The Center for Career Development is gearing up for the fourth annual Internship Challenge. This year, we are not only setting our sights on alumni, families, and friends to offer quality internship experiences, we are also seeking supporters to recruit seniors for full-time positions. For this year's Internship and Job Challenge, our goal is to post 250 internships and full-time jobs, as well as to raise funds for students who cannot afford to pursue unpaid, high-quality internships.
Internships allow students to explore career options, develop industry-specific skills, gain experience in a professional environment, and make valuable networking contacts. Employers agree that an internship is the single most important credential for recent college graduates to have on their resume, well beyond major or technical skills (Source: The Role of Higher Education in Career Development: Employer Perceptions. 2012. Washington, D.C.: The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public).
The perfect professional complement to the strong liberal arts education that students receive at Davidson, internships play a crucial role in increasing students' ability to find full-time, career-related employment as seniors.
Many Davidson alumni have been bringing their companies to recruit on campus for years. We are extending the challenge this year to recognize those efforts and encourage others to join the efforts. Alumni, families and friends are often our eyes and ears in the field when opportunities become available, and our advocates when companies make decisions on where to recruit new employees. Participation in the challenge is important to our graduates' full-time career searches, and comes in many forms.
You can contribute to the Davidson Internship and Job Challenge in any of the following ways:
- Serve as a resource for students applying for the internship or position at your organization by sharing information on your experience there, reviewing application materials, and/or helping with interview prep.
- Take an active role in facilitating Davidson student applications through your organization's hiring process (this could include talking to your HR department about Davidson, interviewing on campus, or referring students for opportunities).
Finding or forming an internship or full-time position does not suggest that you are guaranteeing an opportunity to a Davidson student. While we are hoping that Davidson applicants will be considered carefully through the selection process, we understand that in almost all circumstances the organization is considering applications from other students and schools as well.
We are happy to post internships and full-time positions in a variety of industries and locations. Career fields of particular interest to Davidson students include:
We are currently posting internships for spring and summer 2015. We hope to post the majority of the summer 2015 opportunities before March 15, 2015.
During the 2011-12 year, the first year of the challenge, we sought to highlight 100 internships. We surpassed that goal with a total of 121 internships posted by 117 participants, resulting in 75 confirmed internships.
In 2012-13, the second year of the challenge, we aimed to highlight 125 internships. We again surpassed our goal, posting 141 internships that resulted in 97 confirmed internships.
In June 2013, the Center for Career Development received the National Association of Colleges and Employers Members' Choice Award for this program. This award was presented to a college career center that addressed a challenge, problem, or issue facing the profession with an innovative change or improvement.
If you are finding or forming an internship or full-time position:
Our employer relations team is available to work with you or the recruiting coordinator at your organization to ensure that the position is advertised effectively to the Davidson student body and to answer questions. To reach Jamie Stamey, call 704-894-2678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have an internship ready to post, you can create an account and post the description on WildcatLink, our job and internship posting system, or email email@example.com a basic position description (including description/duties, qualifications, time commitment, desired application materials, and application deadline). Be sure to mention that you are an alumnus/a, parent or friend of the college submitting the opportunity as part of the Davidson Internship & Job Challenge. If a description of the internship is online, include the link to that information. Also clarify the ways in which you can contribute (see above).
If you would like to help fund an internship:
You may help fund an internship on our Make a Gift page, selecting Internships and Fellowships.