Shepherd Internship Program
As part of this mission, SHECP brings together students from member institutions with agencies that work to benefit our nation's impoverished. Through the Shepherd Alliance internship program, students learn first-hand about the multi-dimensional nature of poverty in the United States. In doing so, students work for eight weeks to strengthen impoverished areas through collaboration efforts with partner agencies and individuals who are working to improve their communities. Shepherd Alliance partner agencies are centered around the areas of education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.
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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.
June 7 - August 5, 2018
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.
Visit the SHECP Internships page to see what internships are available for the upcoming summer. You can even search by discipline and location.
The Shepherd Alliance is pleased to offer internships in a wide variety of areas suitable to all interests and courses of study. Interns from Notre Dame have previously been placed at sites such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Public Defender Service, and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. Previous years' intern's final projects can be viewed here.
- 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.
Each intern receives a food and commuter stipend from the Shepherd Consortium and a $2,000 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.
- 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).
1. Complete Shepherd Internship Application: Apply Now
2. Submit University Transcript to the ND Shepherd Coordinator (see below). This can be an unofficial transcript, which can be requested and delivered electronically using Transcript Request on InsideND.
3. Submit a current resume via the online application.
4. Submit a letter of recommendation (submitted directly by recommender) to serve as a character reference. This letter is to be a character reference from a past academic, volunteer, or employment supervisor.
Applications for the Shepherd Internship Program open mid-October and will be accepted until mid-January. Applicants who submit before Thanksgiving break will be interviewed before the last day of classes of the Fall semester. Offers extended after this first round of interviews must be accepted. Some applicants may receive a deferred decision after their December interview and will be considered with the later applicant pool. Applications received after Thanksgiving break will be eligible for interviews during the second week of the Spring semester. Positions offered after Spring semester interviews are non-binding. Students studying abroad must make themselves available for an interview via Zoom.
Notified of status--No later than January 31, 2018
Deadline for acceptance of our offer--February 8, 2018
Internship--June 7 - August 5, 2018
For more information or with regards to questions please contact The University of Notre Dame Shepherd Program Coordinator.