Internship Grants

Through the generosity of a Davidson alumnus, the Innovation + Entrepreneurship Internship Grant supports students pursuing unpaid or low-paying internships with organizations of an entrepreneurial mindset. Opportunities with for-profit startups and innovative companies will be given priority. Grants are available in the amount of up to $5,000.

How do you apply?

You can apply for this grant through the Center for Career Development’s summer internship grant application. As part of the online application, you will be asked to upload the following materials and apply directly through Handshake (login required):

One-page résumé
Prospective budget
Internship description

Timeline for Grants

The application timeline for this grant follows the same schedule for summer internship grants through the Center for Career Development.

March 1: Applications available
April 1: Applications due
April 20: Award recipients notified
Mid May: Awards distributed

Selection Process

A committee composed of Innovation & Entrepreneurship staff will evaluate your application.

The committee makes decisions based on the quality of the internship with either a startup or innovation-oriented company, your learning goals, and the living expenses associated with the experience. You will not be eligible for a grant if you intend to receive academic credit for Explorer 099 or an independent study.

Taxes and Financial Aid Implications

Grants are categorized as non-qualified scholarships. For domestic students, the college will not withhold taxes on the grants or report them on a form-1099. Recipients, or their parents/guardians if they are considered dependents, are responsible for reporting the income on their individual taxes. Grants awarded to international students may be subject to tax withholding and will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students receiving financial aid will be required to report the grant as income on their aid application for the subsequent year.  Undocumented students are not eligible to receive grants unless they have been granted work authorization by the Department of Homeland Security.