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 internship:
Following a Spring Term Abroad Course
Through an approved 3rd party provider
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 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. ThePractical Training guide provides an overview of CPT and hot to obtain CPT authorization for both undergraduate and law students.
Options for internship proposals
Option 1: Add onto select Spring Term Abroad (STA) Course
Opporutnities vary based on STA offerings
Contact Fran Elrod for more information
Option 2: Approved third-party vendors
Approved international vendors include, but are not limited to: