Dana Scholars

Dana Scholars

To Enter the Dana Program:

As applications for admission are received by the College, exceptional applicants are identified and invited to the Dana Scholars Program. Invitees typically are near the top of their high school class, score 1350 (Critical Reading and Math) or greater on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and, equally important, exhibit distinctive creativity, versatility, and intellectual curiosity.

In the Dana Program:

Dana Scholars Program Requirements

  • GPA: 3.3
  • DNA-118/9-00 Dana Freshman Year Seminar: 1.0 course unit
  • DNA-281-00 Dana Sophomore Seminar: 0.5 course unit
  • DNA-975-00 Dana Mentorship: 0.5 or 1 course unit (need: 1 course unit total)
  • ONE of the following:
  • DNA-960-00 Dana Internship: 0.5 or 1 course unit (need: 1 course unit total)
  • An additional Dana Mentorship: 0.5 or 1 course unit (need: 1 course unit total)
  • DNA-955-00 Dana Forum: 0.5 course unit/semester (over 2 semesters)
  • Total course units: 4.5 course units for Dana Studies


Q: What’s the difference between an internship and a mentorship?

A: An internship is work experience undertaken for the purpose of applying knowledge from the classroom to a practical work environment and actively reflecting on that activity. A mentorship, on the other hand, allows students to collaborate with a faculty member of their choice in order to develop an original project. While internships tend to be a more reflective experience, mentorships tend to revolve around original work to be shared at the end of the mentorship. Because of the flexible nature of the mentorship, it can take any form as long as it is agreeable to the student and the mentoring faculty member. The Study may culminate in a paper, performance, presentation, or any other final product deemed appropriate.

Q: I noticed you can take a full 2.0 course units of Dana Mentorships; can I choose to take a full 2.0 course units of Dana Internships instead to fulfill my Dana program requirements?

A: No; Danas must complete at least 1.0 course unit of Dana Mentorship for the program requirements.

Q: What if I want to do my internship over the summer?

A: Unless your internship is independent research through the school that would earn you a free research credit, you must pay the appropriate course unit fee for doing an internship over the summer. Check with your internship supervisor if you are unsure.

Q: If any independent study I conduct for my major requirement seems to also fulfill my Dana Internship/Mentorship requirement, can it double count?

A: Absolutely! As long as your discipline(s) allows for independent studies to count toward your major, you can code it as a DNA 975 (Dana Mentorship). Some majors allow for internships to count; if that is the case for you, you can code your internship as DNA 960 (Dana Internship). Make sure you talk to the department head and the Dana Scholars Program director to confirm.

Q: How do I know if my internship/mentorship is being counted towards my Dana requirements?

A: Check your academic record on Capstone to confirm how it is coded (DNA 960/975).


For a list of Internship opportunities click here

For a list of recent Internships click here

For a list of recent Mentorships click here