How to Travel the World on Davidson’s Dime

By Haleena Phillips ’21

I knew I wanted to travel the world when I saw the countless instagram posts of my peers in countries like Spain, Singapore, and Brazil while I stayed on the brick fort of what we know as Davidson College. With my tight schedule, I did not know how I could fit going abroad into my schedule and the biggest thing was figuring out how I would pay for it. That’s when I luckily came across a list of summer grants from the Center for Career Development’s (CCD) Weekly Digest. The Weekly Digest is a list of updates and information, provided by the CCD, that stem from academic events on campus all the way to summer internships and fellowships. MEET MY WORLD was staring back at me in big bold Times New Roman text as if it was demanding to be seen and I obliged.

Meet My World is a summer travel program, funded by alumni, that gives international students the opportunity to share their home country and culture with a friend from the United States. This program pays for 2 round trip tickets, daily costs of accommodations, and cost of cultural activities. My friend has been trying to get me to visit him in his hometown, Thessaloniki, and who doesn’t want a free trip to Greece? We filled out the application explaining why we wanted to go and should be chosen and were set to go to Greece a week after classes concluded!

 Participating in this program was probably one the best experiences of my life. The Meet My World Grant was not only a trip but a journey. Moving from a different state to attend Davidson was hard enough for me but I did not imagine how hard it was for my friend, Dimitrios, moving all the way across the world. I can kind of relate as I know what it feels like to move to an unfamiliar country but I was much younger so I was able to adapt much easier. I became the expert in his life, showing him around and trying to modify him to fit into American culture this past year and a half. He made me realize that he had no interest in trying to fit in and that his perspective and upbringing from his country has made him who he is. I was able to experience this, putting myself in his shoes and personally experiencing the culture that made him who he is during our stay. This trip made our friendship stronger as we bond over our love of travel. I was able to take back some perspectives and aspects about his country that I was able transfer back to other students who may not understand. If you are interested in this program, please visit The application is due April 3, 2020.

My summer 2018 internship in South Korea: Gaining experience and a different perspective

CCD Student Associate Nate Campbell had an amazing summer studying abroad, volunteering and completing research in South Korea. Read about his experience! 

Through funding from Davidson College grants, I was fortunate enough to travel, conduct research, and volunteer in South Korea at HOLT, an orphanage for disabled people. Though I previously visited Korea before, this experience was my first opportunity to academically pursue a potential career choice of mine. Through participation observation and in-person interviews I wanted to discover the sociocultural factors responsible for the decline in transnational adoptions and what effects those changes bring to orphans, biological mothers, adoption agencies, and adoptive parents.

Perhaps the most fulfilling experiences came through working with the disabled children and adults at HOLT. With over two hundred residents and limited housemothers, my volunteer work included taking wheel-chaired residents for walks and helping with activities like puzzles, basketball, coloring books, and any other activity that provided them a space outside of their monotonous everyday lives. The relationships I developed with each resident, especially the younger children truly inspired me through their happiness and pure joy; it gave me a different perspective on love and the meaning of life.

The research portion of my summer allowed me to speak with HOLT staff, some of who have been living there since HOLT’s beginning in 1955, which provided me with their personal stories and opinions on the direction transnational adoption is heading. The South Korean government is cracking down on international adoptions in protection of biological mothers’ and the orphans’ rights and records, but this is putting a strain on the requirements for adoptive parents and lengthening the wait time before orphans are connected with families.

child on bicycle two children  Davidson student and children

Aside from the educational piece of my summer abroad experience, I cannot stress the amazing foods, tourist sights, and cultural immersion I gained from being in South Korea. The new atmospheres, new relationships, and new traditions learned compile a multitude of the beneficial exposures of going abroad!

Korean skyline seafood dish boat on river

Working at a Non-Profit in Beijing: Americans Promoting Study Aboard

Tai Tran's photo

Original post written by Tai Tran ’18, participant in the Davidson in East Asia Internship Program.

My experience at Americans Promoting Study Abroad has confirmed quite a few things I have read about working with non-profit organizations. First of all I would like to point out that this is an organization I have had quite a big insight and familiarity with before asking for an internship position for. APSA began with partnerships with quite a few other non-profit organizations. The idea was to have these other organizations who were more well established help APSA get on its feet and walk alone. However, that was never really achieved. Thus, we have the situation I am in now. An organization that is about eight years old yet does not have the stable base that it should have at this point. In our team of three, with two staff members from the One World Now organization, this summer we have a group of 21 students and a curriculum that we build as we go. There is far too much work to be done and there is only one full time staff member here in Beijing, our Executive Director. Being overworked and understaffed, that was my impression of a non-profit organization.

