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The Erik T. Woolley Fellowship

The Erik T. Woolley Fellowship for International Internships was established by Dr. Paul O. Woolley, Jr. in 2001 in honor and memory of his son, Erik Woolley. Fellowships are awarded to Washington and Lee University students on an annual basis to support an educational internship experience overseas, usually during the summer. With an expectation that students must prepare themselves for an ever deeper global engagement, regardless of their field of study or career interests, the goal of an international internship will be to foster exposure to and experience in both international professional practice and cultural understanding.

The internship should have a pre-professional orientation with clear guidelines as to how the experience will be an educational one for the student and there should be an outline of basic duties and responsibilities for the intern. These should be contained in an internship description or letter of invitation to the student. Internships should be for not less than eight weeks and should be related to an applicant's academic and/or professional interests. Fellowship recipients will be required to prepare and submit an internship report upon their return to campus and share their experience with other W&L students and faculty.

The application for a Woolley Fellowship is due in the Center for International Education by February 15. To apply, please provide the Center for International Education with the following materials through LexLink at:

1.  A detailed proposal of the planned internship including:
  • its relevance for the applicant's studies at W&L
  • an explanation of the applicant's expectations for cultural engagement
  • a description of how the applicant will share what is learned with the W&L community

2. Two letters of recommendation.

3. An estimated budget of all expenses.

4. A copy of the most recent transcript.

Once the application has been received, an interview will be scheduled.

Please contact Kip Brooks, if you have any questions.

Examples of Internships/Volunteer Experiences funded by the Woolley grant:


Molly Ortiz '13 volunteered with Ghana ACT (Alliance for Community Transformation) education program. She spent eight-and-a-half weeks in the summer of 2012 teaching English, math, science and computer skills to students at McColin's Primary School in Fiave, Ho -- a school that "focuses on providing a good education to underprivileged children: orphans, children with single mothers, children of teenage parents." She, along with another volunteer from Washington and Lee University -- Annelise Madison '14 -- showed the children how to throw a football and how to play basketball, using equipment that had been donated by many at W&L before they left.

Costa Rica

Mark Faubion '14 spent two months in Nicoya, Costa Rica during the summer of 2012. He was placed in a language institute that organized and formalized a concurrent law internship. During the first month, he spent half his day in language classes and the second half working under three lawyers in Nicoya, attending hearings, and shadowing a transit judge. The second month was focused on the internship.  Mark traveled each morning to the regional court about 20 miles North of Nicoya.  At the regional court, he was placed in a different office every few days in order to get a real overview of the system.  The different offices provided various experiences, including dealing with domestic violence, pensions, narcotics, traffic violations, and murder. He even got to experience traveling with a tribunal to an off-site hearing involving land disputes.