Davidson College awards grants to select students participating in unpaid or low-paying summer internships (those with an income equivalent to less than $3,000).

Grants are meant to cover cost-of-living expenses and should not be considered wage replacement. The college offers multiple grants each year, each with unique criteria and qualifications.

Thanks to the generosity of numerous alumni, parents and friends, 90 students received over $250,000 in funding for summer 2021 internships. The application period for summer 2022 grants opens March 1, 2022.

View All Available Grants

Application Process

If you have secured or are in the interview process for an unpaid or low-paying internship, you must submit one common application (consisting of an online application, professional résumé, prospective budget and internship description) to the Betty and B. Frank Matthews II ’49 Center for Career Development (Matthews Center) through Handshake (login required) to be considered for funding.

You will need to designate which grant(s) you would like to be considered for. Applications for the named grants will be evaluated first and, if you are not selected for one of those, you will automatically be considered for the Career Development Summer Internship Grant.  

Application Materials

You can review details for all application materials on Handshake. Materials include the following:

  • Online application
  • One-page professional résumé
  • Prospective budget
  • Internship description

Selection Process

A committee of Career Development staff members, faculty and/or other staff members will evaluate your application.

The committee makes decisions based on a variety of factors, including the quality of the internship, your learning goals, the living expenses associated with the experience and possibly your academic performance and campus involvement. Each grant has unique requirements; please read the descriptions. You will not be eligible for a grant if you intend to receive academic credit for Explorer 099 or an independent study.  

Timeline for Grants

Application deadlines and award notifications/distributions are scheduled as follows.

  • Tuesday, March 1 - Applications available
  • Friday, April 1 - Application deadline #1
  • Sunday, May 1 - Application deadline #2
  • Mid-late May - Awards are distributed 

Taxes and Financial Aid Implication

Grants are categorized as non-qualified scholarships. For domestic students, the college will not withhold taxes on the grants or report them on a form-1099. For graduating domestic students, the college will report the grant on a form-1099. Recipients, or their parents/guardians if they are considered dependents, are responsible for reporting the income on their individual taxes. Grants awarded to international students may be subject to tax withholding and will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students receiving financial aid will be required to report the grant as income on their aid application for the subsequent year. Undocumented students and graduating international students are not eligible to receive grants unless they have been granted work authorization by the Department of Homeland Security.