The center offers programs year round because civic engagement does not take a month off!
The Center for Civic Engagement hosts and facilitates several summer opportunities for current Davidson College students each summer. All opportunities are in the Davidson/Charlotte area and include stipends and housing. For more information (including description, dates, and remuneration), view the Leadership Positions page. Brief descriptions of all positions are also available on the online common application.
In keeping with Davidson's commitment to develop a spirit of service within each student, the Service Odyssey offers a great way for incoming students to engage with the community. Three sessions are offered during the summer and all offer a combination of service, reflection and community-building.
The Freedom Schools program was developed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and provides summer enrichment experiences for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program aims to foster in children a love of reading, increased self-esteem, and positive attitudes towards learning.
Six Davidson students are chosen each summer to serve as servant leader interns with the program. Local community members may register their children free of charge.
Seven students will be paired with local non-profit organizations for eight weeks of service. In addition to direct service through the partnership, your fellowship includes community living and shared readings as you explore what it means to be an engaged and informed citizen.