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Davidson International Network

A collection of Davidson alumni working in international development, policy, business and education who are interested in supporting Davidson students seeking entrance in to these career fields. Use the resources below to connect with alumni and learn more about employment options.
Davidson International Network's International Development Handbook
A guide developed by Davidson alumni to educate students interested in international development careers.
Davidson International Network's List of Development Organizations
A thorough list of international development organizations where students may be able to intern as a student or work after graduation
Davidson College Network LinkedIn Group
A place to connect one-on-one with alumni or post a discussion item to the entire group. Many of the alumni in the group would be happy to speak with you about their career paths and offer advice on your future career.

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  • Guide to Government Agency Careers
  • Guide to Capitol Hill Careers
  • Guide to International Development
  • Top Government and Nonprofit Employers

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Public policy professionals must be able to quickly analyze information and prepare written reports on demand. Other skills to develop include negotiating, persuading, multitasking, the ability to work under pressure, analyzing and understanding the process of public policy. Working in public policy often eventually requires that you become an expert in a specific area.

Davidson Coursework and Experiences

Relevant Davidson coursework will depend on what type of internship or job you hope to secure, but courses in political science and economics will be useful for most positions.
Davidson in Washington Program
An excellent opportunity for Davidson students interested in spending a summer interning in Washington D.C. This website includes a useful list of past internships secured by Davidson in Washington participants.
Davidson College Political Organizations

Find Jobs and Internships

Federal  Government Jobs & Internships (USA Jobs.gov)
The starting point for jobs and internships with the federal government.
Go Government
An excellent source of information regarding federal internships and jobs. It includes sample job profiles based on career interest area.
National Institute for Research Advancement World Directory of Think Tanks
A searchable directory of think tanks across the world searchable by research topic, country and city. Most organizations will list internships and jobs directly on their website.
U.S. Department of State List of Think Tanks
A great place to start exploring jobs and internships in think tanks, organizations that conduct research and engage in advocacy within various areas of social policy, political strategy, economics, technology or military issues.
Harvard Kennedy School Centers & Initiatives
A list of the centers & initiatives of the Harvard Kennedy School that "at the forefront of public policy innovation, providing analysis, research and insights designed to spark action and create sustainable solutions." 
HillZoo.com
A resource for "On the Hill" and "Off the Hill" politics and policy jobs and internships in Washington, DC
Opportunities in Public Affairs
Lists public affairs, public relations, Capitol Hill, and legislative jobs in Washington, DC
Riley Guide to Jobs in Public Service and Administration
Lists public affairs, public relations, Capitol Hill, and legislative jobs in Washington, DC