Internship Challenge

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 through this process by May 15, 2014, resulting in at least 100 confirmed internships, as well as to raise funds for students who cannot afford to pursue unpaid, high-quality internships.

Why the Challenge is Important

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.

Contribute to the Challenge

You can contribute to the Davidson Internship Challenge in any of the following ways:

  1. FIND an internship, and help give Davidson students the best possible chance of securing it. To do this, send us pertinent details about the internship and do one or both of the following:
    • Serve as a resource for students applying for the internship program at your organization by sharing information on your experience there, reviewing application materials, and/or helping with interview prep, and/or
    • Take an active role in facilitating Davidson student applications through your organization’s intern selection process (this could include talking to your HR department about Davidson, interviewing on campus, or referring students for opportunities).
  2. FORM an internship by creating or helping to arrange an internship specifically for a Davidson student.
  3. FUND an internship, making a gift in order to make a student’s internship goals a reality.

Finding or forming an internship does not suggest that you are guaranteeing an opportunity 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 locations. Career fields of particular interest to Davidson students include:

  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Policy, Politics, Government and Law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Management, Consulting, Human Resources
  • Healthcare, Public Health and Science/Medical Research
  • Education
  • Arts, Media, Marketing and Communications

We are currently posting internships for spring and summer 2014. We hope to post the majority of the summer 2014 opportunities before March 15, 2014.

History of the Challenge

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 who addressed a challenge, problem, or issue facing the profession with an innovative change or improvement.

Get Involved

If you are FINDING or FORMING an internship:

Our employer relations team 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 and to answer questions about what high-quality internships entail.  To reach them, call 704-894-2132 or email

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 a basic position description (including internship description/duties, qualifications, time commitment, desired application materials, and application deadline). Be sure to mention that you are an alumnus, parent or friend of the college submitting the opportunity as part of the Davidson Internship 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 & Fellowships.

Keep Up With This Year's Challenge

See the Internship Challenge page of the Wildcat Career News blog for an updated list of this year's participants.