Student Summer Opportunities

*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 application.  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. If you have questions about the Summer Opportunities Funding Request form, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

To continue your application after completing the funding request form, click on the following link or links to the program from which you are requesting funding.

Cape Town Summer Internship Program

During this 8-week summer program that combines internships and site-based learning, students can earn WLU credits while developing a deeper understanding of South Africa's culture, history, geology, politics, and business environment. This program, open to all W&L majors, is ideal for rising sophomores and juniors with interests in many areas.

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.

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.