January 2018 Student Summer Opportunities
Advising Advice - January 2018
Student Summer Opportunities Our return to the academic year in January is a good time for students to be making plans for what they would like to do this summer. Here are some of the opportunities offered by W&L and open to students in a variety of disciplines:
Cape Town Summer Internship Program During this 8-week summer program that combines internships and site-based learning, students can earn 6 credits (3 POL, 3 BUS) while developing a deeper understanding of the business climate, history and culture of Cape Town, South Africa. This program is ideal for rising juniors and seniors with an interest in healthcare, business, education, arts, or economic policy.
Career and Professional Development * Career and Professional Development has several summer internship funding opportunities, applications for which are generally due later in the year, April and May. Be sure to "opt-in" to Career Development to learn about these opportunities. Contact Randy Karlson for more information.
Funding for International Experiences * The Center for International Education administers several summer grant programs that support research, service projects and, in a very limited number of cases, international study.
Johnson Opportunity Grants * The Johnson Opportunity Grant program helps rising seniors or rising juniors pay the expenses connected with an internship, a student conference, independent research or any other summer project that will help them become leaders in their chosen discipline or future career. Current Johnson Scholars should contact Elizabeth Knapp about Johnson Enhancement Funding.
London Internship Program The Williams School coordinates Washington and Lee's seven-week program that 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.
Shepherd Poverty Program Internship * The Shepherd Poverty Program offers a 3-credit course, POV 453, which funds roughly 8 international summer experiences and 30 domestic summer internships. Most of the domestic opportunities are available through Shepherd Program's membership to the national Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty which offers over 120 internships throughout the U.S. The domestic experiences are bookended with an opening and closing conference and run 8-weeks during June and July. POV 101 is a requisite for the domestic internship program and POV 101 and POL 215 for the international internship program.
Student Summer Independent Research (SSIR) Developed as a complement to the Summer Research Scholars Program, which promotes collaborative research between students and faculty members during the summer, the Student Summer Independent Research (SSIR) grants support rising seniors in the pursuit of their own research or creative interest, with the mentorship of a faculty member.
Summer Research Scholars (SRS) * The Summer Research Scholars Program encourages well-qualified and strongly motivated students to become familiar with research tools, techniques, and methodology through collaborative research with faculty members during the summer. Participation is an enriching and broadening experience. It is particularly valuable to students who intend to pursue graduate work, for they are introduced to the kind of research activities they will encounter at the graduate level.
In addition to the programs listed above, there are many additional summer opportunities offered by specific departments and programs. The Office of Career and Professional Development can also help students seeking summer internships, and there are a number of summer fellowship opportunities as well. Please encourage your advisees to start thinking about the summer now!
NEW THIS YEAR: *Students who are seeking funding through the Summer Research Scholars (SRS), Johnson Opportunity Grant, Shepherd Poverty Internship, Center for International Education, and/or Career and Professional Development programs must submit a Summer Opportunities Funding Request form in addition to any other program specific applications. Students may apply to more than one program, but under no circumstances will total funding awards for a single project exceed the budget specified on this Funding Request form. Please note that, with the exception of the SRS program (which is stipend only), these programs only cover expenses related to the proposed project (such as travel, lodging, food); they generally do not provide a stipend.