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December Break Opportunities 2019

Available: December 2 – December 20, 2019

Deadline to Contact Potential Hosts: December 5, 2019

Class of 2023 & 2022 (undergraduates) Access Opens: Tuesday, October 22
Class of 2021 & 2020 (undergraduates) Access Opens: Wednesday, October 23


The Center for Professional Development and Office of Alumni Relations invite Dartmouth students to participate in a December break activity. This is a great opportunity to explore a career field through a job shadow or career day or build a specific skill set through a short-term project.

  • JOB SHADOW – Observe a professional for 1-5 days to gain a glimpse of the company culture, how the employee interacts with others, and specific skills/competencies the employee uses daily. This is an unpaid opportunity. Students are responsible for all expenses involved in arranging transportation to/from the host’s site, housing and meals.
  • SHORT-TERM PROJECT – Partake in a 1-4 week paid project (non-profit internships may be unpaid) to enhance or build a new skill set or competency. Examples: Develop a PowerPoint presentation, conduct market research, develop or work on an excel spreadsheet. Compensation is provided by the host.
  • CAREER DAY – Join other Dartmouth students in an event to learn more about an organization and career opportunities within. A career day could include a panel, tour, small group discussions, and/or presentation by members of the organization



  • All Participants Must Read and Adhere to the Student Terms of Agreement here.

**If you are an international student, contact your OVIS advisor to discuss your eligibility to participate in an externship opportunity, more specifically a paid short-term project.**

  • Log into DartBoard and select "Externship Search" on the left navigation bar of your Dashboard. For a visual of how to navigate DartBoard, click here.
  • Browse the opportunities for career days, job shadows and short-term projects. You can narrow down your search using the filters provided (location, type of externship, job function, industry, and more).
  • Email ONE host to inquire about their opportunity. See sample email below.

If the host does not respond within three business days or the opportunity is no longer available, email to let us know you have not received a response from that host. Then email the next host of interest to you.

IMPORTANT: You may only arrange one opportunity in addition to a Career Day as space is limited and our goal is to accommodate all Dartmouth students. 



Beyond the December Break Opportunities, you can seek out other meaningful opportunities.

  • Conduct an Informational Interview with an alumnus through the Dartmouth Career Network.
    • A great first step to exploring career fields is doing an informational interview to better understand a career field, trends, necessary skills and workplace culture.
    • Search the Dartmouth Career Network, identify 2 – 3 alumni for a potential 15-30 minute phone or in-person conversation.
  • Volunteer at a local service or nonprofit organization.
    • Employers value civic engagement and community involvement. Arrange one or more volunteer experiences with an organization in your hometown or wherever you will be during December Break.
  • Secure a short-term internship or seasonal job or contact a temp agency for opportunities.
    • Industries hiring for December include retail, hospitality, and food service. You can develop and enhance a transferable skill set (communication, customer service, sales, organization, etc.) valued by many employers. For advice on how to approach this, schedule an appointment through DartBoard with a CPD Advisor.