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, 2014
Where is it?
- Opening and closing conferences are 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.
- 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
- 2012 interns: Allison Behrndt (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andjela Pehar (email@example.com)
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. January 24, 2014
The link to the application can be found here.