Do I need to have taken a Poverty Studies course to be eligible?
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 https://www.shepherdconsortium.org/about-internships/internship-directors/.
How am I matched with an agency?
SHECP partners with more than 100 agencies in twenty cities and towns in the U.S. to develop internship placements that benefit the student and the agency. The matching process begins with the written application and personal interview at the college. It is a collaborative process involving the student, the college, and the SHECP internship coordinator to align student interests with the needs of the agency. The student and the supervisor must both confirm the match after a phone conversation.
Do I get paid for my work?
SHECP covers the cost of housing for each intern (see below). Because part of the SHECP experience is its commitment to immersion in the communities where interns serve, we provide a modest living stipend that will help alleviate the costs of transportation, food, and other necessities during your internship. Each Shepherd intern will receive what amounts to about $14 per day as a stipend from either SHECP or your school. You will not be paid by your agency for your work, or receive any additional compensation beyond the initial per diem. 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?
You will be living with other SHECP 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. SHECP arranges housing with the safety of the students and distance to work in mind.
How long is my commute?
Commuting distance and method varies by internship. We seek to limit commuting to 60-minutes each way. However, some placements in New York and Atlanta are about 75-minutes each way. In some locations, however, commutes may require just a walk or a bike ride.
Do I need a car to be a SHECP intern?
No, but we rely on student drivers to carpool between the conferences and the internship city. If you plan to take a car, be sure to contact Amy DeHart. If SHECP asks you to use your car for travel, you will be reimbursed for mileage to and from the opening and closing conferences ($0.375 per mile). Some placements require a car. If the student is required to drive for the internship, part of the per diem should be used to cover gas. Students must clarify with the supervisor whether or not the agency will reimburse for mileage for the agency.
What else am I required to do in addition to the eight-week internship?
All interns participate in a two-day opening conference and a two-day closing conference. 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 a mid-summer meeting with SHECP staff or representatives to report on what you are learning. These meetings are important to make the most of the final weeks of the internship and preparing for your reflections at the closing conference.
In what locations does SHECP offer internships?
Rural and urban placements in areas including: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Burlington, VT; Camden, NJ; Cleveland, OH; Charleston, WV; Chester, PA; Greensboro, NC; Helena-West Helena, AR; Klagetoh, AZ; Louisville, KY; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Richmond, VA; Roanoke, VA; Savannah, GA; Washington, DC.