portfolio will consist of:

  • A brief personal statement (up to three pages in length)
  • Proposed period of research (Winter intersession or Summer term)
  • Writing sample (up to 20 pages in length)
  • Resume or CV
  • One letter of support from a faculty member

To apply:

Submit your application portfolio to the Myranda Fuentes, Institutional History Research Specialist and chair of the selection committee. Your letter of support should be sent separately to the same address by your recommender.

The selection committee will not consider your application until it has received your recommender’s letter. We will notify you once we receive the letter, but you are responsible for ensuring its delivery.


This position is intended for students to participate in during Winter Intersession or part of the Summer term. While applications for other research periods are welcome at any time, there is a strict deadline to be considered for Summer 2021:

  • Deadline for Summer 2021 applications: May 14, 2021 (notification of the selection committee’s decision will occur no later than May 28, 2021)

As this research relies on the services of other repositories to external researchers, certain externship destinations may be unavailable as COVID-19 policies evolve at different institutions. We will update this page to reflect those changes when relevant.

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