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Shepherd Internship Program

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) integrates rigorous academic study and focused direct service to disadvantaged communities and persons, enriching the education of undergraduate and law students in all majors and career paths. The intent of this program is to prepare students for lives aimed at diminishing poverty and enhancing human capability through professional and civic efforts.

Managed by Washington and Lee University, the Shepherd Internship Program (SIP) is competitive and designed to serve members of the SHECP. It is an 8-week internship program that places students with non-profit and government funded agencies in a variety of human service sectors throughout the United States.

SHECP Partner Schools

Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Berea College, Berea, Kentucky; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Centre College, Danville, KY; Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH; College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio; Elon University, Elon, NC; Furman University, Greenville, SC; Hendrix College, Conway, AR; John Carroll University, University Heights, OH; Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA; Marymounty University, Arlington, VA; Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT; Millsaps College, Jackson, MS; Niagara University, Niagara, NY; Spelman College, Atlanta, GA; University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR; University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN; Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Dates & Program Phases

Participation in each program phase is mandatory. Prior to applying make sure your calendar is free.
  • Two-day orientation: Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, 2014, Lexington, Virginia
  • Eight-week Internship: Monday, June 9 - Friday, August, 1, 2014
  • Two-day Closing Conference and Symposium: Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Lexington, Virginia

Internship Details

Internships offered in: Community Building • Economic Development • Education • Healthcare • Homelessness • Housing access • Hunger & Nutrition • Legal Advocacy • Youth Outreach

Locations include: Phillips County, Arkansas • Navajo Reservation, Arizona • Atlanta, Georgia • Tampa, Florida • Boston, Massachusetts • Camden, New Jersey • New York City • Greensboro, North Carolina • Cleveland, Ohio • Chester, Pennsylvania • Austin, Texas • Lexington, and Richmond, Virginia • Washington D.C. • Charleston and Fayetteville, West Virginia

Research available internships, view timelines, read testimonials, and much more at the Shepherd Internship Program website. (Click on "Internships" in the right-hand column to view available internships.)

Program Requirements

  • Full attendance to the opening and closing conferences
  • Blog entry and response
  • Mid-internship meeting with Consortium faculty
  • Closing Conference presentation (panel or individual)
  • Program assessment
  • Synopsis (1-page internship overview)
  • Web publicity (optional)
  • 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 either REL 340: Poverty & Homelessness or SOC 120: Social Structure.
  • Participation in Centre College's reverse internship fair (fall 2014)


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 Centre College:
  • Summer housing
  • Food and summer commuter stipend of $816
  • 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.

Bonner AmeriCorps Award

Enrollment is not competitive and most SIP internships meet AmeriCorps qualifications. Eligible students (≥18 yrs, U.S. citizen, and felony free) may enroll in Bonner AmeriCorps Education Award yielding an award of $1,175. This is a voucher to apply towards education expenses and is valid for seven years. AmeriCorps has a lifetime quota of two years; this award accounts for 1/8 of the quota. Participation in Centre's Bonner program is not necessary to be eligible for this award. More information is available on at the Bonner.org Wiki page.

How to Apply

There are two steps to apply:

Shepherd Internship Program Timeline

  • January 24, 2014: Student applications due.
  • February 5-7: Campus interviews conducted.
  • February 20: Students notified of acceptance.
  • March 24-28: Interns and agencies will be notified about internship placements.
  • March 31-April 11: Interns will conduct telephone meetings with their agency supervisors to confirm placement match. If a match is not successful, the intern will be placed with a second organization.
  • April 2-14: Centre College deadlines for summer internship funding programs.
  • June 6-7: Opening Conference will be held at Washington and Lee University (required of all interns).
  • June 8: Interns will travel to their internship locations, settle into housing and navigate public transportation and their commute to work.
  • June 9-13: First week of internship. Complete a Community Learning Agreement (internship contract) during the first week.
  • August 1: Last day of internship.
  • August 2-3: Students travel to Closing Conference (location TBD.)
  • August 4: Frueauff Closing Conference for SIP.
  • August 5: Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty Inaugural Symposia.
  • August 5 by 2:30pm: Departure

For More Information

Research available internships, view timelines, read testimonials, and much more at the Shepherd Internship Program website. (Click on "Internships" in the right-hand column to view available internships.)

You can also contact Mindy Wilson, Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Internships at Centre College.