Applications to join DALI for 18W will open week 4 of fall term.

In the meantime, feel free to look over the application and let us know if you have any questions.

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What is DALI ?

  • DALI provides Dartmouth students with an opportunity to put their development and design skills to use on real-life projects, and gives partners the chance to bring creative ideas to their projects. Students work in teams outside of the classroom, building prototypes while learning technical, professional and leadership skills. We help our partners communicate complex information in creative ways to accomplish real change, enhance understanding, motivate exploration, and create delight.

  • We hire student developers and designers for $11-15/hour, ~10 hours/week


Who does DALI hire? Do I need to be an expert in Design or Development?

Short answer: “No! You don’t have to be an expert.”

We like hiring people who like doing things, who can show us that they can learn things quickly and demonstrate initiative and self-learning by working on projects outside of classes. We look for applicants with some previous design/dev/maker experience, who work well in a group, and who are enthusiastic to work in the lab!

Strong applicants tend to be familiar with a few of the following:

  • Design: Adobe CC, Video Editing, AfterEffects, Sketch, and Figma
  • Dev: git, HTML5 (Javascript/HTML/CSS), SASS/Less, Node, Flask, ReactNative, Swift/iOS, MongoDB


Can I work at DALI if I’m a Freshman?

It is possible to work in the lab as a freshman. We are happy to hire students who demonstrate that they’re eager to learn new things, even though you might not yet have the experience or requisite skills!


If accepted, do I get to choose the project I work on?

Yes! If accepted you will be given a list of potential projects to work on and you can select your top choices. When deciding project placements we typically consider students' existing skills and experiences, the skills students wish to gain from the lab, the skills required for each of the projects, team dynamics, and students' previous work on projects.

Both existing members and new applicants submit (slightly differing) applications and samples before the beginning of each term to aid in our assignment process. The project assignments and teams are finalized before the first week of classes to allow teams to make the most of our very short terms! This quick turnaround process seems to work best with the constraints of the d-plan and students learn a ton regardless of the project they're on.


I’m interested in working for DALI, how do I apply?

We’re very happy that you're interested in working at the DALI Lab. To apply to work at DALI in 17S, please fill out the application above.


I can’t work for DALI this term, how can I still be involved?

You can apply now to join DALI next term. In the meantime, join our mailing list so that you will hear about the events of the lab that are open to campus. You are always welcome to stop by Sudikoff 007 during Open Lab Hours. We'd love to answer any questions you have (technical or otherwise) in person! Walk-in, or sign up in advance via Calendly.


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