But many people would never believe the results we are able to churn out. To get so much done, with only a few staff members, within a limited amount of time, and resources, in my opinion we are all amazing here at APSA. And I am sure this is true for many other non-profits. The amount of fun and self discovery I have been able to enjoy during my internship has only left me with a positive impression. My research skills came in handy when it came to formulating short summaries of sites with hundreds of years of history and significance. My experience at Davidson College has taught me to wear many hats at one time in order to help us stick to a schedule or program. Although I have yet to actually find myself applying what I have learned in classes, other than my Chinese language classes, I have taken at Davidson College, my experience with extra-curricular clubs and networking has given me a better grasp of the real world and what it means to get work done at Americans Promoting Study Abroad.

Read more posts from the Davidson in East Asia Internship Program.

Working in Singapore


Original post written by Jack Shumway ’19, participant in the Davidson in East Asia Internship Program.

For a product-testing and certification company, Singapore is a great place to do business. The country itself is fixated  on quality and fervent in its desire to produce world class products, both of which lead to demanding regulations and a constant need for testing and certification. But opportunity also flows in from beyond the country’s compact borders. Singapore’s grade-A business infrastructure, and business-friendly rule of law make it a regional business hub for all of southeast Asia. Businesses in neighboring countries seeking to market products beyond their own borders naturally turn to Singapore for testing and certification services, making it a  truly ideal place for such a company like TÜV-SÜD to set up shop.

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Davidson Students Connect with European Internships

When Bettina Lemm ’13 looked for an internship last summer, she discovered an opportunity through Davidson parent Bill Echikson on WildcatLink at the Mundaneum in Mons, Belgium. The Mundeaneum is an archive center founded by a Belgian entrepreneur and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate with the goal of archiving all of the world’s knowledge and making it readily accessible through a collection of documents and note cards.

Bettina Lemm ’13 the Bernardus Djonoputro, the Secretary General of the Indonesian Association of Planners.

At the Mundaneum, Bettina taught an English and Social Media class to local teenagers in which the students learned to use social media platforms and express themselves in another language. In addition, Bettina created a blog in which she posted all of the events that Mundaneum and Google collaborated on—these companies formed a partnership so that Google could illustrate its appreciation of culture despite its large size, and the Mundaneum could reach a larger, more global audience. Bettina was initially drawn to this internship because of this collaboration; she wanted an opportunity to enter the world of technology, communication, and data while working within an archive center.

While in Belgium, Bettina was able to meet Bill Echikson, parent of Sam Echikson ’14, who works in the Google offices in Brussels and is responsible for making her internship available to Davidson students. Apart from seeing Mr. Echikson during office hours, he organized a biking trip to the town of Bruges with Bettina and several Yale students also interning in Belgium, invited her over to his home for a barbecue, and even asked her to attend a basketball game with him and his Finnish business partner.

Jaime DyBuncio ’13 shared this image of Schloss Leopoldskron, the palace in which the Salzburg Global Seminar is held.

After her internship at the Mundaneum, Bettina began interning at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, where fellow Davidson alum Jaime DyBuncio ’13 spent this summer. Both Bettina and Jaime worked as program interns, during which time they helped to organize seminars, as well as attended all discussions to engage with participants and speakers. The Global Seminar was established in 1946 with the goal of bringing people together from different cultures and backgrounds to discuss global issues. The current President and CEO of the Salzburg Global Seminar is Davidson alumnus Stephen Salyer ’72, who is responsible for connecting Davidson students with opportunities at the Seminar every year.

Among the highlights of this internship for Bettina and Jaime were living and working in Schloss Leopoldskron, an historic, 300-year-old castle, as well as the chance to live among people from different backgrounds and countries and gain a more global perspective.

If you are interested in learning more about Bettina and Jaime’s experiences at the Mundaneum and Salzburg Global Seminar, they are available by email at and This year, the Salzburg Global Seminar opportunity is being offered as part of the Davidson Impact Fellowship program; many seniors have applied for the opportunity to pursue this one-year fellowship. The Mundaneum summer internship may be available again this summer – stay tuned to WildcatLink for details.

Thank you again to Bill Echikson and Stephen Salyer ’72 for making these opportunities available to Davidson students.

Davidson Impact Fellows Program Gears Up for Application Season

Jeff Kniple, Associate Director for Employer Relations in the Center for Career Development, gave the first info session of the year last week on the Davidson Impact Fellows program.

