About Davidson Impact Fellows

Building on Davidson’s strong commitment to civic engagement, we have launched the Davidson Impact Fellows (DIF) program. This fellowship initiative enables recent Davidson graduates to work with organizations that address critical social needs in health, education, and the environment.

Through their work, fellows develop understanding of the challenges and efforts that are a part of bringing social change to our communities. While working in nonprofit agencies with direct supervision from high-level leaders, fellows create and implement solutions to some of the most urgent problems our society now confronts. Fellows take on substantial projects for their respective non-profit organizations to contribute to their efforts in a meaningful way. Learn how to become a Davidson Impact Fellow and the application process.

Fellowship Opportunities

Davidson partners with selected foundations, federations, or other nonprofit organizations to host one or more fellow. These are paid positions (including salaries and benefits) at carefully selected nonprofit agencies dedicated to creating rich experiences for their assigned fellow.

Arts and Science Council
Charlotte, NC

The Arts and Science Council (ASC) is the community's chief advocate for arts, science, history and heritage. Through its work it serves as a gatherer and steward of public and private community resources, an investor of those resources, and the public art agent for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Its mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts, science, history, and heritage in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. 

Catawba Lands Conservancy
Charlotte, NC

Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is a land trust and a nonprofit, community-based conservation organization that permanently conserves and manages land for public benefit in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. CLC currently conserves a total of 162 properties and 12,453 acres of land. That land includes farmland, ecologically rich lands to protect wildlife habitat and local drinking water, and land to provide the public with a direct connection to explore the natural world around them. 

Emory School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute
Atlanta, GA

Seeing over 14,000 patients a year, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and serves as the coordinating center for cancer research, education and care throughout Emory University. Winship Cancer Institute offers a one year paid full-time Ethics Fellowship to recent college graduates who wish to be immersed in ethics research in an active cancer center before beginning training for a healthcare profession.

Georgia Justice Project
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Justice Project (GJP) defends people accused of crimes, and win or lose, stands with them while they rebuild their lives by offering free legal services coupled with a full range of social and employment services. With more than 25 years of experience, GJP has developed a comprehensive suite of services, coupling holistic legal defense and social services with advocacy support, to address the barriers to economic stability faced by the criminally accused.

Habitat for Humanity International
Washington, D.C.

Habitat's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and this concept resonates throughout every program, country, and family touched by its efforts. To date, Habitat has helped to build or repair more than 800,000 decent, affordable houses, serving more than four million people worldwide. This work could not be accomplished without a dedicated and driven base of employees, volunteers, and partner families.

Mountain Area Health Education Center
Asheville, NC.

The Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC) provides quality, compassionate health care as a foundation for training top physicians, dentists and health professionals. Established in 1974, MAHEC's mission is to train the next generation of health care professionals for western North Carolina through quality health care, innovative education, and best practice models that can be replicated nationally.

Salzburg Global Seminar
Washington, D.C.

Salzburg Global Seminar is a non-governmental organization with offices in Salzburg, Austria and Washington, D.C. whose mission is to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. To do this, Salzburg Global designs, facilitates and hosts international strategic convening and multi-year programs in the areas of imagination, sustainability and justice to tackle systems challenges. The programs bridge cultural, ideological and geographic divides, support institutional transformations, and shape innovative policies.

Touch Foundation
New York, NY or Tanzania

The Touch Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health of the Tanzanian people by strengthening the health system across the different levels of care. Touch develops innovative solutions that are sustainable in the long run and can be replicated across Sub-Saharan Africa. They base their approach on developing extensive collaborations with local partner organizations and enabling them to play a central role in program implementation.