Davidson encourages students to explore their beliefs through study and express their faith through service and mission. The Chaplain's Office provides opportunities for faith-based international experiences, summer internships, and fellowships and grants for independent service and study. The staff also helps pair seniors with different organizations for extended post-graduate internships.
The Journey to El Salvador is a program co-sponsored by the Davidson Chaplain's Office and Davidson College Presbyterian Church. Students meet during the spring semester in preparation for a spring break trip to El Salvador during which they experience God through interactions with the Salvadoran people - from the most impoverished to those trying to help them, and everyone in between.
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. 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 different needs.
The Chaplain's Office awards grant money to students for a variety of missions, including grants to attend faith-based conferences, grants for short-term religious study or service, and grants for international spirituality- or study-based travel. Learn more about the grants available and how to apply.
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 and participate in a summer internship after their junior year and vocational discernment seminar during their senior year.
Many faith-based organizations offer year-long internships for college graduates, integrating hands-on service, spirituality, simple living in community, and social justice.