2020 Program dates: Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, August 2
Application: Applications are closed for Summer 2020. 


  • We recommend that applicants be a sophomore or junior.  Many first-year students have enough life experience to participate. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Student must be in good standing at a SHECP Member School.
  • Student must be 18 years of age or older
  • Successful completion of the poverty introductory course, or other approved course.     
  • NOTE:
    • 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 complete the online application and upload the application packet.  

The packet includes:

  • Online application includes:
    • Several short essays
    • Resume (upload)
    • Name and email address of the person who will be sending a recommendation on your behalf.
    • Basic information about you, contact info, major, language proficiency, etc…
    • Indicate one or two internship fields of interests.  Describe skills, experience, academic grounding you would bring to an agency in these fields.
  • Additional information required off-line:
    • Campus Interview
    • One letter-of-recommendation
      • Signed letters need to be e-mailed by the recommender to [email protected] before your school’s application deadline (and no later than January 20).
      • 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.
      • Person making recommendation may be an previous or current employer, teacher, professors, pastor, or other person who knows you well.  It should not be your school’s internship director.
      • Please do not ask the address specific internship placements in the letter.

Internship Matching Process 

Once the member school has accepted a student as a SHECP Intern, the student registers to be an intern and the internship matching process will begin.  This process takes place during, January, February, and March. 

  1. A meeting is schedule with the SHECP Internship Director to discuss the students professional goals and possible internships placements. Student and Internship Director identify five possible placements located in at least four different geographic locations.
  2. SHECP Internship Director matches the student with an organization, balancing the student preferences with commitments to organizations in different geographic regions and housing commitments. 
  3. Student, agency, and college are notified of the match via email from SHECP by April 1. The agency receives the student’s resume, letter of recommendation, and some essay responses.
  4. The student initiates a phone interview with the agency.  After the call, both parties must confirm the match before the placement is finalized.  If one party feels it’s not a good match, the SHECP Internship Director will match the intern in another agency. (A second match is not common, but there are several each year for a wide variety of reasons.)
  5. Once matched, the student develops with the agency supervisor a Community Learning Agreement (CLA) by April 10 in preparation for the internship.  This helps to further align expectations.