Global Experiences

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A global experience is essential—and guaranteed—for every Colby student. Students should also experience a lively international culture on campus. DavisConnects attracts the finest students and faculty from around the planet and provides opportunities and experiences to educate the next generation of global leaders.

  • Davis Grants for Global Experiences

    Need-based funding for every Colby student.

  • Davis Global Engagement Fellowships

    Prestigious awards to promote global leadership.

  • Davis Summit on Global Engagement

    An annual showcase of Colby’s global footprint.

  • Davis Fund for Global Innovation

    Support for innovative classroom and research experiences.

Hannah Piersiak ’17

Youth advocacy | South Africa

Christina Dong ’17

Writing and Communications | London


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We’ll provide the connections. You'll enhance your classroom learning through internships with Colby’s partners in every major U.S. city and around the world.

Colby’s internship partners include Accenture, Citi, Goldman Sachs, the Institute for the International Education of Students, MarketAxess, Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center, Ocean Spray, and the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries.

Josua Lutian ’18

Original Music Production | New York City

Maddie Neider ’17

Constituent services | British Parliament


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Test your big questions and bold ideas. In renowned labs. In the field. In communities around the world. Colby gives students in every major and discipline the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the world. Professors are encouraged (and resourced) to launch research initiatives that double as student learning experiences.

  • Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

    Take a Jan Plan course from a senior Bigelow researcher. Combine science and social-policy analysis during a fall residency. Spend the summer on an oceanographic research vessel.

  • The Jackson Laboratory

    Pursue leading-edge biomedical research into the genetic basis for disease—for a summer or Jan Plan term, depending on your schedule.

  • Allen Island/Up East Foundation

    Make use of the resources on this private island to study geology, cultural geography, chemistry, ecology, and more.

  • Herring Gut Learning Center

    Spend January on Maine's St. George peninsula. Learn how alternative hands-on educational programming can increase the academic interest and success of at-risk students.

Wes Zebrowski ’18

Religion and environmental science | Ethiopia

Margot Miranda-Katz ’18

Pediatric pathogens | San Francisco

About DavisConnects

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In an expanded and reimagined facility, DavisConnects brings together expert staff, inspiring spaces, and powerful resources. The purpose: to prepare students for postgraduate success by integrating classroom learning and off-campus experiences.

The “Industry Expert” Model

DavisConnects turns the traditional career-center model on its head. Our staff offers targeted insight and connections that enable students to build a career-enhancing suite of experiences, knowledge, and perspective.

Davis Family Philanthropy

DavisConnects is made possible by a $25-million gift from the Davis family and a trustee of its charitable foundation, Andrew Davis ’85, LL.D. ’15. Andrew Davis’s commitment to Colby has included serving as a trustee from 1996 to 1999 and as a College overseer from 1999 to 2006. The Davis family provided a $10-million lead gift to construct the Davis Science Center on Colby’s campus. Their commitment to high-quality, life-changing global experiences has been felt worldwide through such initiatives as the Davis United World College Scholars Program and the Davis Projects for Peace. At present, the Colby campus is home to 60 United World College Scholars, and nearly 250 claim Colby as their alma mater.

The Colby Commitment Ensuring the most talented students from every background have access to the best possible education.

DavisConnects expands the reach of this signature program to ensure that every Colby student has opportunities for internships, research, and global experiences.

Learn more about the Commitment, admission, and financial aid