SHECP Summer Internships unite students with agencies that work in distressed communities. Students learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished communities and working alongside individuals seeking to improve their communities. The agencies, located in both urban and rural sites, focus on a wide variety of areas, including: education, healthcare, legal services, housing, nutrition, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts. Students work with agencies that fit their intellectual interests in order to develop professional experience for future civic involvement and employment. This is a competitive application process available to students attending a member institution. An online application and personal interview at Centre must be completed. Once accepted, students work with Centre College's SHECP internship director (Sharon Duncan) and the SHECP internship coordinator in securing an internship.
The internship begins with a two-day opening conference and ends with a two-day closing conference. During the internship students live together in modest and safe housing, sharing meals and building new colleagues and friends. SHECP Partner Schools Baylor University, Berea College, Birmingham-Southern College, Bucknell University, Centre College, College of Wooster, Elon University, Furman University, Hamilton College, John Carroll University, Juniata College, Manchester University, Marymount University, Middlebury College, Millsaps College, Niagara University, Ohio University, The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Lynchburg, University of Notre Dame, University of St. Thomas, University of Vermont, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee University
Participation in each program phase is mandatory. Prior to applying make sure your calendar is free.
Program Dates: June 1 - July 29, 2023
Internships offered in: Economic and Community Development • Teaching and Education • Financial Literacy • Healthcare • Homelessness • Food Insecurity and Nutrition • Legal Advocacy • Public Defender • Community Building • Women’s Advocacy • Youth Outreach Locations include: Phillips County, Arkansas • Navajo Reservation, Arizona • Atlanta, Georgia • Boston, Massachusetts • Burlington, Vermont • Camden, New Jersey • New York City • Cleveland, Ohio • Louisville, Kentucky • Chester, Pennsylvania • Austin, Texas • Lexington, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia • Washington D.C. • Charleston, West Virginia Research available internships, view timelines, read testimonials, and much more at the Shepherd Internship Program website. Program Requirements • Full attendance to the opening and closing conferences, as well as during the internship. (More than three days of absence is not acceptable, excluding national holidays.) • Work 35-40 hours per week. Some placements require evenings and weekends. • Mid-internship meeting with Consortium faculty • Closing Conference presentation (panel or individual) • Program assessment • Interns are strongly encouraged to keep a regular journal during the internship and to submit an essay about their experience for possible posting on the SHECP website. • Students must have taken or commit to take at least one poverty-related course on Centre’s campus, preferably taken the spring before the internship is to take place. Students must sign up for one of the following: SLJ 210: Introduction to Social Justice, REL 340: Poverty & Homelessness, or SOC 120: Social Structure. • Participation in Centre College’s internship showcase (fall 2023) Program Eligibility • Applicant should be a rising sophomore, junior or senior and plan to return to Centre College as a full-time student in the fall. • Minimum GPA: 2.5 • 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.
Our goal is to make this opportunity accessible and affordable to all students regardless of their financial status. At a minimum, the following expenses are provided by the Shepherd Internship Program: • Summer housing • Per Diem food and commuting costs • Costs associated with the orientation and closing conference We also encourage all students to apply for one of Centre College’s summer internship funding programs if eligible. You may be able to use summer funding through your scholarship (Summer of Service Bonner funds, Brown Scholar summer funds, etc.) to help offset the costs associated with this internship.
How to Apply
There are two steps to apply:
1. Complete the Centre-specific application here. This will be used to determine initial acceptance to the program.
2. After initial acceptance, applicants must complete a SHECP program application form. (Please note that you will need to have a completed resume in PDF format to upload in the application. You will also be asked to submit the name and contact information for a reference. You should ask this person before submitting your application as they will receive an automated email with a link to the reference form when you submit your application.)
SHECP Internship Program Timeline
Shepherd Internship Program Timeline
• October 20, 2022: Student applications due.
• October 26-28: Campus interviews conducted. Virtual interviews are offered to students studying abroad.
• November 4: Students notified of acceptance.
• November 11: Student deadline for accepting position.
• April 1, 2023: Interns will be notified about internship matches. Student immediately contacts the designated agency contact to set up a phone interview. Interns notify the SIP Office staff when the interview is complete.
• April 10: Centre College deadlines for summer internship funding programs.
• April 10: In conversation with the agency mentor, draft a Community Learning Agreement and submit it to SHECP.
• May: SHECP will email housing, travel, and cohort information to interns.
• June 1-July 29: Opening conference, work dates, and closing conference.
Contact and Questions
For any additional questions or information, contact Sharon Duncan, Associate Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development at Centre College.