Are you interested in:

  • A reciprocal learning experience in a disenfranchised community?
  • Pursuing a potential career path?
  • Exploring a new city or town in the U.S.?
  • Living with other students who share these interests?
  • Enhancing your skills in budgeting resources and independent living?

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.”
  • “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 community partners that work in disadvantaged 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 professionals and community leaders seeking to empower their communities. The community partners, located in both urban and rural sites, focus on a wide variety of areas, including: education, healthcare, legal services, housing, nutrition, and social, economic, and community-building. Students work with agencies that match their intellectual interests in order to develop professional experience and skills for future civic involvement and employment.

This is a competitive application process available only to students attending a SHECP Member Institution.  An online application and personal interview at your institution must be completed. Once accepted, students work with the SHECP internship director to identify a strong internship match.

The internship begins with orientation sessions and/or an opening conference in the spring and ends with a closing conference. During the internship students live together in modest and safe housing, sharing meals and building new colleagues and friends.

updated August 19, 2021

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