Shepherd Internship Program

The Shepherd Internship Program (SIP) is a member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consoritium on Poverty (SHECP) which unites students from Consortium member institutions with agencies that work to benefit under-resourced members of society. Students learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by volunteering for eight weeks 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 intern 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 SHECP internship director. The SIP is competitive with the application and interview process at each institution.

Students apply for consideration of up to three regionally designated internships; Connolly (Atlanta, GA) , Morrison (Charleston, WV), and general (all other U.S. based internships). Special consideration is given to students applying for the Connolly and Morrison designation. Students offered a position for a general internship consult with Shepherd Program's Associate Director to finalize internship placement following accepting an offer to participate.

The program begins with a two-day opening conference in Arlington, VA and ends with a two-day closing conference in Atlanta, GA. During the internship, students live and work together, creating new friendships.


Internship dates: June 3 - August 1, 2016
Application Deadline: January 15, 2016
Interviews for Connolly & Morrison interns: Last week in January
Interviews for general Shepherd interns: First week in February

*Application Deadline for W&L Law Students: February 25, 2016

Program Details

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