Considering offering an Internship?

Considering offering an Internship? 2015-10-20T10:02:23+00:00

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Interns come with a keen interest and academic background in a broad spectrum of issues related to poverty and human capabilities. This summer internship is a continuation of the undergraduate education, and thus, must be challenging, meaningful, and substantive.

Participating students commit to eight weeks of full-time supervised work with agencies that serve impoverished communities. Students qualify for placements through a competitive process requiring a written application and campus interview.

Working 35-40 hours per week during June and July, students will need frequent supervision to provide structure and mentoring to perspective for their work. Agency supervisors are expected to provide meaningful tasks that allow students substantive interaction with the clients, the community and the internal agency. Additionally, the tools necessary to do the work (such as a desk and computer) must be provided. When on-the-job driving is required, the agency reimburses expenses.

We cannot guarantee an intern every summer. Once a placement is made, the agency conducts a phone interview with the student and confirms a positive match. On the rare occasions the student or agency mentor determine it’s not a good match, SHECP assigns the student to an alternate placement. At the conclusion of the internship, the supervisor and the student will be asked to offer an assessment of the volunteer arrangement.

First Steps

  • Consider the needs of your agency and the personnel who are best equipped to serve as a supervisor of a young and bright student.
  • Contact SHECP – Amy DeHart, 540-458-8164 or Fran Elrod, 540-458-8230.
  • Develop an internship description. This is a marketing opportunity to engage students best suited for your agency. Create a broad stroke of the types of activities involved and skills needed. Highlight opportunities for intern to interact with clients, engage with staff, and work either on-going programs or special projects.

Background on the Summer Internship Program

SHECP fosters collaboration among 20 member colleges for the purpose of advancing sustained education on poverty and human capability in order to prepare students for a lifetime of professional and civic engagement.
The Summer Internship Program is an eight-week, full-time, volunteer summer experience.

Since 1998, we have been placing talented, engaged college students with an academic grounding in poverty studies at non-profit agencies serving impoverished communities. The internships have a substantial short-term impact on both agency capacity, student learning and those whom agencies serve. The long-term impact is raising future professionals’ awareness and critically minded understanding of poverty in this country.

Four goals for participants:
(1) Engender student civic responsibility through service-learning work with impoverished individuals and communities;
(2) Provide substantive support to social service agencies so that they may provide a level of service that would not otherwise be met;
(3) Promote respect for differences through student engagement with diverse communities and fellow interns;
(4) Facilitate students’ poverty awareness and impel them to integrate anti-poverty action in their post-graduate vocations and personal lives.

We sponsor 100 students from diverse liberal arts colleges. The experience is fortified by an opening orientation and a culminating conference, providing time for training and reflection as well as opportunity to form networks for future collaboration.

The internship is a vital component to an academic program employing an interdisciplinary approach to studying the definitions, causes and possible solutions to poverty. The program draws on the best practices of service-learning, a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
We partner with more than 90 agencies that serve the educational, healthcare, legal, housing, psychological, social, and economic needs of underserved communities in urban and rural locations throughout the United States.

The program brings together students, faculty and staff from the institutions.  Each SHECP institution has a commitment to academic excellence and dedication to service, allowing participants from each school to bring a unique knowledge and experience base to their internship placement.