Policy Internship Grant

By Jamie Stamey

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Each year, dozens of Davidson students pursue internships in the realm of policy, government and law as a crucial first step to in their professional career. Whether they are interning on Capitol Hill, for a local politician, or a nonprofit seeking to effect change, more than likely, they are not getting paid to pursue their passion.

Many students are not able to pursue internships in their dream careers because they need to earn a wage. In the summer of 2015, 15 students received grants up to $5,000 to help cover cost-of-living expenses while they participated in an unpaid or low-paying internship in the political sphere. These critically important professional experiences were made possible through grant funding, but with limited funding available, over 25 students did not receive grants. 

Raising $10,000 through this program will provide funding for two students pursuing policy internships next summer that would otherwise be unable to participate.

2015 Grant Recipient Internships:

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of COmmerce - Commericial Service

American Council on Renewable Energy

Democratic Senatorial Campaign

National League of Cities

National Republican Senatorial Committee

Comments from 2015 Grant Recipients:

"Receiving this grant was the fundamental reason I was able to even take this internship. There is absolutely no way I could have afforded to live in Chicago without it, and I am forever grateful... The vast majority of government and policy internships are unpaid, but to get your foot in the door anywhere after graduation, you need to have one of these experiences."

“My actual cost of living expenses exceeded my projected expenses because, since I had never lived in a big city, I hadn't realized how expensive things like groceries, laundry, and other basic goods are compared to smaller towns or cities. However, the grant still covered the majority of my living expenses. Without this grant, I would not have been able to take this internship.”

“[The grant] was integral. This internship, being at a non-profit, was entirely unpaid. Without this grant, I would have been unable to support myself to live in Chicago, and would not have had access to this opportunity.”

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