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#4 Student Summer Opportunities

Student Summer Opportunities:
Our return to the academic year in January is a good time for students to be making plans for what they would like to do this summer. Here are some of the programs supported by Washington and Lee and open to students in a variety of disciplines:

R E Lee stipends support students participating in summer research projects proposed and supervised by W&L faculty. Last year, there were roughly 60 R E Lee Scholars. The faculty deadline for R E Lee applications is February 3, 2012. The number of eligible students per faculty member is 2 and the minimum GPA for student participation is 3.0.

If any of your advisees are juniors who want to get a head start on a senior honors thesis, they should consider applying for a Student Summer Independent Research (SSIR) grant, administered by the Dean of the College (Due March 9th).

2012 will be the 4th summer when Johnson Opportunity Grants are available. These grants (up to $4,500) help rising seniors or rising juniors pay the expenses connected with an internship, a student conference, independent research or any other summer project that will help them become leaders in their chosen discipline or future career. Up to 30 grants will be made for the summer of 2012. First round applications are due January 20th and the second round due March 16th.

The Shepherd Poverty Program has a number of fellowship and internship opportunities. Many of the deadlines are quickly approaching. In particular, the Holleman Fellowship: Applicants are encouraged to present a proposal for summer work or study in the areas of public or community service or civic learning that enhances student leadership qualities and provides an incentive for fellows "to make a difference." Up to two Holleman Fellowships of up to $5,000 is awarded each spring to a student from the metro D.C. area to work or study in the United States or abroad the following summer. A proposal may be made jointly by more than one student.

The Office of International Education has several summer internship opportunities. Woolley Fellowships support students who are planning an educational internship experience overseas. Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2011. Contact Latha Dawson:

The staff in Career Services is happy to work with any of your advisees who are looking for jobs, internships and other opportunities for summer 2012. The competition is keen for internships and jobs. Please encourage your students to consult with Career Services on the development of both a quality resume and interviewing skills.