Opportunities & Resources
Davidson encourages students to explore the religious and spiritual dimensions of life in a global context.
The Chaplains' Office provides opportunities and funding for domestic and international experiences, faith-based internships, and ministry-related service and leadership.
The Chaplains' Office awards a variety of grants to Davidson College students. These grant programs give students opportunities to express and explore faith, spiritual life, and religious diversity in a global context. Students of any religious tradition or spiritual or secular background may apply for conference grants or grants over academic breaks. (Note: The Dean Rusk International Studies Program also offers the Hanafi grant to students seeking to gain appreciation for religious diversity and pluralism.)
Stapleton/Davidson Urban Service Internship
This 10-week summer internship engages a group of four students in full-time community service among the urban poor in Charlotte. In addition, interns meet weekly with the college chaplain and local religious leaders to reflect on their experiences.
Congregational 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.
Cook Family Summer Fellowship
Cook Family Summer Fellowships are awarded to two Davidson students for self-designed summer internships in non-profit organizations (including churches) that, by wishes of the donors, demonstrate a Christian commitment through their mission statement, their stated goals and objectives, or their embodiment of values that they distinctly associate with Christian faith.
Pilgrimage to Taizé
Every other year, a group of Davidson students and chaplains visit the ecumenical monastery in Taizé, France. Brother Roger Schutz founded this monastic community in the 1940s as a place of reconciliation and welcome. He sought to foster community, simplicity, silence, and opportunities to encounter a God of love. Today, the monks of Taizé host tens of thousands of young adults from all over the world and all faith traditions, for a week-long experience of spiritual exploration and practice: contemplative worship, silence, and scripture study, as well as casual conversations and daily work alongside diverse peers from many countries and cultures. For more information about the community itself, visit the Taizé website.
Preparing for Ministry
The Preministerial Committee offers guidance and support for students exploring a call to religious leadership and service after graduation.
Many faith-based organizations offer year-long internships for college graduates. These opportunities integrate service, spirituality, simple living in community, and social justice.