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, 130 students received over $275,000 in funding for summer 2020 internships. The application period for summer 2021 grants opens March 1, 2021.

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.  

Guidelines for Non-Remote Experiences

Remote experiences will be considered within the criteria of each grant. Additionally, student grant requests for in-person/non-remote summer experiential learning will be considered if the following criteria are met:

  • The student’s current location and the location of the experience are not affected by any local, state or federal government travel restrictions, stay-at-home orders, public health guidance, etc.
  • The host agency/organization is “open for business” and confirms that they can support the student throughout the length of the experience.
  • The experience does not require any international travel. Students may relocate within the country of their current location as long as both the start and end locations are not affected by any local, state or federal government travel restrictions, stay-at-home orders, public health guidance, etc. For example, a student currently living at home in China may pursue an experience in China; a student currently living in Davidson may pursue an experience in the U.S. - all within local, state and federal guidelines.
  • The student agrees (by signature) to assume all liability for their health and safety if they choose to  pursue an in-person/non-remote experience. (Statements will be added to all program acceptance/waiver forms with approval by General Counsel).

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

Information Session

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

  • Monday, March 1 - Applications available
  • Thursday, April 1 - Application deadline #1
  • Sunday, April 25 - Application deadline #2
  • Sunday, May 16 - Application deadline #3
  • 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.