Accepted Interns


Prior to the Internship

By February 14:

  • Accept the offer to participate
  • Submit an signed Participation Agreement (for travel and health) to your institutional contact 
  • Sign-up for a phone or in-person meeting with Fran Elrod or Dr. Harlan Beckley through W&L's online classroom program, Sakai  **Instructions to access Sakai will be emailed directly to students.
  • Connect with other Shepherd interns on Facebook  

February 14 - March 7:

  • Phone/in-person meeting with Fran Elrod to finalize top 3 internship choices  

By April 1-15:  

  • Student receives email notification of internship placement
  • Student immediately contacts the designated agency contact (listed on the online internship description) to set up a phone interview
  • Notify SIP Office staff when the interview is complete
  • For students enrolling in Bonner-AmeriCoprs, submit Enrollment Packet to Amy DeHart.  The original must be mailed to: Washington and Lee University,  Newcomb Hall 312, Lexington, VA 24450.

May 15:

  • In conversation with the agency mentor, draft a Community Learning Agreement
May 31 (W&L only):
  • Attend pre-orientation session with Career Services and SP staff

Additional activities prior to June:

  • Travel: In consultation with your school contact person, make travel arrangements for the first and last legs of travel this summer (e.g. to the opening conference and home following the closing conference)
  • Map your commute to work
  • Communicate with interns assigned to the same city (find each other on FB)
  • Paticipate in pre-orientation activities planned by your institution for the Shepherd Program

Program Dates

Friday, June 5, 3:00pm- 8:00pm          Opening conference at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia
Friday & Saturday, June 5&6               Opening Conference 
Sunday, June 7                                     Travel to internship city and check into  housing
Monday, June 8 - Friday, July 31        Internship
Saturday, August 1                              Arrive to Lexington, Virginia
Sunday, August 2 - 3,                          Closing Conference & Poverty Symposium