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International Summer Internship Grant

Thanks to a gift from an alumnus, the Center for Career Development distributes $4,000 grants to select students who accept unpaid internships with nonprofit organizations or government agencies in developing countries. The purpose of the grant is to encourage you to fully immerse yourself in the work of a nonprofit or government agency experience, engage and share in their efforts.


You and your chosen summer internship must meet the requirements listed for the Career Development Summer Internship Grant.

Student Eligibility

  • You must receive less than $4,000 in other financial support for this position. The balance of $4,000 may be offered to you (e.g. a student receiving a grant of $3,000 from Dean Rusk can request the remaining $1,000 from this grant).

Internship Eligibility

  • Your position must be unpaid, at a nonprofit organization or government agency in a developing country.
  • Special consideration will be given to experiences in the lowest three tiers of economies identified by the World Bank (low-income economies, lower-middle-income economies, and upper-middle-income economies).
  • Extreme caution will be used in the consideration of a grant request for an organization in a country carrying a travel warning from the U.S. State Department.
  • You must identify specific learning goals for the experience. Learning goals should reflect specific career skills you hope to gain during the internship, as well as goals for broader intellectual development.
  • Your internship must last a minimum of 6 weeks and require a minimum of 240 hours of work.
  • You are encouraged to "create your own experience" with smaller organizations, but structured internship programs may also be considered.
  • Homestays with members of the local community are encouraged, as they offer deep immersion into the culture and save on funds for lodging (hostels, hotels, etc.) Students pursuing homestays should be aware of the dangers this could present and consider the safety of the environment and culture. Davidson College will not assist with the procurement of housing in foreign countries.

How to Apply

To apply for an International Summer Internship Grant, first identify and apply for an internship that meets the requirements referenced above. The Center for Career Development can help guide you through an internship search. Once you are offered the internship or are in the interview process, you may apply for the grant. The application process includes submitting a common application, your résumé, a prospective budget, and a description of the internship. Prior to submitting your application, you may wish to have a career adviser review your application materials during walk-in hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) to make sure that they are in the best possible shape.

Timeline for all Grants

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 - register (login required)
  • Thursday, March 15 - register (login required)

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

  • March 1 - Applications available
  • April 1 - Applications due
  • April 20 - Award recipients notified
  • Mid May - Awards distributed

Expectations of Grant Recipients

If selected for a grant, recipients agree to:

  • Submit a Grant Acceptance Form prior to the receipt of funds. Additional forms may be required for the International Summer Internship Grant.
  • Refund Davidson College for funds not used for specified experiences or in excess of the prospective budget (the Center for Career Development staff retains the authority to determine the sum of such a reimbursement).
  • Secure a performance evaluation from internship site supervisor. 
  • Complete a written survey at the completion of the internship.
  • Write thank you letters to assigned donors, sharing the impact of the experience.

Acceptance of an International Summer Internship Grant is, in turn, acceptance of the Davidson Honor Code. If any infractions are suspected, students risk forfeiture of part or all of the award and Honor Code charges.