for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

The NEXT (Network Engage eXplore Together) Level is a program designed to offer first-generation sophomore students:

  • Mentorship, through professional guidance
  • Skill building, through paid project work

NEXT Level students will be matched with a company or entrepreneur in the Davidson area that will provide a paid short-term project, working five hours a week, over eight weeks, to complete their project. Client partners and students will meet once a week to discuss progress on the project and engage in a mentoring session.

Davidson College Students

NEXT Level is for you, if you identify as a first-generation* sophomore student. This program is designed for first-generation sophomore students; however, all students are welcome to inquire about the benefits of this and other programs sponsored by the Hurt Hub and Matthews Center for Career Development.

*At Davidson College, a student identifies as a first-generation college student if neither parent/legal guardian graduated from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

The NEXT Level program starts at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Each week, plan to dedicate about six hours to the NEXT Level program; five hours a week to the project and one hour to connect with your client. Once a month, the NEXT Level program will meet as a group either in the evening for dinner or during common hour for lunch to cover a professional or personal development topic.

Network
Interact with client partners and Davidson College staff to build a network on and off campus

Engage
Participate in self awareness and cohort activities to engage with each other and grow through shared experiences

eXplore
Complete 40 hours of paid project work to build skill sets and explore career opportunities

Together
Build a community to offer and receive ongoing support

  • As a part of the NEXT Level program you will:
    • Participate in monthly professional development sessions with campus partners from Academic Access & Disability Resources, to discuss time management techniques, and Theatre department, to learn presentation skills and tools to use when engaging an audience.
    • Complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and engage in a one-on-one consultation with a Hurt Hub staff member.
    • Meet with an adviser in the Matthews Center for Career Development to learn effective strategies for articulating your work experience.
Absolutely! NEXT Level is open to all first-generation sophomore students.

Access To

Exposure To

Project Based Work

Hire a Student

Ideate, create, innovate at the Hurt Hub@Davidson

The Gig-Hub program offers Davidson students the opportunity to engage in paid short-term real-world projects with a diverse range of clients. This project based work, a gig, lets you, the client, complete a new or ongoing project while allowing students to expand their skill set.

To hire a student, you can start the process by submitting your project below.

Interested in NEXT Level?

Interest form

Complete the NEXT Level interest form. After you submit the form, you will receive an email to attend an information session or set up a one-on-one meeting.

Resume Review

Prep your resume to include activities since starting at Davidson College and highlight new skills and experiences you have gained. Showcase all of your experiences – this included paid work and volunteer activities.

Reflect on your Skill Sets

Skill sets may include: Canva design expertise, ability to build an R Shiny dashboard, numbers wiz in Excel or Google Sheets, speaking a language in addition to English, or website design.

Gather Information

Attend an informational session, stop by a table during common hour, or talk with fellow first-generation students.

Apply for NEXT Level

Submit your application, resume, and personal statement.

Student Testimonials

Client Partners

NEXT Level client partners provide unparalleled support, mentorship, and professional development to students. Through NEXT Level, students have increased access and exposure to various industries, skills, networks, and opportunities through project based work.

Serving as a mentor will connect you to Davidson students to offer project support and professional guidance.

The NEXT Level program runs two cohorts each year. One at the beginning of September through mid-November, and the second, February through mid-April.

Each week, plan to dedicate about two hours to the NEXT Level program. One hour to connect with your student(s) and one to review project work and prep deliverables for the following week. Additionally, there is an evening program kick-off and end of program celebration. Part way through – meet to review / chat with other mentors

Network

Interact with Davidson College students to help them build their professional network off campus. Meet other client partners to share ideas and build your network of local partners. 

Engage

While partnering with students on project work, discover new opportunities to engage in your venture and new ways of thinking. 

eXplore

Throughout the 40 hour project, explore ways your business will benefit from the student’s knowledge, enhance your skill set, and allow the student to explore career opportunities

Together

Be part of a community to offer and receive ongoing support

There is no cost to the client partner.

Hire a Student

Ideate, create, innovate at the Hurt Hub@Davidson

The Gig-Hub program offers Davidson students the opportunity to engage in paid short-term real-world projects with a diverse range of clients. This project based work, a gig, lets you, the client, complete a new or ongoing project while allowing students to expand their skill set.

To hire a student, you can start the process by submitting your project below.

Join NEXT Level for the opportunity to provide access and exposure through project based work.

To participate in NEXT Level, you can start the process by submitting your application.

Past Clients & Testimonials

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