The Davidson Impact Fellowship is a one-year-old, Davidson-run program that places recent graduates with organizations focusing on social issues including health, the environment, criminal justice and education. Last year, Davidson placed 14 fellows in 8 different organizations such as the Touch Foundation, Yes Prep, Catawba Lands Conservancy, and Communities in Schools. These organizations are located in Charlotte, NC, New York City, Atlanta, Houston, and the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

This year, the program is hoping to maintain relationships with the current organizations as well as expanding to include others.  Alumni are parents encouraged to reach out if they are interested in becoming a partner for the program.

Two additional fellowships will be available through a separate application process. The Lilly Foundation will provide graduating seniors with stipends for a year-long exploration of a vocation to ministry or to other faith-based service. The Williamson Trust will provide one graduating senior with a $25,000 fellowship for a year-long immersion with a LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit organization. These two opportunities allow applicants to select their own organization and create their own job description.

The application for the Davidson Impact Fellowship will be posted in early December and will be due by January 31, 2014. The application process includes submission of the application form, a resume, an official transcript, and a subsequent interview in mid-February. More information can be found here. Any specific questions about the program can be directed to Jeff Kniple at

To read about the experiences of current fellows, check out the Davidson Impact Fellows blog.  Stay tuned for more information about this year’s opportunities!


Davidson Impact Fellows Wraps Up, Begins Again

Davidson Impact fellows LogoThis summer, the Davidson Impact Fellows program will send the first participants to positions in several US cities and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  15 Fellows were selected from a pool of 49 applicants, nearly one of every ten Davidson seniors.  The positions will begin this summer and last for one calendar year, giving the fellows important exposure to the challenges and strategies involved in non-profit leadership.  In all cases the fellows will report directly to senior leaders and be given significant responsibility for projects within the organization.

Most of the positions are a direct result of parents and alumni who were able to bring fellows to organizations where they serve in various leadership roles.  Our recent grads will be going to the following organizations:  Catawba Lands Conservancy (Charlotte), Communities in Schools (Charlotte), Foundation for the Carolinas (Charlotte), Fundación Haciendas Del Mundo Maya (Yucatan Penisula, Mexico), Georgia Justice Project (Atlanta), Teach for America – Charlotte, Touch Foundation (New York), and YES Prep (Houston).  We are grateful to many in the extended Davidson network for making these happen.

We would like to give special thanks to two Davidson families who made remarkable contributions to the Davidson Impact Fellows program.  Mary Beth and Chris Harvey generously stepped forward with a lead gift that made the program possible.  Additionally,  Marilu and Luis Bosoms are supporting four fellows this year through the family’s non-profit organization, the Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya (FHMM).

The Davidson Impact Fellows staff is beginning to work with new organizations to secure chances for students in the Class of 2014 to participate.  The goal is to retain as many organizations as possible from this year, but also to add some new opportunities to the mix.  If you have an idea for a fellowship site please contact Jeff Kniple,

Students in the Class of 2014 will be offered several information sessions to learn more about the Impact Fellows once they return to campus.  Applications will be due in January, 2014.  See the program website for updates as they become available.

How to Become a Secret Agent

By Alexa King, Career Services Ambassador

I’m sorry to disappoint, but I don’t have any leads on how to become Jason Bourne or any other fictional secret agent. However, I do have some tips about how you can protect our nation in a different, less fantasized way. A few weeks ago, I attended an exciting information session about the opportunities available to students, both undergraduate and graduate, working for the CIA.

While many of the employers currently visiting Davidson are targeting only seniors, the CIA has many great programs for current freshmen. That’s right, you, 2016! Also, during the fall of your sophomore year, you can apply for the CIA’s amazing two-summer-long internship program. It provides hands-on experience and allows you to be a part of the “the nation’s first line of defense.”

Those interested in the CIA should have “personal integrity, an active curiosity, and a high degree of motivation.” As an agency that collects foreign intelligence and analyzes data, the CIA presenters emphasized the need for candidates to possess strong communication and teamwork skills. As Davidson students, we already have many of these qualities, but they can be improved through courses such as public speaking, as well as extracurricular activities that encourage us to overcome challenges while working with others.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your future. If you are interested in knowing that the work you do everyday can contribute to ensuring the safety of our nation, consider working for the CIA. While it is extremely competitive to join, believing that your work can make a difference is worth the effort. For more information, visit .

Don’t Forget to Network! The Importance of Networking for All Positions – Even the State Department

By: McKenzie Roese, Career Services Ambassador

Trekking up the hill is never my favorite thing to do early in the morning, but my hike was worth it after attending Dean Rusk’s Teatime talk on the State Department application process. Not only did I enjoy a delicious breakfast courtesy of Dean Rusk, I also learned about the intricacies of the application process for the State Department. While the process may seem clear-cut and systematic, there are definitely nuances to application that you should know about before applying.

