Service & Study

Jasper Vaughn ’16

Davidson encourages students to explore the religious and spiritual dimensions of life in a global context. The Chaplain's Office provides opportunities for faith-based international experiences, summer internships, and grants for independent service and study.

Journey to Central America

The Journey to Central America is a "reverse mission" experience centered in the recognition that North American Christians have much to learn about faithfulness to the gospel from their brothers and sisters in the developing world.  This trip, which takes place over spring break, is co-sponsored by the Chaplain's Office and local congregations.

Summer Internship

The Stapleton/Davidson Urban Service Internship is a 10-week summer internship that engages a group of five students in full-time community service among the urban poor in Charlotte, N.C. The group meets weekly with the college chaplain and local religious leaders to reflect on issues of social justice, scripture, spirituality and the role of the church in responding to urban poverty.


The Chaplain's Office awards a variety of grants to give students opportunities to express and explore faith and spiritual life in a global context. Students of any religious or spiritual tradition, or none at all, are eligible to apply for Chaplain's Office grants.

Ministry Fellowship

Fellowships in religious vocation and leadership are available to students of any faith tradition with a strong record of academic achievement, campus leadership, and service. Students are nominated for the fellowships by members of the faculty, staff, and area clergy.  They participate in a summer internship after their junior year and vocational discernment seminar during their senior year.

Graduate Internships

A variety of organizations offer year-long internships for college graduates, integrating hands-on service, spirituality, simple living in community, and social justice.