Lexington, Virginia • August 2, 2009
The Shepherd Alliance, administered by Washington and Lee University's Shepherd Poverty Program, unites student interns from Washington and Lee and other members of the alliance with agencies that work to benefit impoverished members of society.Thirty-nine of this year's interns were from W&L while others were from Berea, Middlebury, Amherst, Morehouse, and Spelman colleges.
Students spent the eight weeks learning to strengthen impoverished communities by working 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 work with agencies that fit their intellectual interests in order to develop their experience and skills for future civic involvement and employment.
Watch some of the stories from this summer's internships: