We are seeking Davidson alumni, families, and friends who are willing to join the third annual Davidson Internship Challenge. Our goal is to post and encourage applications for 150 internships during the upcoming academic year, resulting in at least 100 confirmed internships.
Internships are the best way for employers to identify future employees and for students to explore the world of work. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), new graduates who have completed at least one internship during their undergraduate education are significantly more likely to receive job offers than those with no internship experience. In this difficult economic climate, internships have become even more valuable in helping students obtain valuable work experience and explore career options.
You can contribute to the Davidson Internship Challenge in any of the following ways:
Participating in the challenge does not suggest that you are guaranteeing an internship to a Davidson student. Your organization is welcome to consider applications from other students and schools.
We are happy to post internships in a variety of industries and geographical locations. Career fields of particular interest to Davidson students include:
Paid internships are strongly encouraged, and often generate up to five times as many applicants as unpaid internships. However, high-quality, unpaid internships are also allowed as part of the challenge.
We are currently posting internships for Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014. We hope to post the majority of the Summer 2014 opportunities between October 2013 and March 2014.
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.
Our Assistant Director for Internships, Ashley Neff, is available to work with you or the internship coordinator at your organization to ensure that the internship is advertised effectively to the Davidson student body. She also can answer questions about internship structure and pay. Email her, or call her at 704-894-2678.
If you have an internship ready to post, you can create an account and post the description on WildcatLink, our job and internship posting site, or e-mail Ashley a basic position description (including internship description/duties, qualifications, time commitment, and desired application materials). If a description of the internship is online, include the link to that information. Also let her know the ways in which you can contribute (see above).