Learn about the Shepherd Internship Program (SIP) and how to apply
Shepherd Internship Program
The Shepherd Internship Program (SIP) unites students from Consortium member institutions with agencies that work to benefit impoverished members of society. Students learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished communities and working alongside individuals seeking to improve their communities. The agencies, located in various urban and rural sites in the United States, focus on education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts. Students work with agencies that fit their intellectual interests in order to develop their experience and skills for future civic involvement and employment.
Washington and Lee administers the SIP in collaboration with the Consortium internship director at each participating school. The SIP is competitive with an application and interview process at each institution. Once accepted, students work with their university contact and the SIP director at W&L in securing an internship. The internship begins with a two-day Opening Conference and ends with a Closing Conference. During the internship, students from different Consortium member institutions live and work together, creating new friendships.