Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP)

Washington and Lee University is a member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) which unites students from Consortium member institutions with agencies that work to benefit under-resourced members of society. Students learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by volunteering for eight weeks alongside individuals seeking to improve their communities. The agencies, located in various urban and rural sites in the United States, focus on education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts. Students intern with agencies that fit their intellectual interests in order to develop their experience and skills for future civic involvement and employment.

Admittance into the SHECP is competitive with the application and interview process at each institution.

The program begins with a two-day opening conference in Arlington, VA and ends with a two-day closing conference in Lexington, VA. During the internship, students live and work together, creating new friendships.


Internship program dates: June 6 - August 4, 2019
Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

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 hot to obtain CPT authorization for both undergraduate and law students. 



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