Local & School of Law Internships

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 a non-SHECP domestic internship:

  1. Apply for a local internship through Handshake. Local Shepherd internship are available to offer continuity of service to our agency partners and offer meaningful experiences to students.
  2. Propose an internship. Students may propose an internship that is not otherwise available locally or through the SHECP.
  3. W&L School of Law Federal Work Study funds available to 1L & 2L students who are engaged in a summer public interest work that provides legal services to indigent clients or distressed communities. The funding is usually awarded to a student who already has secured a public interest job working for legal aid or a public defender who is seeking supplementary funding. 

Eligibility

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. 

Option 1: Apply for a local internship

  • Apply on Handshake 
  • Participating agencies:  Campus Kitchen at W&L; Habitat for Humanity; Project Horizon; Rockbridge Area Relief Association; YMCA youth camps

Option 2: Propose a domestic internship outside of our local area

  • Complete the Summer Opportunities Funding Request Form 
  • 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 elrodf@wlu.edu
        • 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

Funding

Local interns receive $3,000 from the Shepherd Program.
Non-local domestic interns receive up to $3,000 based on expenses.

Option 3: School of Law students

Shepherd provides Federal Work Study funding for selected Washington and Lee students engaged in a summer public interest position that provides legal services to indigent clients or distressed communities. The funding is usually awarded to a student who already has secured a public interest job working for legal aid or a public defender who is seeking supplementary funding. In past summers, 4 law students have been selected to receive this funding award. In 2020, the award was $12.50 per hour based upon Federal Work Study Guidelines.

Initially, you must apply via SCORE and submit a resume. Then, you must submit a full application via WLU Forms directly to the Shepherd Internship Program that includes: an essay that addresses your interest in working with indigent clients or distressed communities; 1 reference who can speak to your academic competency, level of maturity, opinion regarding readiness for a challenging, independent, professional learning experience; identify internship you've secured or applied to and wish to fund; resume (upload). Selections will be made by a W&L faculty-staff committee.

Applications are due by 5 PM on Monday, March 15. If you have questions about the Internship Program, contact Director Fran Elrod.

Interviews for the Internship Program will be conducted on Wednesday, March 17 via Zoom. Preferred interviews times will be from 3-5pm. 

 

Schedule a meeting with Fran Elrod (elrodf@wlu.edu) to learn more.