Stefanie Cook and Paul DiFiore, both members of the class of 2013, starred as the discussion leaders after their remarkable summer experiences with the State Department. Cook spent her summer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in the US embassy. DiFiore explored the domestic front in the Central American Affairs Office in the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau, while also partaking in the Davidson in Washington program. Both did an excellent job informing students about the tedious, competitive, and often disappointing application process while also providing ample tips for the procedure. Their main point: Networking is everything.

In terms of networking’s wonders, Cook stressed the importance of reaching out to her political science advisor, Dr. Menkhaus, for providing an “in” to the Ethiopian bureau. Not only did Cook apply to the obscure, underappreciated Ethiopian bureau, but she also utilized her professor’s connection to the Ethiopian office to give her an edge above other candidates. Likewise, DiFiore reached out to a recent Davidson graduate working domestically in the State Department to help him stand out in the crowd. Reflecting back on his networking efforts, DiFiore honestly admits, “Even though I had a good resume and relevant experiences, there were lots of other grad school students who were way better qualified who were also applying. There always are. Having a contact was what got me in.”

Applying to obscure bureaus within the State Department and utilizing the power of the Davidson connection, both students stressed the importance of networking for landing their summer internships. Cook, reminiscing on her experience, recollected, “I got so engrained in the culture.” Luckily, she had the opportunity to immerse herself in Ethiopian culture, while DiFiore explored the domestic systems of D.C. bureaucracy, because they both reached out to the strong Davidson connection to help achieve their goals. Hopefully this will inspire you to reach out, for any position, to the Davidson community and alumni network when the time comes.

Curriculum Vita or Resume? What’s the Difference?

The basic differences between a résumé and a curriculum vitae (CV) are the length, what is included in each document, and what each document is used for. A résumé is a one or two page summary of your skills, experience and education. It is brief and concise, usually no more than a page or two.  (The preference is to keep it to one page.)  In contrast, a CV is a longer (at least two pages) and more detailed synopsis.

There are different ways of talking about these documents. The word résumé, which is French for “summary,” is the overall standard in the United States. However, the word vita goes by several variations. A vita, which is Latin for “life,” is sometimes called a CV. CV is short for the Latin phrase curriculum vitae, which can be loosely translated into English as “course of life.” So, CV, curriculum vitae, and vita all refer to the same document.

The CV
A CV is an in-depth document that can be laid out over two or more pages. It contains a high level of detail about your achievements, a great deal more than just a career biography. The CV covers your education as well as any other accomplishments, such as publications, awards, honors etc.

CVs tend to be organized chronologically and should be easy to get an overview of an individual’s full working career. A CV is static and doesn’t change for different positions.  The difference would be in the cover letter.

The Résumé
A résumé, is a concise document typically no longer than one page. The employer/reader will not dwell on this document for very long. The goal of a résumé is to make an individual stand out from the competition.

The job seeker should adapt the résumé to every position they apply for.  It is in the applicant’s interest to change the résumé from one job application to another and to target it to the needs of the specific position. A résumé is a highly customizable document.

The three major differences between CVs and résumés are the length, the purpose and the layout. A résumé is a brief summary of your skills and experience over one or two pages, a CV is more detailed and can stretch well beyond two pages. The résumé will be tailored to each position, while the CV will stay the same and any changes will be in the cover letter.

A CV has a clear chronological order listing the whole career of the individual, while a résumé’s information can be shuffled around to best suit the applicant. The main difference between a résumé and a CV is that a CV is intended to be a full record of your career history.  A résumé is a brief, targeted list of skills and achievements.

Usage around the world
A résumé is the preferred application document in the USA and Canada. Americans and Canadians would only use a CV when applying for a job abroad or if searching for an academic or research oriented position.

In the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, a CV is used in all work environments.  Résumés are not used at all. The CV prevails in mainland Europe and there is even a European Union CV format available for download.

In Germany, the CV is more commonly known as a Lebenslauf. Applying for a job requires more documentation than in other countries. German employers want a lot of information about a candidate even before they make their first decisions on who to accept for an interview, so you must send them a packet with a cover letter, a “Lebenslauf” (CV), a passport photograph, school certificates, and testimonials of previous employment.

In Australia, India and South Africa, the terms résumé and CV are used interchangeably. The term résumé is used more for jobs in the private sector and a CV is more commonplace when applying for public service positions.

Questions regarding your résumé or CV can be addressed by your career advisor in the Career Services office during Walk-In hours (M-F, 1:30-3:30pm), or by appointment. In addition, Career Services has information, and sample resumes and CVs  specifically for Davidson students on their website to use as guides.