Become a Davidson Impact Fellow


The Davidson Impact Fellowship program is designed to give Davidson graduates hands-on experiences of nonprofit work as a career. We are looking for current Davidson seniors who are passionate about working in public service organizations to shape communities and who have the capacity, relevant experience, and interest to work with non-profit or other public service organizations as they tackle critical community issues. Students from any academic major are eligible.

Candidates for the fellowships will go through a screening process in several stages, both on campus and with the host organizations, to ensure the best matches possible between applicants and positions.

Phase 1 - Information Session

If possible, potential applicants should attend an information session prior to applying to learn about the program and application process. Several sessions will be offered for the program, including some in the fall semester and at least two sessions in January prior to the deadline. In addition, many of the individual organizations are hosting information sessions to highlight their roles.  

Phase 2 - Application Submission

The process for applying will occur through Handshake and by email. The 2016 deadline is Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m.  

  1. Download and complete the Davidson Impact Fellows 2016 Application Part 1 (DOC) and submit the cover sheet to Jeff Kniple at by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.  You only need to submit this form once.
  2. Download and complete Davidson Impact Fellows 2016 Application Part 2 for each of the organizations you choose.  (One of the three essay questions must be customized for each organization.)
  3. Find the individual job posting in Handshake for the position(s) that you plan to pursue. The 'Employer' listing will be 'Davidson Impact Fellows' for all of the positions; the job title will include the name of the organization. Submit a separate "Part Two" of the application for each position through the Handshake system also by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.  

Phase 3–Interview with DIF Selection Committee

If selected, on Friday, Feb. 19, applicants will interview with a selection committee composed of Davidson faculty, staff, and local alumni working in non-profits. Information on signing up for an interview will come after you apply.

Phase 4 - Interview with Host Organization

During this final interview phase in late February/early March, finalist applicants will interview with host organizations either at their sites or on campus.

Phase 5 - Notification of Offer

By mid- to late March, applicants become part of the program once a host organization extends an offer and the student accepts. (Should an applicant decline the offer, he/she is not guaranteed a placement with another host organization.)

Please check back with this page to stay up-to-date on any changes to the schedule.