Are you inspired by:

  • A reciprocal learning experience in distressed areas?
  • Pursuing a potential career path?
  • Exploring new cities across the country?
  • Living with other students who share these interests?

If yes, apply for a SHECP Internship!

2016 Interns Speak:

  • “I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be a Shepherd Intern and I plan on telling many people about it and educating people on what I have learned and encouraging others to apply, I hope that it continues to expand and I think that the program is capable of making a lot of change in America. Thank you so much for an experience I will never forget!”
  • “This internship made a huge impact on my ambition of becoming a doctor. It has solidified this for me of wanting to help those in rural areas. This internship has also made me want to change policies and the system. Although I am aware that it will be challenging; I no longer want to conform to what it is, but I now feel along with the help of others that we can change the way we provide care and change the stigma of how certain people are seen in our society.”
  • “I had my doubts about spending my final summer as a college student in some place that I knew nothing about. In the end, I couldn’t be happier that I went through this experience, it opened my eyes to so many ideas about my own future as well as my perspective on poverty. I discovered that I want to explore the country and see all the types of diverse communities before I settle down into a long career. But most of all, my passion to help people was reinforced.”
  • “I think I will likely move to Kentucky after I graduate from law school so that I can work for (my agency). It was a life-changing experience!”

SHECP Summer Internships unite students with agencies that work in distressed communities. Students learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished communities and working alongside individuals seeking to improve their communities. The agencies, located in both urban and rural sites, 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. Students learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished communities and working alongside individuals seeking to improve their communities.

This is a competitive program with an application and interview process at each institution. Once accepted, students work with their university contact and the SHECP internship director in securing an internship.

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