Internships provide an excellent opportunity for students to test out career interests, gain valuable experience, and connect with employers who may later hire them upon graduation. Internships are viewed as a proving ground for future employment in many fields and have become increasingly important for undergraduates, including students studying traditional liberal arts disciplines. Davidson provides students the guidance and support they need to secure internship opportunities related to their post-graduate goals.
Internships can occur during the summer or during the academic year, can be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid, and in a variety of career fields and geographical locations. They should provide an opportunity to draw connections between classroom learning, extracurricular activities, and the workplace while building a network of professional contacts. Davidson works to ensure that internships posted through the college's Center for Career Development meet the college's standards for high-quality internships.
A few of the companies and organizations where students have completed internships recently include: Deloitte Consulting, Bank of America, Charlotte Magazine, Talwar Gallery, Polymorphic Pictures, AES Corporation, FDIC, Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, and the Charlotte Office of the Mayor.
Handshake is the primary gateway to Davidson-specific career opportunities and resources. The job database includes hundreds of internships and job shadowing opportunities that the college receives from families and friends of Davidson, alumni, and other employers who have strong interest in hiring Davidson students.
In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, Davidson has a number of internship programs for Davidson students only. These programs, run by a number of centers and offices on campus, include Davidson in Washington, Davidson in East Asia, the Sustainability Scholars program, the Education Scholars program, the Entrepreneurship Internship program, and the Civic Engagement Fellows program. Many of these programs offer housing and reflective activities to ensure the educational value of the experience.
Students are encouraged to visit and take advantage of the Center for Career Development in their first year. The center provides services, programs, and opportunities that allow students to explore how their academic and personal interests relate to future professional opportunities; prepare for entrance into employment, internships, fellowships and graduate school programs; and succeed through on- and off-campus interview opportunities, employer information sessions, and job and graduate school fairs.