The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) hosts immersive project-based internships and fellowship programs with public and nonprofit organizations in the summer.

Through the internships, community living and a shared curriculum, interns explore complex social issues and connect them to their academic experiences. All opportunities are in the Davidson/Charlotte area and include stipends and housing. The information below explains the positions typically offered each summer. However, as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our college and surrounding committees, the offerings and structures for these may be different in Summer 2021. Current students will find the most up to date information on WildcatSync. For more information, contact Kristin Booher at krbooher@davidson.edu

Center for Civic Engagement Interns

Two Positions
The Center for Civic Engagement Interns will take leadership roles in the planning and implementation of Orientation/Welcome Week activities sponsored by the CCE, including Bonner Orientation. In addition, they will coordinate and lead three sessions of Service Odyssey. Service Odyssey is an intensive community service experience for incoming first year students. Each session, a group of 8 students participates in service projects throughout the Lake Norman and Charlotte areas while building community within the group through cultural outings, nightly meal preparation, reflection and group bonding activities. Applicants must have a valid drivers license and be certified (or willing to become certified) to drive a HOV college van. Interns will work through (and during) new student orientation. Interns will receive $4,000 and on-campus housing. 

Nonprofit Leadership Fellows

Six Positions
The Nonprofit Leadership Fellows program is a nine-week internship experience designed to build capacity within local not-for-profit organizations. Through a combination of direct service, community living and shared readings each intern will explore what it means to be an engaged and informed citizen as a member of a larger community. A staff member will meet weekly with the entire group to discuss learning and to share written pieces of critical inquiry. The internship will last for a period of nine weeks (typically June and July) including orientation and training. Each intern will receive housing in Charlotte during the term of service and a $3,000 stipend. Applicants selected for interviews will receive the list of partners beforehand in order to preference options and develop questions for Center staff.

Education Scholars

Six Positions
Education Scholars is a nine-week summer program for Davidson students interested in driving change at every level of our education system. This program places six students in immersive, project-based internships with local partners in and around the Charlotte education system. Through their internship, community living and shared readings each intern have the opportunity to explore and analyze complex issues in education. A staff member will meet weekly with the entire group to discuss learning and to share written pieces of critical inquiry. The internship will last for a period of nine weeks (typically June and July) including orientation and training. Each intern will receive housing in Charlotte during the term of service and a $3,000 stipend. Applicants selected for interviews will receive the list of partners beforehand in order to preference options and develop questions for Center staff. 

Freedom Schools Servant Leader Interns

Six Positions
The Freedom Schools program was developed by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and provides summer enrichment experiences for children between kindergarten and 8th grades, which fosters a love for reading, increases self-esteem, and generates positive attitudes toward learning. Servant Leader Interns take part in an in-depth training program prior to implementing a reading curriculum developed by the Children's Defense Fund. Through active learning experiences with children and daily debriefing meetings, interns develop a range of civic engagement skills in teaching, team-building, time management, public speaking, social action, negotiation and community building. Servant Leaders Interns receive a $3,000 scholarship and on-campus housing for the duration of the program. They also attend the National Ella Baker Child Policy Institute through the Children's Defense fund at Haley Farm in Tennessee that is paid by the program. 

Roy Alexander Internship

The Roy Alexander Internship is an eight-week summer program established by Davidson Lands Conservancy, Dave and Elizabeth Martin, Sue Peck, and other friends and admirers in memory of Davidson Lands Conservancy founding Executive Director, Roy Alexander, Class of 1964. Interns will receive a summer stipend of $1,500 for 20 hours/week during the eight-week period. Interns will work directly with the Executive Director at the Davidson Lands Conservancy. The program provides interns with the opportunity to learn about non-profit management through environmental conservation. Responsibilities include: fundraising (helping plan and execute our Run for Green event, donor management), research of conservation issues and related grant opportunities and completing grant applications, managing communications (sending out e-newsletters, helping create paper newsletter), and involvement in conservation decision-making (participating in easement planning discussions, writing memos, and attending board meetings). There may be occasional fieldwork on our conserved properties. This will depend on if the experience is remote for the summer of 2021. Knowledge of and experience with GIS applications and technology, experience with grant writing, and knowledge of natural ecosystems are all strong pluses. Interns must be organized, flexible, independent, and self-motivated. For more information, contact Stacey Riemer at striemer@davidson.edu.

Community Research Fellows

Two Positions
The Community Research Fellows program is an eight week program that engages students in place-based research focusing on in-depth research on key areas identified in the 2020 needs assessment. Fellows will work with a team of faculty, staff from the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Hurt Hub’s Data CATS program to update a framework utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods in the greater Charlotte area with a strong focus on North Mecklenburg. Fellows will work full time and receive an education award of $3,500 and a housing stipend. For more information, contact Stacey Riemer at striemer@davidson.eduRead the program’s 2020 North Mecklenburg Needs Assessment Summary Report, explore data about our community, and review the Community Research Library Guide that indexes research and data on social issues in the greater Charlotte Mecklenburg area.

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