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2015 Intern Essays Provide Powerful Lessons for Poverty Across the U.S.

Essays from many of the nearly one hundred college and law school students who served as 2015 Shepherd Internships are being posted almost daily. Read about what the interns learned from their summer of work. .

Students have returned from eight-week internships with agencies that work with impoverished communities and individuals. Students learned first-hand about multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working in communities and alongside individuals seeking to improve their communities.

The agencies, located in various urban and rural sites in the United States, focus on education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.  Students worked with agencies that fit their intellectual, professional, and civic interests in order to develop their knowledge skills for a lifetime of professional and civic involvement.

Harlan Beckley, Executive Director of the Shepherd Consortium, notes that “the interns voluntarily submit essays what they learned during their internships, not merely what they did. We review drafts of submitted essays until they are acceptable for posting on the SHECP website. These students,” Beckley observes, “are continuing their experiential education with thoughtful essays that can lead them to extensive research projects and papers. “

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