Students in their sophomore year are eligible to compete for internships with companies in a variety of industries. The positions are supported by several W&L alums and other friends of the University. In addition to sponsoring these internships, these alums agree to serve as professional mentors for participating students and to assist the students in establishing a network of useful business contacts beyond the sponsoring firm. In many cases, the alums assist the intern in securing an internship with a different firm following the junior year and in securing permanent placement following graduation.
Washington & Lee University's Entrepreneurship Internship Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial environment through spring term and summer break internships at startup and small businesses located in the United States.
The Williams School, in collaboration with Hollins University, sponsors an eight week program the combines classroom study and internships with firms in and around London. Students are matched with businesses and not-for-profits based upon their professional interests. Students also take two courses during the summer term.
The strong network of alumni and parents has aided in creating far-reaching internship programs over the last decade. Starting with a strong presence in Washington DC (accounting, government) and NY (finance), the Williams School has leveraged alumni support to expand programs in those two markets and elsewhere.