Internship Grant Opportunities


Every year, The Center for Career Development 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, 98 students received over $275,000 in funding for summer 2019 internships. The application period for summer 2020 grants opens Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Application Process
If students have secured or are in the interview process for an unpaid or low-paying internship, they 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. They will need to designate which grant(s) they would like to be considered for. Applications for the named grants will be evaluated first and, if not selected for one of those, they will automatically be considered for the Career Development Summer Internship Grant.

Application Materials
Students 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 the applications. The committee makes decisions based on a variety of factors, including the quality of the internship, learning goals, the living expenses associated with the experience and possibly academic performance and campus involvement. Each grant has unique requirements, so it is important to read the descriptions. Students will not be eligible for a grant if they 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. 25 – register (login required)
  • Thursday, March 12 – register (login required)

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

  • Sunday, March 1 – Applications available
  • Wednesday, April 1 – Applications due
  • Monday, April 27 – Award recipients notified
  • Mid May – Awards distributed

About Author

Kayla Corbin is the Assistant Director of Marketing & Events in the Center for Career Development at Davidson College. Kayla has been with the Center for two and a half years, and has enjoyed her time in the Center as her position has evolved over the years. In Kayla’s current role, she manages the email communication strategy, including weekly student/family newsletters, industry specific emails, bi-weekly alumni newsletters and our social media channels. She also supports all small and large-scale events for the CCD.

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