Program Details

Timeline | Eligibility | Application Process | Placement Process | Program Requirements | Financial Information | AmeriCorps Education Award


Program dates: June 5 - August 4, 2015
Application Deadline for non-W&L students: Contract school intern contact for details
Application Deadline for W&L students:  January 15, 2015


  • Successfully complete the poverty introductory course, or other approved course.     
  • Applicants should be a sophomore or junior. Seniors are not eligible.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA 
  • Students receiving psychological or psychiatric treatment are expected to receive approval for participation from their treating physician (see Participation Agreement). 

Application Process

Students will complete the online application and upload the application packet.  

The application packet includes:

  • Online application
    • Essay
    • Selection of three internships of interest
    • Resume (upload)
  • Additional information required off-line:
    • Campus Interview
    • One letter of recommendation
      • Letters are e-mailed directly to Fran Elrod at
      • Letters are to be addressed to "Interview Committee Members"
      • Letters may address academic competency, level of maturity, opinion regarding readiness for a challenging, independent, professional learning experience

Placement Process 

Once accepted to the program, the student will begin the internship matching process.  

Steps to placement:

  1. A meeting is schedule with the SIP Director to discuss the internships indicated on the application, as well as other areas of interest.
  2. SIP Director matches the student with an organization, balancing the student preferences with commitments to organizations in different geographic regions and housing limitations. It is worth noting that there are varying degrees of difficulty among internships and some placements prefer rising seniors or specific academic training.
  3. Student and agency are notified of the match via email. The agency receives the student's resume and letter of recommendation.
  4. The student initiates a phone interview with the agency and both parties confirm the placement is a good match.  If one party feels it’s not a good match, the SIP Director will place the intern in another agency.
  5. Once matched, the student and agency develop a Community Learning Agreement (CLA) in preparation for the internship.

Program Requirements 

The Consortium endeavors to create opportunities that maximize learning opportunities over the summer, the internship is an important piece, but not the only piece of your experience this summer. This documents details assignments for all participants of the Shepherd Internship Program.

  • Attendance
    • Full attendance and participation in the opening and closing conferences
  • Work full time during designated internship dates (more than three days of absence is not acceptable, excluding national holidays)
  • Participate in the ‘Poverty Budget Challenge'
    • Commit to abiding by the $14/day budget. This is an important part of the immersion experience. Consequently, this is not the summer to live in a city so you can shop, eat out, and go to paying events.
  • Presentations
    • All Shepherd Internship Program interns will take part in a panel discussion presentation at the Closing Conference, (August 2)
  • Mid-summer check-in
    • Each internship location will complete a group conference call with one of the SHECP supervisors to check in mid-summer.
  • Synopsis of summer experience to share with next year's interns. (July 31)
    • Address the following points:
      • Part I: What substantive lesson(s) did you learn from your internship experience?
      • Part II: What practical matters about the city, living arrangements, etc. are important for next year's interns to know?
    • This will be available for review to students considering an internship in the following year 
  • Assessments
    • Opening Conference Assessment
    • Internship and Closing Conference assessment
    • SHECP analysis
  • Interns are strongly encouraged to journal (students from some schools, including W&L,  will be required to journal)
  • Interns are strongly encouraged to submit an informative essay about their internship and what they learned about poverty and themselves to the Consortium Program Director for review and possible posting on the SHECP website.

Financial Information

This opportunity is accessible to all students, regardless of financial need. Consequently, program fees are paid by your home institution. These fees include expenses for: housing, conference costs, Some transportation costs, and a daily stipend of $14 a day. An important part of this experience is to internalize the challenges associated with living on limited resources. Additionally, some institutions provide completion grants for need-based students. Please see your (institutional contact) for more information. (link to contact info)

Financial Package for W&L Students

AmeriCorps Education Award 

Eligible students may enroll in the national AmeriCorps Education Award Program administered by The Bonner Foundation. Participating students receive an AmeriCorps Eucational Voucher in the amount of $1,175 upon completion of the program. To learn more about this program, please visit