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Tom Anstrom Internship Fund Grant

Established in memory of Tom Anstrom '04, the Tom Anstrom Internship Fund has been endowed by Tom's classmates, friends, and family to honor and advance his passion for public service, social justice, and human and civil rights. Through his life and work in Washington, D.C. and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, Tom gained an appreciation for how progressive efforts in politics could make a positive difference. The grant, provided through the Center for Career Development, has three $5,000 grants available each summer for students interested in progressive public policy, politics, or social justice.


Students and internships must meet the requirements listed for the Career Development Summer Internship Grant. The internships must also meet the following requirements.

  • Internships should be with government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), political offices or campaigns for candidates whose work and missions reflect progressive public policy and social justice.
  • Work performed must be high quality with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, and supervised by a professional who provides regular feedback.
  • The work should offer students the ability to complete 300 hours during the summer prior to the start of the next academic term.

How to Apply

To apply for a Tom Anstrom Internship Fund 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.

Grant Timeline

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

Expectations of Grant Recipients

If selected for a grant, recipients agree to:

  • Submit a Grant Acceptance Form prior to the receipt of funds.
  • 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 Tom Anstrom Internship Fund 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.