Since 2005, Middlebury College has participated in the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty to support students in summer internships with agencies that seek to work alongside vulnerable populations.

Middlebury College is one of over twenty member institutions of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proliferation of poverty studies programs at colleges and universities in the U.S.

How It Works

Internships are available to non-graduating Middlebury students and are located in urban and rural settings throughout the United States with agencies that serve in educational, healthcare, legal, housing, social and economic capacities for the needs of individuals and their communities.

  • Full time, 8-week internships includes housing and a modest living allowance provided, along with a $1500 internship stipend and $500 travel award.
  • Participation in the Opening and Closing Conferences is included.
  • Expenses related to conferences and internship participation (e.g., food, housing, internship-related transportation, etc.) are covered by Middlebury College.

Application Process

Applications for our summer 2023 program will open in October, 2022. To apply, complete the Privilege & Poverty Summer Internship Program application on Handshake. P&P will interview applicants and select students for our summer cohort, identifying those cohort members who would like to pursue the national placements with SHECP. Those students will be invited to complete the SHECP application and proceed with placement through SHECP. 


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