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Summer Internship Grants

Davidson College awards grants to select students participating in unpaid or low-paying summer internships (those with an income equivalent to less than $2,500). 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, 60 students received $199,000 in funding for summer 2018 internships. The application period for summer 2019 grants opens Friday, March 1, 2019.

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 Center for Career Development 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 the Apply for a Grant page. Materials include the following.

  • Online application
  • One-page professional résumé
  • Cover letter (Tom Anstrom Grant only)
  • 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

Two information sessions will be offered during Common Hour (11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.).

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26- register (login required)
  • Thursday, March 14- register (login required)

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

  • Friday, March 1 - Applications available
  • Monday, April 1 - Applications due
  • Monday, April 22- Award recipients notified
  • Mid May - Awards distributed

Available Grants

Details about each grant listed below can be found on Handshake (login required).

Career Development Summer Internship Grant
The Career Development Summer Internship Grant assists students with cost-of-living expenses while they participate in unpaid or low-paying summer internships. Grants are available in $1,000 -$5,000 amounts.

Tom Anstrom Internship Fund Grant
The Tom Anstrom Internship Fund Grant supports students pursuing internships in progressive public policy, politics, or social justice with an award of $5,000.

Bill Boyd Entrepreneurial Internship Grant
The Bill Boyd Entrepreneurial Internship Grant supports students pursuing internships with organizations of an entrepreneurial mindset, in particular, opportunities in business, sales or leadership with small- to medium-sized companies. Grants are available in the amount of $3,000.

Boyd Family Internship Grant
The Boyd Family Internship Grant assists students who are participating in internships with a focus on education, public service or civic engagement. Grants are available in the amount of $3,000.

Boswell Family Experiential Learning Grant
The Boswell Family Experiential Learning Grant supports outstanding students in the pursuit of hands-on experiences that will contribute to their overall professional development and understanding of the corporate / business world. With funding up to $5,000, award recipients may pursue developmental experiences such as professional internships or high-impact certification programs that deliver tangible career development through leaders in the field.

The Cassell Family/Partners in Health Internship Fund
The Cassell Family/Partners in Health Internship Fund, created by Ralph and Gail Cassell supports one student each summer to work with Partners in Health in Lima, Peru. The fund provides $5,000 to cover the selected student’s round-trip travel and living expenses for a minimum of 10 weeks. The internship is available only with Partners in Health in Lima, Peru.

Emerging Professionals Group Grant
The Emerging Professionals Group Grant supports the exploration of career aspirations through internships for students who are from underrepresented populations. Grants are awarded up to $5,000.

Falconi Family Internship Grant
The Falconi Family Internship Grant supports students pursuing unpaid or low-paying internships in the business, finance, healthcare administration or technology industries with up to $5,000 in funding.

Golden Family Internship Grant
The Golden Family Internship Grant supports students pursuing summer internships that are consistent with their career interests. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.

Hall Family Internship Grants
The Hall Family Internship Grants assist students who are participating in unpaid or low-paying internships with organizations of entrepreneurial mindsets or those that are focused on community and social service. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.

Holly Hayes Hanke Innovation + Entrepreneurship Internship Grant
The Innovation + Entrepreneurship Grant supports students pursuing unpaid or low-paying internships with organizations of an entrepreneurial mindset. Opportunities with for-profit startups and innovative companies will be given priority. Grants are available in the amount of up to $5,000.

International Summer Internship Grant
The International Summer Internship Grant supports students who accept unpaid internships with nonprofit organizations or government agencies in developing countries. Grants are given in the amount of $4,000. 

Locke White Jr. Internship Fund
The Locke White Jr. Internship Fund was established anonymously in memory of Professor Locke White Jr., Class of 1939, for student internships. Grants are available in the amount up to $5,000.

Logan Arts & Culture Grant
The Logan Arts & Culture Grant supports Davidson students pursuing summer internships in the visual, literary and performing arts. The grant provides students with funding up to $3,000 for internships with the North Carolina Arts Council or the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Dr. Randy Nelson Summer Internship Grant
The Dr. Randy Nelson Summer Internship Grant was established by former students and friends of Dr. Randy Nelson to honor his significant contributions to the College, the internship fund supports Davidson students pursuing summer internships in the visual, literary and performing arts. The fund provides up to $7,500 in grant money through the Center for Career Development each summer.

MacDonald Family Internship Grant
The MacDonald Family Internship Grant supports students pursuing summer internships that are consistent with their career interests with up to $5,000 in funding.

Bert Mobley Internship Grant
The Bert Mobley Internship Grant supports students pursuing student exploration of conservative ideas and careers through internships in conservative non- profits, action groups, interest groups, advocacy groups, media organizations or political campaigns. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.

Morehead Family Internship Grant
Established by Cindy and Richard ‘Dick’ H. Morehead, Class of 1956, this fund supports high-impact summer internships in a broad scope of industries. Grants are available in amounts up to $5,000.

Ginny Newell '78 Arts Fund
The Ginny Newell ‘78 Arts Fund enables students to broaden their horizons—both physically and intellectually—through summer internships in the study of and/or support of the visual arts, beyond the scope of North Carolina or their hometown. Grants are available in the amount of up to $5,000.

Juliana Tazewell Porter Memorial Internship Fund
The Juliana Tazewell Porter Memorial Internship Fund assists outstanding Davidson students, with priority given to student-athletes, pursuing summer internships in the medical or another healthcare-related field, with grants up to $5,000.

Gerald Lee Wilson '58 and Virginia S. Wilson Internship Fund Grant
The Gerald Lee Wilson '58 and Virginia S. Wilson Internship Fund Grant supports students exhibiting financial need in their pursuit of internships that are consistent with their career interests. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $5,000.

Taxes and Financial Aid Implications

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. 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 are not eligible to receive grants unless they have been granted work authorization by the Department of Homeland Security.