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The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty integrates rigorous academic study and focused direct service with disadvantaged communities and persons. The intent of this program is to prepare students for lives aimed at diminishing poverty and enhancing human capability.


The Shepherd Internship Program is competitive and designed to serve members of the Consortium. It is an eight-week summer internship program that places students with non-profit and government-funded agencies in a variety of human service sectors throughout the United States.

Participation in each program phase is mandatory. Prior to applying, make sure your calendar is free.

Opening Conference, Online, June 2, 2022

Eight-week Internship, June 6–July 28, 2022

Closing Conference, Online, July 29, 2022

  • Full attendance at opening and closing conferences
  • Mid-internship meeting with Consortium faculty
  • Closing conference presentation
  • Program assessment
  • Web publicity (optional)
  • Must be a current, full-time JCU sophomore or junior student graduating May 2023 or later
  • Community Building
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Financial Literacy and Job Placement
  • Food Insecurity and Nutrition
  • Healthcare and Public Health
  • Homelessness
  • Immigration
  • Legal Services
  • Youth Outreach
  • Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Helena, Arkansas
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New York, New York
  • Richmond and Roanoke, Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.

Our goal is to make this opportunity accessible and affordable to all students regardless of their financial status. Your summer housing, food, and most travel expenses will be covered. In addition, you will receive a stipend of $1,400 at the completion of the internship. 

  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
  • Birminghan Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
  • College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
  • Elon University, Elon, North Carolina
  • Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
  • John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio
  • Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
  • Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana
  • Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
  • Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Niagara University, Niagara, New York
  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • University of Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia
  • Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virgina