Shepherd Poverty Internship

2014 Information

The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) supports students in summer internships with agencies that seek to benefit impoverished members of society. Each summer, approximately eighty students are selected from about twenty member colleges and universities to learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States by working for agencies that strengthen impoverished communities and assist poor persons to participate more fully in society. These agencies are located in urban and rural sites throughout the United States (primarily Eastern U.S.), and serve the educational, healthcare, legal, housing, psychological, social, and economic needs of individuals and their communities.  Middlebury College has been participating in this internship program since 2005. Each summer Community Engagement works with the Director of Internships and a faculty review committee to select up to five students to represent Middlebury in this signature internship program.

In addition, similar internships are also available with local agencies that address issues of poverty here in Addison County, VT.

SHECP partner and host campus, Washington and Lee University, has launched a poverty focused website, onPoverty.org. Here you can talk about writing on issues of social justice, post an article you've written, or read about others' efforts in the fight against poverty.

For more information on these internships view the recruitment PowerPoint, or contact Community Engagement Director Tiffany Sargent.