William & Mary students have three full summers up for grabs during their college years. This time can be used in many ways. Students should consider all of the options and choose ones that best meet their goals.
Securing a summer job can be a great way to make some extra money while all that new knowledge settles in your mind. An internship or externship could teach you some new skills and broaden your professional network. Check with your major department or the Cohen Career Center to find out more about potential opportunities.
Some students like the change of pace offered by our academic summer sessions at the main campus and in Washington, D.C. Classes are held four or five times a week for an intensive, 5-week program. Think about your learning style, and about what kind of course material would work well for you in the compressed schedule. About 350 students also remain on campus for independent summer research, often earning credits for their work.
Studying abroad is also an option in the summer. The Reves Center for International Studies offers William & Mary summer programs that allow students to gain W&M course credits from courses taught by W&M and international faculty. Students are also welcome to study abroad with outside program providers. The Reves Center offers more than $375,000 yearly in scholarships for study abroad and international internships.
Other summer opportunities:
- PLUS program (Preparing for Life as a University Student)
- Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History
- Virginia Shakespeare Festival
- Virginia Institute of Marine Science Summer Intern Program