About Internships

About Internships 2017-09-13T15:42:17+00:00

Are you inspired by:

  • A reciprocal learning experience in a distressed area?
  • 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!

2017 Interns Speak:

  • “I loved that I was forced to be uncomfortable and confront assumptions that I had been making about people and situations for my entire life.”
  • “SHECP provided the face to face experience that I think everyone should have at least [once] during their academic career.”
  • “[It’s] one thing to learn about [poverty] from a book, but actually living and working in a community that has been drastically impacted [by] poverty teaches you so much more than a book ever could. “
  • “I think the most rewarding part of this experience came from living in a setting that was far out of my comfort zone, exposing me to a community that I would have never thought to immerse myself in.”

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.