International Internships **DUE TO COVID-19 NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021** POV453

Shepherd internships provide students with a community engagement experience in a domestic or international setting relevant to one’s academic trajectory or civic interests. Shepherd aims to provide opportunities for students to more deeply understand the causes and consequences of poverty in ways that respect the humanity of all people.  While it is important for students to approach the experience with an eye towards professional development, it is equally important for students to understand that much learning will come in ways they least expect. 

There are three avenues to access an international internship:

  1. Following a Spring Term Abroad Course **not likely in 2021** 

  2. Through an approved 3rd party provider

  3. Through a student proposed project 


Prerequisite courses: POV 101 or POV 103
Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
Physician clearance for students who manage a physical or mental health condition 

International Students

International students participate in a Shepherd internship through the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program which allows F-1 visa students to participate in paid or unpaid internship experiences that are directly related to the student's major or must either be for academic credit or a major requirement. All declared students at W&L are eligible for CPT. The Practical Training guide provides an overview of CPT and how to obtain CPT authorization for both undergraduate and law students. 

Options for internship proposals

Option 1: Add onto select Spring Term Abroad (STA) Course

  • Dependent on Covid-19 restrictions
  • Opporutnities vary based on STA offerings
  • Contact Fran Elrod for more information

Option 2: Approved third-party vendors 

Option 3: Create your own 

  • Internship site must be approved by the Shepherd Program prior to the development of an internship proposal
  • Contact Fran Elrod ( for assistance


  • January 31: Application packet deadline
  • February 11:  Law School students application deadline
  • Late January: Interview & selection
  • By February 19: Commit to internship & submit required paperwork
  • Pre-departure tasks for internatonal internships
    • Submit copies of travel details to the Shepherd Office
    • Complete immunizations  
    • Register with the State Department
    • Complete the Univeristy Travel Registry

The Application Packet 

  • Complete the Summer Opportunities Funding Request Form
    • Law students DO NOT complete this form.  Funding is through the Federal Work Study Program
  • Application 
    • Application uploads included:
      • Internship Proposal 
      • Letter of support from sponsor/host organization (e.g. 3rd party provider or hosting agency)
      • Resume 
  • One letter of recommendation
    • Letters emailed directly to Fran Elrod at
    • Letters are to be addressed to 'Interview Committee Members'
    • Letters may address academic complexity, level of maturity, opinion regarding readiness for challenging, independent, professional learning experience
  • You will be contacted for an interview

Financial Information

Successful applicants receive up to $3,000 from the Shepherd Program to apply towards expenses.  Additional financial support through University-sponsored fellowships may be available.  

Need-based grants are available for qualifying students.

Schedule a meeting with Fran Elrod ( to learn more.