Do I need to have taken a poverty studies course to be eligible to apply?
Students should have some previous academic knowledge of the complexities of poverty and the diversity of experiences that it creates.  Contact your school’s internship director to find out what classes are available. Contact information for internship directors can be found at

How am I matched with an agency?
SHECP partners with more than 150 community partners in 20+ cities and towns in the U.S. to develop internship placements that benefit the student and the organization. The matching process begins with the written application and personal interview at the college. Once accepted, the students registers as an intern and this is followed by a conversation with the SHECP Internship Director. It is a collaborative process that seeks to align student interests with the needs of the agency and SHECP’s commitments. The student and the supervisor must both confirm the match after a phone conversation before the match is confirmed.

Do I get paid for my work?
SHECP covers the cost of housing for interns (see below).  Because part of the SHECP experience is its commitment to living in the communities where interns serve, in addition to housing, SHECP provide interns a modest check towards the costs of commuting via public transportation and groceries during the internship.  Checks vary depending on geographic location, based on cost-of-living including public transportation.  Interns in most locations receive the base rate of $1,000.  We ask that interns abide by the amount of the summer check. You will not be paid by your agency for your work, or receive any additional compensation beyond the SHECP check(s). SHECP interns are encouraged to implement practical budget strategies, collaborate with their cohort to plan meals and shopping, and seek out free activities in their communities.

Where will I stay?
If circumstances allow, you will be living with other SHECP interns. If you are in a living cohort with other interns, the housing will be organized and paid for by SHECP, and it varies from city to city. Interns live in dormitories, apartments, houses, and other settings.  In light of the current pandemic, SHECP will continue to monitor circumstances across the country and make decisions based on CDC guidelines, housing providers’ policies, and the policies active within each of our member schools related to COVID-19.  Bathroom and kitchen facilities will be on a shared basis, so masks and strong cleaning methods will be required at all times.

How long is my commute?
Commuting distance varies by internship, but most all will be via public transportation. We seek to limit commuting to 60-minutes each way. However, some placements can be upwards of 75-minutes each way.  In some locations, however, commutes may require just a walk or a bike ride.  Whatever the distance, the commute will be an opportunity for learning about the community.

Do I need a car to be a SHECP intern?
No, you do not need a vehicle, however, if you have access to one and would like to have it with you, you can carefully review the pros and cons.  More than 80% of internships are available via public transportation or foot. However there are a few that do require a vehicle, and some where a vehicle is encouraged.  In those cases where a vehicle is required, the intern must have a vehicle at their disposal to be matched with the internship.  In those where a vehicle is encouraged, a student with or without access to a vehicle is eligbile. Please carefully read the internship description to understand the commute situation.

If a car is mandated by the internship, it is stated in the internship description, and it will be addressed in the matching email sent by SHECP.  In those rare cases, SHECP can reimburse the intern for parking at the housing location and only for mileage to drive to the internship and from the internship to the closing conference.  In advance of internship confirmation, student must clarify with the supervisor whether or not the agency will provide parking at work and reimburse for mileage for miles driven for the agency.  SHECP does not reimburse for this.

If it is not stated in the internship description that a car is required, and yet the intern chooses to bring a car, they must notify the SHECP Internship Director in writing by April 25th.   In this case, the student driver is responsible for all gas and other car expenses, including parking at the internship housing and at work.  SHECP may not coordinate student riders.

How will I get to my internship city? Interns and/or their college internship program arranges and pays for travel to the internship housing and then at the conclusion of the Closing Conference back home.

What else am I required to do, in addition to the eight-week internship?
All interns participate in orientation sessions, preparation modules, the Opening Conference, as well as a Closing Conference.  The preparation modules and the Opening Conference is very important to preparation for the internship, including the work with the agency and living with a cohort.  The Closing Conference is essential to processing the internship experience and presenting to other interns and faculty what you have learned during the internship.  Additionally, all interns participate in weekly cohort discussions and keynote opportunities, as well as complete a few written or video presentations. These meetings and assignments are important to make the most of the internship placement and academic and professional development.  SHECP encourages all interns to journal during the summer and to write an essay at the conclusion to advance your learning and academic development.

In what locations does SHECP offer internships?
We anticipate offering rural and urban placements in cities or towns: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Birmingham, AL; Boston, MA; Burlington, VT; Camden, NJ; Cleveland, OH; Charleston, WV; Chester, PA; Delta Region of AR or MS; Greensboro, NC; Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; Poughkeepsie, NY; Richmond, VA; Roanoke, VA; Savannah, GA; Shamokin, PA; and Washington, DC.

UPDATED October 27, 2020

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