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?

  • First week in June to last week in August

Where is it?

  • Opening and closing conferences held at member institutions.
  • 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 the Catholic Social Teaching core course for the CST Minor.

Financial Package?

  • Each intern receives a food and commuter stipend from the Shepherd Consortium and a scholarship toward tuition from the Notre Dame Shepherd Program.
  • Round trip transportation costs are covered from home to opening conference and from closing conference back home. On-site transportation during the internship is also covered.
  • Summer housing expenses arranged for and paid by the Shepherd Consortium.
  • Opening and closing conference costs are paid by the Shepherd Consortium.

Why Should I Apply?

  • To learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty in the United States.
  • 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.
  • To experience a poverty immersion program.
  • To learn about yourself in a way you did not think possible.
  • To satisfy the 3-credit Poverty Studies Experiential Learning requirement or one of the 3-credit CST Minor elective requirements.
  • To 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).

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

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. January 16, 2016

The link to the application can be found here.