Program Details

Timeline | Eligibility | Application Process | Placement Process | Program Requirements |


Internship dates: June 2 - July 31, 2017
Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
Interviews for Connolly & Morrison interns: Last week in January
Interviews for general Shepherd interns: First week in February


  • Successfully complete the poverty introductory course, or other approved course.     
  • Applicants are current first years, sophomores or juniors. Seniors are not eligible.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA 

Application Process

Students will complete the online application and upload the application packet.  

The application packet includes:

  • Online application
    • Essay
    • Selection of three internships of interest
    • Resume (upload)
  • Additional information required off-line:
    • Campus Interview
    • One letter of recommendation
      • Letters are e-mailed directly to
      • Letters are to be addressed to "Interview Committee Members"
      • Letters may address academic competency, level of maturity, opinion regarding readiness for a challenging, independent, professional learning experience

Placement Process 

  1. Student will receive an offer to participate in the program and then will begin the internship matching process with Fran Elrod.  Students accepted as Connolly or Morrison interns will be priority matched with an organization in the designated city.
  2. Following a meeting with Ms. Elrod,  the student will be matched with an organization, balancing the student preferences with commitments to organizations in different geographic regions and housing limitations. It is worth noting that there are varying degrees of difficulty among internships and some placements prefer rising seniors or students with specific academic training.
  3. Student and the agency contact person are notified of the internship match via email.
  4. The agency receives the student's resume and letter of recommendation.
  5. The student initiates a phone interview with the agency and both parties confirm the placement is a good match. If it is not a good match, Ms. Elrod will place the intern in another agency, but it is unlikely it will be one of the 'top 3' previously identified.
  6. Once matched, the student develops and agency supervisor a Community Learning Agreement (CLA) in preparation for the internship. Completing the CLA reqires consultation with the supervisor and may evolve over time, as the needs of the organization shift. The CLA becomes a pre-assessment tool and is revisited at the conclusion of the internship as a post-assessment.

Program Requirements

SHECP and the Shepherd Program at W&L endeavor to create opportunities that maximize learning opportunities over the summer. The internship is an important piece, but not the only piece of your experience this summer.  At Washington and Lee University, the summer internship is a 3-credit course (POV453) and required for the Minor.

Participation Requirements for POV 453:

  • Pre-orientation sessions sponsored by the Career Services Office and/or the Shepherd Program
  • Full participation in the opening and closing conferences.
  • Work full-time during designated internship dates (more than three days of absence is not acceptable, excluding national holidays)
  • Online reflections (4 entries; 1-2 double-spaced pages each)
  • Presentation- All interns will give a public presentation at the Closing Conference
  • Mid-summer check-in - Participate in conference call or meeting with a SHECP supervisor and interns in your geographic location for a check in mid-summer.
  • Assess your internship via an on-line assessments from the SHECP and Shepherd Program offices.
  • Interns are strongly encouraged to:
    • Keep a journal about their experience (some schools require)
    • Submit an informative essay about their internship and what they learned about poverty and themselves to the Consortium Program Director for review and possible posting on the SHECP website.
  • Write to the internship donor. Students receive an email prompt from the University Development Office
  • Fall term defrief session
  • Fall term panel presentation to prospective interns