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Job and Internship Resources



Student Organizations and Departmental Resources

  • Teacher Education Department Resources
  • College Access - Organization provides one-on-one and drop-in tutoring and mentoring to help students gain a competitive edge in the college admissions process.
  • ESOL - ESOL facilitates communication with Rockbridge County's increasingly diverse population. Program offers formal classes, individual tutoring arrangements, translation of documents, and interpreting services.

Alumni to Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

Laura Leigh Birdwell '03

Laura Leigh Birdwell graduated from W&L in 2003 with a BA in Philosophy and received her MA in Literature from St. John’s College in 2006. Her love for the Great Books eventually led her to Great Hearts Academies, a network of non-profit, classical, liberal arts charter schools serving students in grades K-12. The mission of Great Hearts resonated with her own belief that all children are deserving of a college preparatory education regardless of their socioeconomic status. Laura Leigh taught 10th grade Humane Letters and coached middle school girls soccer from 2009-2015 and stepped into the role of Recruitment Officer in 2015. She hopes to hire W&L graduates to become teachers with Great Hearts Academies.

Taylor Gilfillan '13

Taylor Gilfillan is the Houston Regional Lead for Data-Driven Instruction and Achievement for KIPP Texas Public Schools. His goal is to close student achievement gaps in KIPP Houston's 31 schools by helping school and regional leaders make strategic decisions using data, such as test results and teacher surveys. His role includes analyzing data at the classroom, school and regional level in order to lift bold headlines for leaders to act on, creating progress-monitoring systems to help schools stay accountable, and co-creating school improvement plans with key stakeholders. Taylor graduated from Washington and Lee in 2013 with a B.S. in Physics with Honors, and is currently earning his M.S. in Data Analytics from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Erin Nelson '94

Erin participated in the JET Program after W&L and later received her MA in Japanese Literature from Ohio State University. After graduate school, she worked as a linguist for the Director of National Intelligence. Since 2011, she has worked in advancement for non-profits and is currently Senior Director for International Advancement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (based in their Chicago Illini Center).

Joe Porter '03

Several years after working as a student caller and manager for W&L's Annual Fund, Joe accepted a position directing the student phonathon at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He advanced to roles in Skidmore's annual fund, working with volunteers and donors, and leadership gifts, maintaining philanthropic relationships with alumni in various regions throughout the country. He leads a team of six gift officers in his current role as Director of Major Gifts. Joe graduated from Washington and Lee in 2003 with a degree in History.

Audrey Walker '05

Audrey Walker graduated from Washington & Lee University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communications. During her time at W&L, Audrey served as the President of the Xi Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega, was a varsity athlete, and an editor for the Trident. After graduation Audrey worked as an associate producer for a television production company in New York City where she realized her passion for working with college students through the company's internship program. She now serves as the Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life at Drexel University.