Shepherd Internship Program

What is it?

  • An eight-week internship with an agency working in a disadvantaged community.
  • Each student works with Internship Director and Consortium Director to determine an internship that fits his or her intellectual interests and/or a potential area of professional interest.
  • The agencies represent many fields of interest, including education, healthcare, legal services, housing, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.

When is it?

  • June 6 – August 5, 2015

Where is it?

  • Opening conference held at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and closing conference held at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
  • Internships are located in cities and small communities across the U.S., including Birmingham, AL; Helena and Marvell, AR; Navajo Reservation, AZ; Atlanta, GA; London, KY; Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; Chester, PA; Austin, TX; Richmond and Lexington, VA.

Who may apply?

  • Students with a minimum of 2.5 GPA
  • Sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors)
  • Students must have completed Introduction to Poverty Studies or Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching.

Financial Package?

  • Each intern receives a food and commuter stipend of $816  from the Shepherd Consortium (NYC interns receive $1,016)
  • In addition, on the basis of need, students may be eligible for a maximum scholarship of $1400.
  • Transportation reimbursement available for students who drive to internship site daily
  • Summer housing expenses arranged for and paid by the Shepherd Consortium
  • Freuauff opening and closing conference costs are paid by the Shepherd Consortium

Why Should I Apply?

  • If you want to learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States.
  • If you want to be challenged—Shepherd interns learn to cope with a job and with living in a new setting, as well as how to deal with issues of poverty they see every day.
  • If you are prepared to experience a poverty immersion program.
  • If you want to learn about yourself in a way you did not think possible.
  • The Shepherd Internship satisfies 3-credit Poverty Studies Experiential Learning requirement.

How Does the Shepherd Internship differ from a Summer Service Learning Project (SSLP)?

  • Interns live in community with students from other Shepherd consortium members (Washington & Lee University, Baylor University, Berea College, College of Wooster, Furman College, John Carroll University, Lynchburg College, Middlebury College, Spelman College, University of Arkansas, Virginia Military Institute)
  • Students select required directed readings in consultation with the Notre Dame Shepherd Director.
  • Interns must satisfy all the Washington & Lee writing requirements in addition to submitting a final paper upon completion of the summer.  
  • Students must attend the opening (Washington & Lee University) and closing (University of Arkansas) conferences.  Transportation costs are covered by the consortium between internship and conferences.
  • Internship offerings are different from sites offered by SSLP Program.  Please see the Internship Description tab for specific information.

Who to Contact for more information?

  • For more information or with regards to questions please contact:
  • Prof. Jennifer Warlick: 232 Geddes Hall, 574-631-1160
  • 2013 interns: Anna Goike (, Rachel Tullio (, and Erin Walters (


Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. January 15, 2015

The link to the application can be found here.