Student Summer Opportunities

Career and Professional Development

Career and Professional Development has two funding opportunities, one with rolling availability for academic-year support and one posted in April specifically for summer internships. Enroll in the CPD Canvas Course to receive the latest information 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.

James Tyler Dickovick Internship in International Affairs, Global Political Economy, and the Public Interest

The James Tyler Dickovick Internship award honors a beloved and inspiring educator and scholar who left a lasting imprint on Washington and Lee, where he served on the faculty from 2004- 2019. During his time at Washington and Lee University, Tyler was a distinguished teacher, legendary among students and colleagues alike for his intellectual seriousness, dedication to student learning inside and outside of the classroom, concern with issues of international politics and development, and unforgettable sense of humor.

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)

SSIR grants support rising seniors pursuing their research or creative interest with the mentorship of a faculty member. Depending on the duration of the summer research, SSIR may be eligible for elective credit and/or experiential (EXP) credit. Students should consult their faculty adviser and look for SSIR course options during the summer registration period.

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.