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Career Development Summer Internship Grant

The Center for Career Development recognizes the challenges that the pursuit of an unpaid or low-paying internship can present. Through grant opportunities, we seek to reduce the financial burden on you and create an open platform on which you can explore your career(s) of interest. Grants are meant to cover cost-of-living expenses and are not meant to be wage replacement.

Through the generosity of alumni, families, and friends, grants up to $5,000 are available to you.


Student Eligibility

In order to qualify for career development internship grants, you must be a current student and must meet the following requirements.

  • You must have confirmed enrollment for the Fall term immediately following the summer internship.
  • You must be in good standing with the college.
  • You must receive less than $2,500 in internship wages or from other funding resources.

The following students will be given priority.

  • Upperclassmen (specifically rising seniors) who have not participated in a previous professional development experience.
  • Students exhibiting financial need (as designated by the Admission and Financial Aid Office, but also demonstrated by individual prospective budgets).
  • Students with established success in both academics and extra-curricular activities.
  • Students who have not received an internship grant previously through the Center for Career Development.

Internship Eligibility

Internships must meet the following requirements.

  • They must be unpaid or low-paying opportunities (paying less than the equivalent of $2,500).
  • They must offer students the ability to complete 200 hours during the summer, prior to the start of the next academic term (average 20 hours per week over 10 weeks).

The following opportunities will be given priority.

  • Positions that provide a full-time experience for the duration of the summer.
  • Opportunities where an alumnus/a, parent or friend will serve as a mentor to the intern.

Application Process

Timeline for 2018

Two information sessions will be offered during Common Hour (11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.).

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 - register (login required)
  • Thursday, March 15 - register (login required)

Application deadlines and award notifications/distributions are scheduled as follows.

  • March 1 - Applications available
  • April 1 - Applications due
  • April 20 - Award recipients notified
  • Mid May - Awards distributed

Application Materials

  • Online application
  • Professional résumé
  • Cover letter (Tom Anstrom Grant only)
  • Prospective budget
  • Internship description

How to Apply

To apply for a grant, first identify and apply for an internship that meets the requirements referenced above. The Center for Career Development can help guide you through an internship search. Once you are offered the internship or are in the interview process, you may apply for the grant. The application process includes submitting a common application, your résumé, a prospective budget, and a description of the internship. Prior to submitting your application, you may wish to have a career adviser review your application materials during walk-in hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) to make sure that they are in the best possible shape.

Expectations of Grant Recipients

If selected for a grant, recipients agree to:

  • Submit a Grant Acceptance Form prior to the receipt of funds. Additional forms may be required for the International Summer Internship Grant.
  • Refund Davidson College for funds not used for specified experiences or in excess of the prospective budget (the Center for Career Development staff retains the authority to determine the sum of such a reimbursement).
  • Secure a performance evaluation from internship site supervisor. 
  • Complete a written survey at the completion of the internship.
  • Write thank you letters to assigned donors, sharing the impact of the experience.

Acceptance of a Career Development Summer Internship Grant is, in turn, acceptance of the Davidson Honor Code. If any infractions are suspected, students risk forfeiture of part or all of the award and Honor Code charges.