Program Details

Program Details 2017-09-12T16:05:00+00:00


Internship program dates: Thursday, June 7 – Sunday, August 5, 2018
Application Deadline: Each school is different. Contact school internship director for details
(generally it is October – January 15)


  • Successfully complete the poverty introductory course, or other approved course.     
  • Applicants should be a sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible.  Many first-year students have enough life experience to participate.
  • Good academic standing .
  • Situations in our program may be very stressful for some participants. Please review any ongoing medical or psychological needs you may have with your treating clinicians, carefully consider whether this is the right program for you, and discuss with us any appropriate accommodations you may require.

Application Process

Students will complete the online application and upload the application packet which includes:

  • Online application
    • Three short essays
    • Identify three internships or internship areas of particular interest
    • Resume (upload)
  • Additional information required off-line:
    • Campus Interview
    • One letter of recommendation
      • Letters are e-mailed directly to
      • Letters are to be addressed to “Interview Committee Members”
      • Letters may address academic competency, level of maturity, flexibility, and readiness for a challenging, independent, professional learning experience
      • Do not address specific internship placements in the letter.

Placement Process 

Once the member school has accepted a student to the program, the student will begin the internship matching process.  

  1. A meeting is schedule with the SHECP Internship Director to discuss the internships highlighted on the application, as well as other internships in interest area. Use Sakai Course Management System to sign up. Contact Amy for an account.
  2. SHECP Internship Director matches the student with an organization, balancing the student preferences with commitments to organizations in different geographic regions and housing limitations. It is worth noting that there are varying degrees of difficulty among internships and some placements prefer rising seniors or specific academic training.
  3. Student and agency are notified of the match via email. The agency receives the student’s resume and letter of recommendation.
  4. The student initiates a phone interview with the agency and both parties confirm the placement is a good match.  If one party feels it’s not a good match, the SHECP Internship Director will place the intern in another agency.
  5. Once matched, the student develops with the agency supervisor a Community Learning Agreement (CLA) in preparation for the internship.